UPM Shotton scoops national employer of the year award

Archive 20.10.2005 0:00 EEST

UPM Shotton has secured the national accolade of Employer of the Year 2005 in the prestigious National Training and Modern Apprenticeship Awards – Wales 2005.

Held at Cardiff City Hall on Thurs 13th October, John Frodsham, Systems Engineer, attended the ceremony to receive the award.

He said: “We’re delighted to be recognised by the Welsh Assembly for our training and development programme.

“We take on four apprentices each year and have a four year scheme that enables the employee to progress through the company and to make personal achievements by learning how a business functions.”

UPM Shotton was also nominated for an individual apprentice’s achievement and Scott Smales the finalist attended the awards. The apprenticeships include on the job training that enables them to learn about the paper making process.

John continues: “In addition to learning about our engineering and business processes, our employees also learn about the importance of the environment and the impact the mill has. We divert 1.6 million tonnes of recovered paper away from landfill and we also save enough water in our processes equal to that drunk by every person in Wales over a six month period.”

UPM Shotton works in partnership with local authorities across the UK, including Flintshire, to buy the recovered magazines, newspapers and junk mail collected from kerbside schemes and bring sites. It uses this recovered paper to recycle into newsprint, which it sells back to local and national papers. This means that a newspaper read one week could be recycled and re-read the following week!

For further information contact: Jenny Cuthbertson on 0113 2130300
email jenny.cuthbertson@beattiegroup.com

UPM Shotton based near Chester, is part of the UPM-Kymmene Group.

UPM Shotton is the largest newsprint mill in the UK, producing newsprint for the national and the regional press, with capacity to produce 500,000 tonnes a year.