Supporting apprentices

COLLEGE chiefs have presented an award to a firm which has thrown its weight behind a scheme to reward young talent.

East Durham College has given an Apprenticeship Award to automotive parts company Mecaplast.

John Murray, an apprenticeship placement officer at the college, said: “We have worked with Mecaplast for about a year now and they have demonstrated a huge commitment to the apprenticeship programme.”

The company currently employs six apprentices, four from East Durham College.

“We are very grateful to Mecaplast for supporting the apprenticeship programme and also our national apprenticeship week activities this week, by taking part in a back to the floor experience for our vice principal Andrew Phillips,” John added.

Mecaplast Peterlee is the UK arm of Groupé Mecaplast, one of Europe’s leading automotive equipment manufacturers.

It currently employs 93 staff at its UK factory, based on Peterlee’s North West Industrial Estate.

Kareen James-Rawson, HR manager at Mecaplast, said: “I was really moved to receive this award, my aim has always been to engage with youngsters who not only want a job, but a career.

“Young people are the workforce of the future and every young person deserves a chance to fulfil their ambitions.

“It’s wonderful that so many are prepared to do the hard work it takes to get there.”