The Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Steve Green recently made a special visit to Premdor, one of the UK's leading manufacturers of timber doors.
A major employer in the borough, the company has grown to employ over 400 staff at the Darton site, producing 13,000 internal doors each day, and has been supported by Enterprising Barnsley for a number of years.
The Mayor enjoyed a full tour of the impressive production facility, meeting with employees, and finding out more about their work to boost opportunities in manufacturing for young people.
Premdor has been committed to raising awareness of training and career opportunities in engineering and manufacturing, through engagement with schools, industry visits, and supporting careers fairs. The company has also developed the Premdor Academy, a unique partnership with Barnsley College, providing students with the skills to prepare them for a successful career with Premdor.
The academy has grown from an initial idea, to the enrolment of over 20 students in only a short space of time, and the company are now looking forward to encouraging more young people in the borough to apply for the 2019 enrolment this summer.
More recently Premdor has also joined the Enterprise Advisor Network, working with school leadership teams and linking with Darton Academy, the focus is to help young people realise their potential and help them on their way to either higher education (possibly onto the Premdor Academy) or into the world of work and employment. The company is looking forward to working with students and supporting them through career advice, general business awareness, learning and development opportunities, along with the sharing of personal knowledge and career experiences.
The Mayor, Cllr Steve Green said; “I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the site and learning more about the projects being developed to support apprenticeship and employment opportunities.
“The scale of production on the site is huge, and the company is clearly passionate about developing local skills to support their growth, which is great to see.”
Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place added: “It’s fantastic that a company in our borough is thriving as a leading supplier across the UK.
"Premdor has shown a real passion for working with our young people and encouraging careers within the manufacturing industry. The Premdor Academy will provide apprentices with valuable skills to take into the industry.”
Gavin Day, Organisational Development Manager, Masonite UK added:
“We were delighted to welcome the Mayor to Premdor; it was a great opportunity to showcase our recent successes with the Premdor Academy, plus discuss our links with other local community projects and initiatives.
“Premdor is part of Masonite Group, and our shared purpose is to ‘help people walk through walls’. We do this literally through the products we produce, but we also have a firm commitment to removing any potential barriers or obstacles that may prevent people from achieving their personal goals. This is both an internal and external focus which extends to our local communities too.”
You can find out more about the Premdor Academy here.
Pictured (L-R): Gavin Day, Masonite UK and Mayor of Barnsley Cllr Steve Green with Premdor employees and apprentices.