Council boss takes role on potash team

Matt Parsons
Matt Parsons

THE firm behind plans to build a potash mine near Scarborough has made a new appointment to ensure prospective local employees have the right expertise.

York Potash has recruited Matt Parsons as Education and Skills manager to help it develop the skills and qualifications that local people would need to have a career in a new state-of-the-art potash mine.

Mr Parsons, 41 from Irton, joins the York Potash team in June after leaving Scarborough Council, where he worked as Employment and Skills manager, before which he was regeneration officer.

Mr Parsons, pictured centre, will lead York Potash’s activity to raise awareness of its employment opportunities in local schools, colleges, as well providing teachers with curriculum development support.

He will act as the link between the company and local education organisations, universities, training providers and local authorities to develop a programme that can develop York Potash’s future workforce locally.

Commenting on Mr Parsons’ appointment, Gareth Edmunds of York Potash said: “We are committed to recruiting local people wherever possible and encouraging the skills and qualifications we will need is an important part of this. We want to encourage the kind of technical skills that are sought after by both us and other businesses in a modern economy.

“With his strong track record of working with local schools and businesses, Matt is ideally placed to help us drive forward our training and development programme and we are delighted to welcome him to the team.”

Mr Parsons added: “I’m delighted to be part of such an exciting project and one that can have such a positive impact on the local area and the futures of local young people.”

When the mine is operating at full production it will directly employ more than 1,000 staff. The company anticipates it can construct the mine within a three-year time frame, which could enable production to start in 2017 if planning permission is granted.