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Apprentices are perfect solution at chemical company

A chemical manufacturer in West Yorkshire is investing in the next generation through the recruitment of local apprentices.


Airedale Chemical in Cross Hills pledged to increase its number of apprentices across various departments including engineering, health and safety and finance.


The chemical company has recently recruited Lucy Sage to the team as a safety health and environment technician as she begins her career in the chemical manufacturing industry. After completing an Applied Medical Science Extended Diploma at Craven College, she gained work experience at Keighley Labs.


She will be working alongside head of regulatory, Andrew Ramsey, to identify health and safety matters and communicate advice to the business and staff. Lucy will also be conducting fire training, risk assessments and site inspections for the firm.


Lucy, who lives in Silsden, says: “I have always been interested in health and safety as a close family member specialised within this field. After studying at college, I developed an understanding for chemicals and the precautions associated with them.


“This apprenticeship gives me the opportunity to put all the theory I have learnt to practice in a working environment. I live locally and have always been fascinated by Airedale Chemical and look forward to an exciting career ahead.”


The firm has also recently welcomed Josh, an apprentice maintenance engineer, who works alongside the company’ six-strong maintenance team to carry out maintenance and regular checks on equipment to ensure the smooth running of the site.


Andrew Ramsey adds: “It’s a pleasure to have Lucy on board at the company. She’s learnt impressive theory at college and it’s fantastic to see her applying this in her role. We’re all really looking forward to watching her develop and hope this will be the start of a long-term position for her.”


Airedale Chemical employs just over 100 members of staff and has been based in Cross Hills since 1994. The firm manufacturers and distributes commodity and speciality chemicals domestically and across Europe to markets including manufacturing, detergency and dairy.


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