Investing in the future

Melanie Jury (fourth left), with (left to right), Daniel Jones, Lee Elders, Owen Thomas, Adam Tinkler, Javier Ragusa, Nico McCutcheon and Glenn Stephens

Melanie Jury (fourth left), with (left to right), Daniel Jones, Lee Elders, Owen Thomas, Adam Tinkler, Javier Ragusa, Nico McCutcheon and Glenn Stephens

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AN acrylics firm is planning for the future by taking on seven more apprentices.

The latest intake by Billingham-based firm Lucite International takes the number of new recruits at the firm to 27 across its various North-East sites.

The firm is making sure it leads the way after top industrialists recently urged major UK public and private sector companies to work towards having five per cent of their workforces enrolled on apprentice or training schemes.

Lucite’s latest arrivals are the biggest investment in new talent by the firm which has welcomed the apprentices to its Cassel site, in Billingham.

Site director Melanie Jury said: “This is a record number of apprentices in the time we have been part of Lucite. We are really proud and privileged to have a committed and long-serving workforce at the Cassel site who can pass on their skills and invaluable experience to the young people we are training for future roles within our organisation.”

Lucite now has eight per cent of its North-East workforce engaged in apprenticeship training.

The firm currently trains young people as technicians in its production or its instrument and electrical section.

Others are taken on as scientists and in business administration.

The apprentices will spend two years working as part of the shift teams at the Cassel site, which makes the building block ingredients in acrylic-based products, from shop and road signs to mobile phone screens and flat screen televisions.