Peterlee based manufacturing company Sotech has been shortlisted for the Manufacturing Award and the Apprenticeships, Training & Skills Award in the North East Business Awards.
The North East Business Awards, now in its 20th year, celebrates the achievement of businesses in the region and highlights successful and innovative businesses in the North East.
“We are delighted with the results”, said Claire Ryan, “The categories reflect two of the things we pride ourselves on most: manufacturing excellence and a commitment to training up new apprentices in the region. We want to be seen as a safe pair of hands in the industry.”
Sotech offers a range of rainscreen façade solutions and is at the forefront of cladding design both regionally and nationally.
Reflecting its constant commitment to manufacturing excellence, Sotech recently invested significantly in a fully automated production a fully automated panel production line to increase product and ensure accuracy at its Peterlee manufacturing plant.
“We’re able to offer a comprehensive suite of systems”, said Claire, “we’re proud to provide our clients with an almost limitless choice, bringing their unique design to life with a flawless finish and an end to end production line right here in the North East”.
Claire also commented on Sotech’s commitment to welcoming apprentices into the company.
“Bringing on apprentices is a key part of Sotech’s recruitment strategy”, she noted, “As a company, we have been employing apprentices since 1984. More than half of the team once started as apprentices and we’re proud to have 17 apprentices in training in the business today.”
Sotech’s rainscreen systems can be seen on numerous buildings locally including The View at Downing Plaza, The Core – Science Central, The Northshore Hilton Hotel in Stockton and the South Shields Interchange Hub.
The award dinners will be held over February and March, with the final results being announced in April. With almost 2,000 people attending across the four awards dinners, the region is set to unite for the Grand Final.
About the awards:
The manufacturing award recognises and highlights companies that are demonstrating manufacturing excellence.
Judges will be considering all aspects of company performance that relates to manufacturing with an emphasis on quality, sustainability, investment in people and equipment, manufacturing innovation, sales performance and growth prospects, and markets served.
Examples of overcoming manufacturing difficulties, driving technology and productivity development and competing in tough market places will be relevant to the judges.
Apprenticeships, Training & Skills Award
The Apprenticeships, Training & Skills Award recognises businesses that have implemented an apprentice, training or skills programme as an integral part of developing their workforce providing opportunities for the younger generation in the area.
Judges will be looking for an ongoing commitment to skills and training, examples of how the training or apprentice scheme is used to develop the workforce, evidence of the benefits apprentices and trainees bring to their business, and for businesses that are taking a leading role in improving skills levels.
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