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Our production sites at Cassel and Newton Aycliffe in the North East of the UK have again demonstrated the value of the apprenticeship route into work by taking on a team of talented new recruits.

Six young people, all sponsored by Lucite International through their 3- and 4-year apprenticeships at a local college, have been offered Production Technician roles at the Company’s methacrylates manufacturing site at Cassel on Teesside. One individual, Cameron Appleyard, earned a City & Guilds National Award for consistently scoring top marks during his assessments – he was presented with his Award at a special ceremony held at the Salters Institute in London earlier this summer.

Two more young people, Natasha Connor and Stuart Arkle, have completed a 2-year Young Scientist programme, also sponsored by Lucite International, which has led to them securing permanent positions as Laboratory Analysts at Cassel and Newton Aycliffe respectively. Both will continue their studies part-time for a BSc in Chemistry.

A quarter of the Lucite International’s 300-strong workforce on Teesside is now made up of people under the age of 30 and the latest new employees follow in the footsteps of many other sponsored apprentices who have joined the Company in recent years.

Cassel Site Director, Melanie Jury, said: “We’re delighted with the young people we have recruited. Each one demonstrated the high levels of motivation and achievement we were looking for during their apprenticeships and secured these permanent jobs totally on merit.

“Lucite International has an excellent track record over many years of recruiting young people after they’ve completed their apprenticeship. Recruiting in this way together with on-going staff training and development form an essential part of our succession planning as we look to the future.”