College Presents Apprenticeship Award to Mecaplast

Fri, 04/05/2001 - 01:00

Mecaplast HR Manager Kareen James-Rawson and Apprenticeship Placement Officer John Murray

East Durham College has recently presented an Apprenticeship Award to automotive parts company Mecaplast.

John Murray, an Apprenticeship Placement Officer at the College who works with Mecaplast, said: “We have worked with Mecaplast for about a year now and they have demonstrated a huge commitment to the Apprenticeship programme.”

The company currently employs six Apprentices, four of which are from East Durham College.

“We are very grateful to Mecaplast for supporting the Apprenticeship programme and also our National Apprenticeship Week activities this week, by taking part in a ‘Back to the Floor’ experience for our Vice Principal Andrew Phillips,” John added.

Mecaplast Peterlee Limited is the UK arm of Groupé Mecaplast, one of Europe’s leading automotive equipment manufacturers. They currently employ 93 staff at their UK factory, based on Peterlee’s North West Industrial Estate.

Kareen James-Rawson, HR Manager at Mecaplast, said: “I was really moved to receive this award, my aim has always been to engage with youngsters who not only want a job but a career.

“Young people are the workforce of the future and every young person deserves a chance to fulfil their ambitions. It’s wonderful that so many are prepared to do the hard work it takes to get there."

The College is currently in discussions regarding next year’s apprentice programme with Mecaplast and their next wave of apprenticeship recruitment.