PolyGlobal Invests in the Next Generation

Posted on: 20th Nov 2019

Award winning Wakefield firm, PolyGlobal, is investing in the next generation of its team and has hired a tool making apprentice for its Yorkshire base.

Having just completed a six-figure investment in new machinery to broaden its capabilities, boost capacity, increase efficiency and reduce energy costs, the Thornes Road firm has hired Joshua Riley to work alongside their experienced engineers as part of their succession planning.

It is the latest investment for the firm who manufacture high quality injection moulded components for the automation, construction, manufacturing, offshore, renewal and rail industries as it seeks to expands its customer base both in the UK and overseas.  The company has recently attended the K Show in Dusseldorf, the world’s largest Plastic and Rubber expo.

Working with PolyGlobal’s existing team of tool makers, Joshua, 16, who is from Castleford , is dividing his time between the PolyGlobal shop floor, where he is learning alongside colleagues, and the Appris Engineering Training Centre in Bradford, who specialise in Engineering apprenticeships.

“PolyGlobal is conscious of the need to maintain and develop a strong skill set across our teams and we appreciate the importance of succession planning,” explained Andy Young, Marketing Manager.

“Apprenticeships span at least three years, so we have to invest now.  Joshua is joining PolyGlobal at an exciting time.  We have invested massively in machinery to support our production ambitions and now we are looking to attract more customers in different sectors.  We have recently launched our own polyurethane, which has been tested through a partnership with the University of Bradford’s Polymer Research Centre and led to us receiving the Made in Yorkshire Collaboration Award.

Investment in people is crucial for the progression of our business and for future manufacturing generations.”

Joshua said: “I have always had a keen interest in engineering from a young age. My dad works in metal fabrication and so it was natural for me to try and get into something similar. 

“I am so lucky and grateful to have this apprenticeship and I will be working extremely hard to achieve my targets set at both the Appris College and PolyGlobal.”

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