The waste management and recycling sector is attracting more apprentices seeking practical experience for a skilled career versus academic studies, Kate Green MP for Stretford and Urmston learned during a tour of a Manchester-based end-of-life vehicle (ELV) recycling plant.
The multi-million pound plant, one of the most advanced of its type in Europe, separates non-metallic fractions from automotive shredder residue (ASR) to produce recycled plastics, materials for the construction industry and fuel to substitute coal.
Round-the-clock shifts have been introduced at the award-winning facility, which is already capable of delivering over 95% recycling and recovery of materials from end-of-life vehicles.
Kate viewed the results of further multi-million pound investment in extra processing capability at Axion’s SWAPP plant. The new building and processes were under construction during her first visit 18 months ago.
Her tour was hosted by Axion Polymers’ Technical Operations Manager Mike Bennett, Production Manager Paul Foy, Project Engineer Uchenna Onwuamaegbu and Lab Assistant Simon Davidson, who had joined as an Apprentice.
Axion Polymers’ Technical Operations Manager Mike Bennett: Kate was clearly impressed with our progress, commitment to training young people and the range of products that can be produced with innovative processing techniques.
Kate Green MP for Stretford and Urmston: I was very pleased to meet the new apprentices and learn that Axion has recruited more staff to cope with demand. The plant is certainly going from strength to strength and it’s great to see such a thriving local business in Trafford.
The company is also extending its plant-building capabilities to other clients and growing relationships with a range of manufacturers in the North West supplying systems and components.
Axion Director Roger Morton:
Vehicle production in the UK is at record levels and this creates opportunities for supplying sustainable recycled materials both plastics and metals for components in new vehicles, as well as creating skilled jobs in our industry. Innovation is inspiring young people to consider careers in the resource recovery sector and we are seeing big changes in attitudes.
Axion Polymers is part of the Axion Group that develops and operates innovative resource recovery and processing solutions for recycling waste materials.
For more information, contact Axion Polymers on 0161 426 7731 or visit the Axion Polymers website.
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