An apprenticeship scheme at tissue makers SCA’s Oakenholt mill has been expanded with another four young people joining this summer.
Their appointment brings the number of apprentices to 11 out of a total workforce of 70 employees at the leading global hygiene and forest products company’s Chester Road site.
I applaud the success of the scheme, which was first launched in 2011
It was really good to meet the new apprentices. SCA’s apprenticeship scheme is a great example of the value of investing in young talent and we need many more schemes of this kind to help tackle the skills shortage in the UK.
The four new joiners are production apprentices Thomas Lynch (24), Joshua MacDonald (19), Mike Hill (20) and Jack Eccleson (18). The site also has another two production and four engineering apprentices, as well as one safety, quality and environment apprentice.
Six former apprentices now have permanent positions at the mill, which produces paper for well-known tissue brands such as Velvet and Tork.
Site operations manager Barry Clarkson, himself a former apprentice, said: “We’re very proud of the SCA scheme and the high level of skills and qualifications that it helps young people to achieve.”