Clegg: Paper mill is a shining example

SCA's Skelmersdale mill
SCA's Skelmersdale mill

TISSUE maker SCA, which has a paper mill at Skelmersdale, has been highlighted among England’s top employers for training young people in the skills that industry needs for tomorrow.

The company is included in the newly published list of the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers, compiled by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City and Guilds. Welcoming the publication of the 2014 list, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “I would encourage more businesses across England to follow these shining examples and find out how apprenticeships can help them build a skilled, motivated and highly qualified workforce.”

The SCA Skelmersdale mill has employed 19 apprentices since 2008 and currently has 13 enrolled on a technical apprenticeship, including four who started in 2014 and one going through a purchasing apprenticeship.

In 2012, the mill was the winner of the West Lancashire large apprenticeship award and apprentice Stevie Best was named apprentice of the year.

Earlier this year its apprenticeship programme was highly commended in the West Lancashire Challenge Apprenticeship Awards scheme.

The mill on Pimbo Road produces paper tissues, including the household brand Velvet and commercial brand Tork, as well as “own brand” products for leading supermarket chains.

Other SCA brands include TENA, Bodyform, Cushelle and Plenty.

Site manager Mark Mannering said: “The investment we’ve made in our apprenticeship programme is an integral part of our long-term approach to inspiring and training young people to become the engineering leaders of tomorrow.

“The SCA programme has made a significant contribution to the development of our workforce and we are delighted it has received such national recognition.”