Louth plastics recycler Luxus builds for the future with local apprentices

Luxus' young prot�g�s Robert Silvester and Simon Thompson. (Photo Supplied)
Luxus' young prot�g�s Robert Silvester and Simon Thompson. (Photo Supplied)

TWO young Louth-area graduates are taking their careers from strength to strength after moving another step up the ladder at local plastics recycler Luxus.

Robert Silvester, 22, and colleague Simon Thompson, also 22, have been appointed as the latest apprentices to join the Louth firm’s graduate academy taking the total to four in the past year.

Robert, of Louth, is a Sheffield University graduate with a Bsc (Hons) in Physics and Simon, of North Cockerington, has a Bsc in Education and Mathematics from Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln.

After joining the technical plastics company they have seen their careers take off and continue to benefit from learning their trade at Fairfield Industrial Estate-based Luxus, a firm with a £21 million turnover.

“I’ve always enjoyed designing and making things and this together with my science background meant this job provided a great fit,” said Simon.

“Luxus is investing in graduates and thinking about the long-term, so I really wanted to be part of this forward thinking company.”

Pete Atterby, Managing Director at Luxus, added: “We’re delighted to add Robert and Simon to our growing number of apprentices here at Luxus. “Finding young people with the right technical skills however can be difficult, as we all know the talent crisis in UK manufacturing has been well documented in recent years, but we believe that increasing interest in our academy can help us to really address this skills gap.

“The Luxus Academy not only offers a practical insight into polymer science and engineering, but it also provides a genuine overview of all our key business operations too. This means that on completing the programme our apprentices will have acquired both new skills and a comprehensive understanding of the company.

“Job satisfaction has always been an important issue for us - that’s why currently a third of our workforce has been with us for over a decade.”

Luxus recently became a regional winner of the HSBC ‘Business Thinking Award’, the subsequent funding it gained has enabled it to put into place both a major investment programme that includes the expansion of its R&D facilities and succession planning so it can better meet growing global manufacturing demand for its recycled polymers.