Northumberland employer seeks to fill 50 vacancies after post-Covid surge in demand for products

One of Northumberland’s largest employers has launched a major recruitment drive and is looking to fill 50 new vacancies.

By Ian Smith
Monday, 25th October 2021, 4:25 pm
Essity HR manager Clare Stewart with Hexham MP Guy Opperman.
Essity HR manager Clare Stewart with Hexham MP Guy Opperman.

Sales of toilet rolls and other tissue products made at Essity Prudhoe Mill have increased during Covid 19 – thanks to a growing awareness of the need for good hygiene products and practices.

“We’ve been incredibly busy for the last 18 months,” said Essity HR manager Clare Stewart. “Thanks to our efforts in keeping the site Covid-secure, and the commitment of our employees in following the guidelines, production has been unaffected.

“Coupled with growing demand for our products, from supermarkets and other customers including the NHS, are significant financial investments made by the company.

“The resulting 50 vacancies for engineers, apprentices, graduates and operators will help us to future-proof the site and avoid the potential skills shortages facing many North East manufacturers.”

Essity is exploring options for an on-site apprentice and training academy, and is working with local schools including SEN schools to support more diversity and inclusion. Attracting more young girls and women into engineering is a challenge also being tackled.

Current employees and apprentices manned a stand at a Hexham on Friday.

The event, organised by local MP Guy Opperman, was sponsored by Essity as part of its new recruitment campaign.

Mr Opperman said: “Essity is a global company making some of the UK’s best-known tissue products such as Cushelle, Plenty and Velvet – as well as vital paper products for the NHS – throughout the pandemic. It has a wide range of jobs available, and I am delighted they both sponsored and attended this year’s jobs fair.”

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