Thorncliffe has successful waste and recycling sites in Mold and Abergele which are each saving 30,000 tonnes of waste a year from landfill.
To achieve its business goals, Thorncliffe launched an Apprenticeship programme, four years ago and it now has 12 apprentices. The business identified the need to upskill its workforce of 98 after investing in cutting edge equipment, including a new refuse derived fuel processing plant, which bales waste.
Working with the Probation Service, Thorncliffe provides employment and training opportunities to ex-offenders as part of the “8 ways to change your life” programme. Ex-offenders are initially offered work experience which progresses to a job with training if they prove themselves. To date, three ex-offenders have undertaken Apprenticeships with the company.
“We have found that offering vocational qualifications to staff has helped foster a desire to keep learning, makes them feel valued and improves productivity. We recognised that we needed a highly trained and motivated workforce and that attitudes needed to change from waste being an unpleasant job to a new science where it is a resource for our futures.” Daniel Harper, Manager of the Mold recycling site