Student digs out career with placement at mine

A student has returned home to take part in a one-year ‘intership’ with the firm planning to build a potash mine near Scarborough.

Ben Hogarth, from Goldsborough, near Whitby is midway through a Business and Management degree at Leeds Metropolitan University and has just returned home to develop his business skills at York Potash.

The former Whitby Community College student is working as a development assistant shadowing Phil Larson, York Potash’s development manager.

Mr Hogarth said: “After a couple of years at university, it is great to be able to come home and gain experience of working on a major project that has local and national importance. I’m looking forward to the challenge and getting first hand insight of the operation.”

Mr Larson added: “Equipping young local people with the skills and experience to work on the project is very important to us and we are delighted to be able to provide Ben with this opportunity.

“As well as internships like these, we are developing a programme of engagement with schools, universities, training providers and local authorities to ensure that local young people get a chance to gain the skills and qualifications that we would need for the new mine.”