Apprentices at Cassel site, Lucite International

Lucite International’s Cassel site in the UK is set for its biggest intake of Production Technician Apprentices in recent years when eight join shift teams at the Billingham facility in August to complete the next stage of their training.

The three former military service personnel and five school/college leavers are approaching the end of their apprenticeship training with the local provider, TTE. All were invited to meet their future colleagues and managers as part of a two week induction and placement at Cassel, with the school/college leavers bringing their parents along for an afternoon site visit too.

Melanie Jury, Cassel Site Director, said: “It’s great to be able to welcome people who we hope will be the future of our site. We have had a great experience with apprentices in recent years. Every single one of them has made the transition to the position of Production Technician smoothly and they are now helping to drive our business forward.”

Seven apprentices were taken on in 2014 and the production workforce of 120 at Cassel now includes 26 technicians who have come through an apprenticeship route in recent years, including five ex-forces personnel.

Melanie added: “We have been particularly impressed with our former military recruits who bring engineering experience with technical and interpersonal skills that really fit well with our teams”.

*Pictured (l-r): Graham York (Site Manufacturing Manager) Craig Buckle, Kelvin Buckton, Derek Hornsey, Frankie Di Mauro, Ben Hughes, Nathan Hunter, Melanie Jury (Site Director), James Curtis-Dawson, Neil Middleton (Shift Manager) Reece Bolland and Jamie Armitage (Site Operating Manager).