Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)


Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)


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SCA is one of the region's most dynamic manufacturing businesses, producing the popular house-hold toilet roll brand Velvet, and manufacturing tissue products for leading supermarket chains including Asda and Costco - as well as commercial washroom products sold under the Tork label.

Its Paper Mill in Prudhoe is the second largest manufacturing employer in Northumberland with a workforce in excess of 400.

The Mill is a key strategic asset for the Swedish owned company and regularly wins awards for its manufacturing performance and environmental strategies.

As a global company, with some 36,000 employees worldwide, SCA places a great deal of emphasis on sustainable growth and investment.

The company operates a committed investment programme for its employees. Everyone involved in the business from apprentices and graduates to senior management are encouraged and given support to continually develop their skills.

Father of two, John Priest, 41, from Blyth, was snapped up by SCA when Rio Tinto closed its Aluminium Smelter at Lynemouth in South East Northumberland in 2012.

John was a Senior Engineer in the Smelter's Casting Plant and is now using his manufacturing expertise as an Area Engineering Leader at Prudhoe Mill, where he leads a 50-strong team that work in crews of 8 on a 24/7 shift rotation. John is responsible for guaranteeing the performance and delivery of all the maintenance and resource support connected to the manufacture and production of company's flagship Triple Velvet Tissue brand.

By the time he moved to SCA he was already highly qualified with over 25 years' experience. He started his career as an electrical apprentice aged 16, gained a degree in Engineering and Manufacturing and was in the middle of a degree in Electric and Electronic Engineering at Northumbria University when he was made redundant. When John joined SCA, they continued to support his studies and he went on to achieve a first class degree with honours. The company also put him through the SCA Management Accelerator Programme (MAP). Suffice to say that John has never looked back.

"Moving from aluminium smelting to the paper making industry was a big change but when I joined SCA I knew I'd made the right move immediately.

"From day one the company has been incredibly supportive, they aren't just seeking to fill vacancies, SCA takes a long-term approach, that's shaped around the individual as well as the needs of the business, investing in my development and offering genuine career progression.

I also work with a great team of people and there's a real sense of family and solidarity, says John."

Sarah Juliff, 24, from Guildford in Surrey relocated to the region in 2011 to join the company's Graduate Accelerator Programme, which typifies SCA's commitment to inspiring and training the engineering leaders of tomorrow. …

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