Ten new apprentices join talented Cassel team as part of our investment in the future

Lucite apprentices at TTE, South Bank 15/10/14 Pic  Doug Moody Photography

We are delighted to be supporting a number of young people through an apprenticeship scheme as we look to support our plans for the future of the Cassel Site , which is Lucite International’s largest MMA production site globally.

Working in partnership with two local training providers – TTE Technical Training Group and the Mouchel Training Centre, we have made a commitment to support ten new apprentices through their apprenticeship training.

Lucite International is one of the most consistent annual sponsors of apprentices in process industry manufacturing in the north east of England and has an excellent track record of taking apprentices into employment after training.

All ten apprentices started last month training in various job roles including Young Scientist, Production Technician, Instrument Technician and Business Administration.  Rachel Carr is the third successive school leaver (post A Levels) to join the 2-year Young Scientist programme and is training at the Cassel Site Laboratory. Payten Stockton is the latest Business Administration apprentice working at Cassel site and attends the Mouchel in Middlesbrough where she will gain NVQ qualifications.

Meanwhile, Lucite International is sponsoring Kieran Dugdale and Liam Osbourne through an Instrument Technician Apprenticeship via the TTE at South Bank.  Both completed the six-month Sembcorp Skills Development Pre-Apprenticeship programme at Middlesbrough College before specialising in Instrumentation skills.  Three college/school leavers – Reece Bolland, Kelvin Buckton and Frankie DiMauro – have begun a Chemical Technician Apprenticeship also via TTE.   This involves studying for an NVQ Level 3 in Process Operations and gaining essential practical chemical process engineering skills on site.

Lucite International is continuing its successful formula of recruiting ex-Military personnel by sponsoring James Curtis-Dawson, Derek Hornsey and Craig Buckle. All three, who have transferrable skills developed during their careers in the Navy, Army and RAF respectively, will spend a year on a Process Operations training programme at TTE before joining shift teams at the Cassel site next summer for chemical engineering skills training to launch their careers with Lucite.

Melanie Jury, Site Director at the Cassel Site , said: “The benefits of a solid apprenticeship are there for all to see and around 25 per cent of our workforce is now made up of people who joined Lucite International in the last few years via an apprenticeship.”

The picture shows the group at TTE Technical Training Group facilities. They are:  Back row (left to right) Derek Hornsey, Craig Buckle, Liam Osbourne, Kelvin Buckton, Frankie DiMauro, James Curtis-Dawson and Reece Bolland.  Front row: Keiran Dugdale and behind him are Payten Stockton (left) and Rachel Carr.




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