We are committed to providing an outstanding apprenticeship programme that fully supports and develops the skills of our apprentices. Tom Bell is one example of an apprentice who has successfully completed the programme and has developed his career with AFI.
Tom, who now works as an engineer at our North East depot, joined us at the age of 17 and attended the Construction Industry Training Board national construction college at Bircham Newton.
He said: “From day one I received excellent support and mentoring from the North East depot service engineers and from AFI as a whole. I was also given the opportunity to undertake various powered access machine manufacturer training courses and I know after talking to apprentices working at other companies that this is not usually the case.”
“I’m very grateful to AFI for all the opportunities they have given to me in developing my career. I really enjoy being an engineer at AFI – they are an excellent company to work for.”
When Donna Hall joined AFI’s North East depot to cover for maternity leave little did she imagine that her career progression would culminate in her becoming an AFI Divisional Director.
Donna joined the company in 2009 as an Administration Assistant during the maternity cover but then went on to hold the positions of Hire Desk Controller, Operations Controller, and Regional Operations Manager for the North East before taking up the post of Divisional MEWP Operations Director in 2016.
During her time at AFI Donna has undertaken a vast amount of training, ranging from standard induction and systems training through to developing skills such as coaching and appraisals. She has also gone through AFI’s leadership development pipeline and has attended a course at the very top level, studying management at the Ashridge School of Leadership and Management.
Donna said: “The opportunities that AFI has given to me to develop my career over the years has been phenomenal. Their mantra is there are no ‘glass ceilings at AFI’ and I can very much vouch that for me this has certainly been the case.”
Careers at AFI
Would you like to work for one of the fastest growing companies in the UK with a workforce of over 550 throughout 31 locations in the world? In AFI, we have a huge variety of opportunities, so if you have ambition and a drive to succeed we want to hear from you.
We are committed to putting our customers at the heart of everything we do and this has led to AFI becoming the only powered access company to hold the coveted Institute of Customer Service ServiceMark accreditation.