Potash firm creates 20 apprenticeships for local youngsters

THE company behind plans for the proposed potash mine is set to create 20 new engineering apprenticeship opportunities for local young people.

The posts are targeted at talented and ambitious people aged under 25 and the new recruits will join the firm’s five exising apprentices who joined the company last year.

It is intended the new intake will develop much-needed engineering skills in preparation for operational roles at the mine, should it be given the go-ahead, including mechanical fitters, electricians, instrumentation electricians and multi-skilled operators.

The announcement was made at the start of National Apprenticeship Week and is part of York Potash’s plans to develop its education and skills programme, which will train up to 500 people over the next three years, including up to 50 apprentices.

Matt Parsons from York Potash said his firm’s employment programme aims to equip local people with the skills and qualifications needed to operate the mine, while also increasing the supply of skilled workers required by the local engineering, manufacturing and processing sectors.

Successful candidates will complete a three-year scheme which will see them spend a year in full-time training before progressing into ‘on the job’ training for the remaining two years working within an experienced team.

York Potash will be looking for young people who have achieved the minimum entry requirement of five GCSEs grades A* to C including Maths and English, or equivalent.

In addition to qualifications, the company will also require its apprentices to be good communicators, problem-solvers and team players as well as being reliable and respectful with a strong work ethic.

Apprentices with potential will be encouraged to progress their careers with York Potash and become fully-qualified engineers.

Whitby MP Robert Goodwill welcomed the announcement.

He said: “It is good news for the area and I’m pleased that the company is prepared to invest in skills development for local people.”

Mr Parsons added: “These new apprenticeships continue to reaffirm our long-term commitment to create employment opportunities across all areas of our business and together with our other training programmes they will help us to nurture local skills and talent. A new, modern potash mine will require a highly-skilled workforce and as we have always said, we will look to source our team from the local area before looking further afield.”

Recruitment for the appreniceship positions will take place after June this year and will be advertised in the local media and on www.yorkpotash.co.uk, with the aim to have positions filled by September.

Anyone who would like to register their interest is asked to email email apprenticeships@yorkpotash.co.uk