Potash company sizes up local talent

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YORK Potash has launched an undergraduate programme which will provide up to five local undergraduates with a £3,000 a year bursary towards their university studies and a chance to secure a permanent role with the firm after graduation.

The company is looking for applications from talented and ambitious local students who currently have a provisional offer from a university on a degree course across either earth sciences or engineering disciplines.

Keith Prytherch, head teacher at Whitby Community College, said: “The York Potash undergraduate programme offers young people an opportunity to gain employment, skills and vital employer support to help them achieve success.

“It is refreshing to find a company committed to sourcing local labour and the programme offered will provide an excellent career opportunity for a talented and ambitious young person.”

The students selected by York Potash will each be provided with an annual bursary of £3,000 per year to support their university studies as well as eight weeks of paid work experience each summer and an industrial placement if appropriate.

The company hopes to be able to offer all participants a full-time role after their successful completion of the programme.

Matt Parsons, education and skills manager at York Potash said: “We are committed to recruiting local people wherever possible and helping young people to obtain the necessary skills is part of developing our workforce.

“This provides the opportunity for talented local students to gain the necessary commercial experience of our operations throughout their studies.”

To apply for the programme obtain an application form by emailing Matt.Parsons@siriusminerals.com or call (01723) 470010 and submit the application form before 20 July.

York Potash is set to undertake a seismic survey in the area around its temporary boreholes in the coming weeks.

The survey is intended to link the temporary boreholes that have been drilled to historical geological data and will occur on roads around Hawsker, Sneatonthorpe, Maybeck and the A171.

York Potash’ Graham Clarke said: “The seismic work should last up to three weeks and will be complete before the holiday season. We have worked closely with the local highway authority and our team will be keeping local residents on the route informed.”

For more information call the 24-hour community helpline on 0845 5438964.

The potash company has also appointed a new managing director.

Alan Watling has over 30 years’ experience in mining and will be responsible for leading the project through feasibility studies and the construction and production stages.

He said: “The project is an important and exciting development and comes at a time when a genuine economic boost is needed.

“I understand the challenges of such a development but also the significant benefits that a project like this can deliver.”