Link-up helps dozens into new career

From left to right Liam Groom, Steve Barugh, Jack Dolman, Graham Plant (Hartlepool College of FE), Cathy Macnamara (HR Manager Fine Organics), Ben Murray, Daniel Pardue, Arthur Sigsworth (Fine Organics).
From left to right Liam Groom, Steve Barugh, Jack Dolman, Graham Plant (Hartlepool College of FE), Cathy Macnamara (HR Manager Fine Organics), Ben Murray, Daniel Pardue, Arthur Sigsworth (Fine Organics).

Dozens of opportunities have been created for process apprentices after a link-up between Hartlepool College of Further Education and chemical firm Fine Organics.

A partnership which first began in 2012 is reaping rewards. The first seven students have graduated along with another four who had specialised in the laboratory technician apprenticeship course.

Eight more process apprentices and four lab technicians are in the early stage of the latest course, and the recruitment process for the next group is well under way.

Graham Plant, Business Development Manager at Hartlepool College of Further Education, said the college was now delivering process apprentices who are “learning on the job and when they finish their three-year training programme they fit exactly into the in-house requirements.”

Fine Organics is the chemical production facility in the Fine Industries group, supplying chemicals to customers worldwide.

Lean Manufacturing co-ordinator Arthur Sigsworth said: “This partnership benefits both parties, and while we have delivered our own training successfully over the last 20 years, we can now integrate this into the apprenticeship programme with the college delivering the other qualifications required for the apprenticeship framework.”