Apprentices are in the pipe line

Pictured at Polypipe are (L-R) Josh Ball, Ian Charlesworth, Rosie Winterton MP, Simon Juggins, Ian Wood and Ula Sapkowska.
Pictured at Polypipe are (L-R) Josh Ball, Ian Charlesworth, Rosie Winterton MP, Simon Juggins, Ian Wood and Ula Sapkowska.

APPRENTICES have been told “you’re hired” without having to face up to Lord Alan Sugar in the boardroom.

For plastic piping company Polypipe has taken on six new apprentices in addition to the three engineering students it supports at Doncaster College.

To celebrate the firm’s newest arrivals Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton took a tour of its 11-acre factory in Neale Road, off Wheatley Hall Road.

During the fact-finding mission the MP saw how it creates pipes for the construction industry. She also chatted with staff and took a look at the company’s new multi-million pound equipment during her visit.

Miss Winterton said: “It’s fantastic to see a Doncaster firm continuing to invest and showing enthusiasm for apprenticeships and training.

“The economic climate has put increased pressure on employers, so it’s good news that a firm right here in Doncaster is investing in the community.

“Apprenticeships give young people a clear path to a job and the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.”

Polypipe’s chief executive David Hall said: “Like many manufacturing businesses, Polypipe has faced many challenges throughout the economic downturn.

“However, a continued focus on improving efficiencies linked to ongoing investment in both its people and its manufacturing capability has further strengthened Polypipe’s position in manufacturing within the UK construction sector.”