Four apprenticeship roles were recently created in Bury following a recruitment drive by The Rakem Group.
Bosses employed the youngsters to take on various roles within the company which specialises in the chemicals industry.
And they said that as manufacturing grows - The Rakem Group - which is based in Wellington Street will continue to create more excellent opportunities in Bury.
Chairman of The Rakem Group, Steve Bunker said: “We as a group took the decision to invest in apprentices last year.
“Recent growth in manufacturing has determined that we will need talented and dedicated people to help us achieve our goals. By bringing in young and highly motivated apprentices, it gives us the opportunity to train them The Rakem Way and also fulfil our commitment to our community by increasing employment from the local area.”
The Rakem Group is currently made up of three companies that are Rakem, Maker Industrial and Cemkem and between them represent as the largest Sulphate TiO² manufacturer in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
These four apprenticeships were created and filled by Danny Ashburner - Rakem Sales support Apprentice; Daniel Bower - Rakem Group Assistant Lab Technician; Kane Hannah - Maker Industrial Warehousing and Production Apprentice; Josh Woodcock - Rakem Group Business Administration Apprentice.
Speaking about his new role, 17-year-old Daniel Bower, Assistant Lab Technician said: “From when I first started working in the lab at Rakem I was there to learn and slowly take on projects of my own. I’m currently responsible for some of my development and projects with the help of my manager.
“Each day is very different to the next, one day I could be looking into different formulations and the next I could in the plant, monitoring production. Having the opportunity to work in the warehouse with production educated me in how the products work and the importance of chemistry behind them.”
Another happy youngster is Danny Ashburner (pictured), Sales Support Executive.
He said: “The reason I joined the Rakem group is simple, they are a great local company and have an excellent reputation within the area. Since joining, my expectations have been exceeded. It is a brilliant working environment with friendly people in all departments.”
Company representatives attended the Bury College apprenticeships fair last year and Mr Bunker said following huge interest, there will be another intake of apprentices.
Steve Bunker added: “We have been delighted with the four guys who started with us last year and they are working throughout the organisation in manufacturing, sales, administration and R+D. So successful have they been that we will be looking for the next group of apprentices to start in September this year."