When 16-year old Jack Walker started as a welding apprentice for local body and trailer manufacturer Cartwright, he had no idea he would be helping build trailers for the family transport company.
Sale born Jack, particularly wanted to build a career as a welder and Cartwright was only too pleased to help create an apprenticeship programme that would fulfil his dream, as they were so impressed by his enthusiasm.
Jack’s father Neil, Managing Director of the family transport business Stockport based Robert Walker Haulage, had no idea his son was aiming for an apprenticeship with Cartwright and was impressed he had been successful without any reference to his family background.
Neil explained: “Credit to him. He went for his interview and never made any reference to the business or his background. When he didn’t make it as a footballer, he wanted to be a welder and he is very happy with Cartwright. We are very proud of him.”
“We wanted him to go out to see the world and we are delighted he is making it through his own efforts,” he added.
Jack has been working in Cartwright’s factory complex on the Broadheath Industrial Estate in Altrincham on new trailers to add to the family firm’s fleet of 40 trailers.
Dad Neil explained: “We have just ordered four trailers from Cartwright and Jack has had great fun working on these trailers destined for the family business. In fact he has even welded a plate on the rear of the trailers to commemorate his work!
“We are delighted Jack has settled in so well at Cartwright. Our family association with the company goes back over 50 years and they have an excellent reputation for quality and customer service, so we know he is in good hands and has great career prospects ahead of him,” he added.