Worker funded by Leonardo da Vinci

07/02/12: Duraweld, Scarborough.
07/02/12: Duraweld, Scarborough.

A UNIVERSITY graduate has won a placement with Scarborough’s Duraweld after receiving funding from a Leonardo da Vinci grant.

The stationery manufacturer, based in Salter Road, has welcomed Cranfield University graduate David Rodriguez.

Mr Rodriguez is embarking on a six-month work placement after winning the grant, which is part of a European Commission funding programme aimed at supporting work experience placements for EU students.

While at the Scarborough factory Mr Rodriguez will work on a project to specify a closed loop system for the recycling of vinyl waste.

Mark Yeung, director at Duraweld, said: “The work David is doing on process improvement is part of our lean manufacturing commitment. The benefits will be felt for many years to come in the quality of our products and improved manufacturing efficiencies.”

Mr Rodriguez will also be helping the company develop a new Key Performance Indicator reporting system.

Mr Rodriguez said: “It’s a great opportunity to work at Duraweld, which is large enough to have well established reporting and monitoring systems yet small enough for me to really see my work on KPI’s have an impact.

“The work I am doing on the manufacturing side is also really interesting and will give me great experience, as well as being fantastic addition to my CV.”

A keen outdoors person, Mr Rodriguez is also hoping to learn to surf while staying on the Yorkshire coast.

The Leonardo da Vinci programme is a European Commission funding programme focused on the teaching and training needs of those involved in vocational education and training. It aims to help European citizens get new skills and qualifications.