Northumberland employer seeks to fill 50 vacancies after post-Covid surge in product demand


Essity HR Director Clare Stewart with Hexham MP Guy Opperman.

Sales of toilet rolls and other paper products made at Essity Prudhoe Mill increased during Covid 19 – thanks to a growing awareness of the need for good hygiene products and practices.

“We have been incredibly busy over the past 18 months,” said Clare Stewart, Human Resources Manager at Essity. “Thanks to our efforts to keep the Covid site secure and our employees’ commitment to following the guidelines, production has not been affected.

“With the growing demand for our products, from supermarkets and other customers, including the NHS, comes significant financial investments by the company.

“The resulting 50 vacancies for engineers, apprentices, graduates and operators will help us make the site sustainable and avoid the potential skills shortages faced by many manufacturers in the North East. “

Essity is exploring options for an on-site learning and training academy, and working with local schools, including SEN schools, to foster more diversity and inclusion. Attracting more young girls and women into engineering is also a challenge.

Current employees and apprentices held a booth in a Hexham on Friday.

The event, hosted by local MP Guy Opperman, was sponsored by Essity as part of its new recruitment drive.

Mr Opperman said: ‘Essity is a global company making some of the UK’s best-known paper products such as Cushelle, Plenty and Velvet – as well as essential NHS paper products – throughout the pandemic . It offers a wide range of jobs and I’m delighted they both sponsored and participated in this year’s career fair.

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