Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

SABIC Keeping the Teesside Career Pipeline Flowing

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

SABIC Keeping the Teesside Career Pipeline Flowing

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SABIC has built close links with school and colleges to create a talent supply chain for the future THE recent completion of SABIC's Gas-Cracking Project means that the company's operations on Teesside are more secure for the future - and this makes longer-term workforce planning all the more important.

SABIC - whose UK headquarters are based at Wilton near Redcar - currently employs 600 staff and 400 contractors across its Wilton and North Tees sites.

In order to ensure a consistent flow of talent through the pipeline, SABIC is putting various initiatives into practice, from attracting young people into engineering, upskilling the current workforce, and recruiting externally to backfill the natural loss through retirement.

SABIC has built close links with local schools and colleges, with many staff acting as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassadors, providing an insight into a career in the sector.

Educational activities are a strong part of SABIC's corporate and social responsibility policy, ensuring that the young people engaged with it can form part of the talent supply-chain in the near future.

SABIC works closely with its partners at TTE, and Teesside University to secure a good supply of highly trained and skilled people who are ready for a career in industry. This can be through apprenticeships or graduate programmes.

The company also continues to develop the skills of those already in the team through sponsoring further training and education whilst employed at SABIC.

It is not just about attracting young people to the industry in general, though.

Of greater concern to the current Site Management Team is the ageing workforce and the potential levels of attrition that could occur over the next five years due to retirement.

Daren Smith, SABIC's Site Director, said: "We are lucky to have people at SABIC who have 35 to 40 years of experience working on the site; some of them have been here since they left school. …

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