Commercial Apprentice - West Bromwich
Possibility of full time career/further training after the apprenticeship
Industry leading training, experience & opportunity
About us Content
Linde Material Handling is one of the world's leading manufacturers of forklift trucks and warehouse equipment. In Europe, the company is the market leader with the Linde and Fenwick (France) brands. Since 2006, Linde has been part of the KION Group. The KION Group is the world's second largest manufacturer of industrial trucks and one of the leading suppliers of automation solutions for intralogistics. Linde is represented in more than 100 countries worldwide with its own branches. The company's international network includes production and assembly plants in Germany, France, the Czech Republic, the USA and China as well as more than 700 sales and service locations. For its customers, Linde develops high-performance solutions for intralogistics. The basis for this are electric and diesel forklift trucks, warehouse equipment, fleet management software, automation solutions, driver assistance systems, financing offers as well as services around the forklift truck and operator training. Linde's vehicle offer is unique. It comprises around 80 series with up to 20 model variants and around 9,000 equipment options. On the basis of this modular system, Linde manufactures the vehicles and fleets precisely tailored to their requirements for transport, storage, picking and stacking.
Why work for us
Our apprenticeship programme follows the Fork Lift Truck Industry Standards and provides you with the opportunity to work towards a formal qualificationas a Forklift Truck Maintenance Engineer. The programme runs for 4-years with on and off the job training. Year’s 1 to 3 will gain a Level 2 & Level 3 Apprenticeship in Lift Truck Maintenance and Repair. Year 4 is a transition year where individuals demonstrate all of their acquired knowledge in engineering. All our apprentices have an Apprentice Development Officer who is there to support individuals overall development and a mentor who will guide you through your apprenticeship programme on a day to day basis. Our programme produces the best apprentices in our industry and this is recognised by the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA).
During the three year programme, you will actively participate in everything from sales to marketing and customer service to operations and finance. Along the way, we’ll give you plenty of opportunity to show your skills, and we’ll reward your development with pay increases and opportunities for continued development. As you progress, we will work with you to decide where your skills are best suited and then define the best route for exit from the programme and into your onward career path within not only Linde MH UK but also the wider KION Group. Responsibilities As a Commercial Apprentice, you will take on 4 rotations across the business in the space of three years. This will consist of one full year rotation, two of 9 months and one of 6 months. If you are based in Basingstoke, one of these rotations will see you embedded full time in a Network company elsewhere in the UK, and vice versa for those within the Network companies who will spend time in Basingstoke. You will learn how to deliver exceptional customer service, this is the core of what we do. We will teach you how to effectively communicate, influence, and interact with all types of customers, vendors, and colleagues. You’ll learn proper sales techniques, problem solving strategies and conflict management. Those skills will provide you with the opportunity to build solid, long lasting relationships with key business decision makers.
The Successful Applicant
Qualifications Ideally, 'A’ levels in English and/or Maths are required (SQA Highers as an equivalent in Scotland). A Bachelor’s degree is preferred; however, professional experience can be substituted if applicable. You must have a full driving license, but we do make accommodations for applicants who don’t drive due to a disability. Additional Information Regardless of your socio-economic background, university attended, subjects studied and qualifications attained, Linde will always look at how you perform against our competencies and will judge you on that alone. Please let us know about any accommodations you may need to participate in our recruitment process.
What's on Offer
The National Minimum Wage (NMW) for Apprentices is £3.90 per hour as of April 2019. This applies to 16-18 year old Apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other Apprentices the Apprentice National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies.