Potash firm teams up with college for jobs

York Potash aerial site layout for the proposed mine
York Potash aerial site layout for the proposed mine

The company planning to build a £1.7 billion potash mine near Scarborough is looking to recruit two apprentices as part of the 1,000 jobs it has pledged to create.

York Potash is seeking two individuals with “a positive attitude and strong communications skills” to work in financial and administrative roles.

The selected candidates will work at the company’s head office in Scarborough Business Park for four days a week and spend the fifth studying at Yorkshire Coast College.

Matt Parsons, education and skills manager at York Potash said: “These roles are the start of our long-term commitment to creating apprenticeship opportunities in all areas of our business.

“Our apprenticeship programme will help us attract and retain young people with potential and a positive attitude, providing them with a foundation that could potentially lead to a rewarding and exciting career.”

Sue Middlehurst, principal and chief executive at Yorkshire Coast College added: “Gaining new qualifications alongside vocational experience is vital to ensuring that local, young people can compete in a tough job market.

“This partnership with York Potash provides a unique opportunity for successful applicants and we look forward to working with the organisation as part of its long-term apprenticeship programme.”

York Potash recently launched ‘Potash Prospects’, a new job prospectus setting out the types of jobs that will be created and the qualifications, skills and experience required to work in these roles.

The prospectus was designed to help training and education professionals as well as new recruits understand the roles that will be created by the mine and associated infrastructure. To download a copy of Potash Prospects, visit www.yorkpotash.co.uk

The application deadline for both positions is 5pm on 21 September 2012. Application packs can be obtaining by contacting the Yorkshire Coast College Apprenticeship Team on (01723) 356122 or 356240.