Graduates succeed at firm

Natalie Clarke from Loughborough University who helped develop the new products for Duraweld's green range.
Natalie Clarke from Loughborough University who helped develop the new products for Duraweld's green range.

UNIVERSITY graduates are proving their worth at Scarborough stationary manufacturer Duraweld.

The Salter Road based business is reaping the successes of an internship scheme, helping graduates gain work experience.

Five graduates were invited to work for Duraweld including David Rodriguez and Alexandre Pignard, who are both completing an MSc in Applied Manufacturing Consultancy at Cranfield University.

While at Duraweld they developed a closed loop system for the recycling of vinyl waste. The company has taken on board their proposal and the recycled PVC they developed will be available for customers later this year.

Loughborough University graduate Natalie Clarke helped Duraweld develop a range of new environmentally friendly products such as 100 per cent recycled notepads and cardboard ring binders. These are currently in the final stages of testing and will be available to purchase via the Duraweld website before Christmas.

Canadian Graphic Arts graduate Lee Chapman spent six weeks developing sales literature for Duraweld. Her work included designing two new postcards, producing new signage for the Duraweld factory and enhancing the design of a number of internal documents.

Finally, Brunel University graduate Natasha Francksen gained experience of working with the Marketing Department, focusing on online marketing and social media.

Julie Bulmer, Duraweld’s HR manager said: “We really value the energy and fresh ideas that these highly educated people brought to the business and I am pleased it was such a success. Working alongside long-standing experienced staff is a powerful combination, ideal for new or tricky product development projects. By having an internship scheme we get a new perspective and the student gets hands on experience. I would encourage other businesses to do the same.”