Manufacturing firm Essity works with RefuAid to find work for asylum claimers

A Northumberland-based hygiene and health product firm is working with RefuAid, a charitable organisation that works to find employment opportunities for people who have claimed asylum in the UK.

Essity’s mill in Prudhoe, which manufactures commercial and household toilet rolls and other tissue products, is looking to give migrants with manufacturing and engineering skills the opportunity to return to their previous career and access to “meaningful employment”.

As part of RefuAid’s Engineering Employment Programme, Essity hosted an open day for a group of 12 qualified engineers who travelled to the North-East from across the UK, to meet staff, take a tour of the business, and find out more about the company and jobs available.

Essity HR manager Clare Stewart explains: “I am delighted we have partnered with RefuAid on this pilot recruitment scheme. By working with RefuAid we hope to gain access to a pipeline of talented people who will be an asset to the business.”

Essity’s collaboration with RefuAid coincides with the mill’s recruitment drive to fill 50 vacancies for engineers, apprentices, graduates and operators.

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