Glass maker invests in people and a multimillion plant upgrade

New talent: The four apprentices, joining Rotherham-based Beatson Clark, from left, Gareth Thompson, Louis Fleet, James Bilham and Matthew Lee.
New talent: The four apprentices, joining Rotherham-based Beatson Clark, from left, Gareth Thompson, Louis Fleet, James Bilham and Matthew Lee.
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GLASS company Beatson Clark is to invest £16 million in plant and machinery over the next two years and is demonstrating its commitment to the future by recruiting four apprentices.

The Rotherham company has also unveiled plans to further develop its community-based glass collection scheme as part of its growth plans.

Speaking during National Apprenticeship Week, Beatson Clark company safety and training manager, Ron Branagan, said: “We view apprenticeships as an asset to our business.

“An apprentice can add a lot to a company. New talent coming into the business can motivate other employees, they can add an element of enthusiasm and drive. It also demonstrates a company’s willingness to invest in the future.

“The mixture of on- and off-job learning ensures the apprentices gain the skills particular to the glass manufacturing industry, some of which are traditionally hard to find. We are going a step further and have developed an internal training programme that covers every aspect of the company.

“Our new apprentices will not only be learning about glass making, packaging and quality procedures they will also experience office-based departments, giving them an excellent understanding how each element of a business is integrated to make a successful company.”