Four young people have been given their big career opportunity as a pioneering business continues to expand its team.
REACT Engineering, based in Cleator Moor, which throughout its 27 years has a core ethos of building its business on supporting its people to be the best they can be, has carried on its recruitment strategy throughout the pandemic.
Cian Holliday joined the firm last month and has already experienced this after REACT made sure they found a way to continue his three-month summer placement during lockdown last year.
Cian said: “To be honest with all that was happening with COVID last year I didn’t think the placement would happen. But REACT were brilliant. They found a way to make it work, mostly remotely, and I am really grateful for that. I really enjoyed the placement. The people were great and they have a really good ethos.
“I am really looking forward to starting work there and getting to know all the different parts of the business and all the different companies they work with.”
Cian, 22, of Whitehaven, completed a masters in physics at Lancaster University in the summer having studied maths, further maths, chemistry and physics A-levels at sixth form in Whitehaven.
Outside work Liverpool fan Cian is a keen amateur footballer having played for Whitehaven Amateurs.
Mat Willatt is also no stranger to REACT. Mat, 23, spent a year with the company as an industrial placement student in 2019.
Mat, from Bristol, completed a Chemical Engineering degree at Nottingham University in the summer, and is looking forward to rejoining the REACT team after his previous placement.
Imogen Tait, 21, is joining REACT on a year-long industry placement and is also from Nottingham University.
Isobel Acey, 23, will join the company as a graduate process engineer after completing her masters degree in chemical engineering, also at Nottingham University.
Managing director Phil Redfern said: “The success of REACT is built on our people and we are fully committed to continuing to recruit talent into the business to help us grow and develop.
“It’s always been the way at REACT that we believe in giving people opportunities to be the best they can be. It’s an ethos which is at the core of the company.
“It has served us well over 27 very successful years and we will continue to look to recruit and expand as our business grows and diversifies.
“All four of our new recruits have taken different routes into the world of work including those who have been on placements with us previously. It’s very satisfying to see that they have enjoyed those opportunities so much that they want to join the company. It shows there are lots of different ways to take that first step on a career ladder.
“We look forward to welcoming Isobel, Imogen, Cian and Mat to the team and are confident they will enjoy playing their part in helping to shape REACT’s exciting future.”