A Wisbech firm is offering six teenagers the chance to gain a job that could even last a lifetime at its site in the town.
Rick Nichols, director of PPG Fabrications, said the workforce is aging and attempts to recruit replacements with the necessary skills has proven almost impossible locally, so now the company has decided to build a new team from scratch.
The firm, based on Nene Parade, employs around 35 people and specialises in aluminium tipper bodies for blue-chip companies such as La Farge, Hansen and Tarmac and has contracts for the next six months.
Mr Nichols said the company is looking to recruit six 16 to 18-year-olds with the aim of training them on site, but with possible day-release if necessary. The six will receive a fair wage and if they stick the training are guaranteed a full-time, permanent job.
Four of the positions are for highly skilled fabrication welders working in aluminium, there will be one store-man post and one technical design person.
Mr Nichols said he had tried all the usual channels to find the right people but because aluminium welding is such a skilled trade there are limited numbers available.
He hopes the Citizen will help find the right calibre of candidates.
He is looking for motivated young people, with a reasonable level of education – not necessarily lots of GCSEs and A-levels – a willingness to learn and be committed to complete the training, which can take up to three or four years.
He said: “The welding jobs are probably more suited to boys than girls, simply because it is quite heavy work, but the stores and technical drawing positions would suit either sex.
“We’re not looking for people with great academic achievement, but they will need to read and write and have a basic level of maths. But it really does depend on the individual candidates.
“Obviously there is no such thing as a job for life these days, but they will definitely have a skill for life.”
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