A young unemployed woman has turned her life around to become part of a dynamic new workforce at AkzoNobel’s manufacturing facility in Ashington.
Mellisa Armstrong, 20, from Ashington in Northumberland, is one of the first to take up a role as manufacturing support operator at its £100m plant, demonstrating the company’s commitment to create long-term sustainable jobs for unemployed local people.
The firm has forged a partnership with Jobcentre Plus and Northumberland College to provide local people – many of whom may be unemployed and unskilled or skilled, but have been made redundant – with the opportunity to take up roles at the decorative paints facility, which will produce globally famous brands such as Dulux, Polycell, Cuprinol and Hammerite.
Armstrong gained the job after successfully completing a two-week Pre-Employment Training Course delivered by Northumberland College in conjunction with AkzoNobel.
She said: ‘Being part of the team at Ashington has really changed my life for the better and has given me the opportunity to be part of a team that really cares about each other and the people of Ashington.
“I have really found my confidence since joining.”