Donna Owens standing with LInear Plastics new recruits

Recruitment, nurture & training

Linear Plastics, leading toolmaker and contract injection moulder, has concluded an extensive period of recruitment and training at the company: Nine new staff have now been appointed to service a series of injection moulding contracts newly won by the company.

South Wales-based Linear Plastics received 240 applicants for the vacancies and then shortlisted a total of nineteen people for interview as machine operators. Donna Owens, Financial Controller explains that ‘we like to really get to know the individual and all of their interests at interview. We also ensure that they get to know us via a factory tour and other materials such as our company literature and videos.’

Linear selects people who can show real commitment to their work and to their future — commitment that we will match with them. In other words there are no casual or ‘zero contract’ hours here.

Donna Owens — Financial Controller

Instead, Linear supplies a very structured induction and training programme with plenty of scope for career progression through the company — and to the highest qualifications at Masters Degree level.

On their first day the nine successful recruits at Linear Plastics completed all necessary paperwork, and were then conducted through a health and safety induction before being supplied with their Linear uniform and assigned to the injection moulding machines. ‘The uniform immediately makes our new recruits feel part of the team,’ says Donna. A total of four weeks on-the-job training then follows, with constant supervisor monitoring and training according to the company’s in house training matrix.

‘The vast majority of all our new recruits pass these training procedures,’ says Donna. ‘A very high percentage of our supervising staff – and indeed the Linear Plastics Board – are female. This perhaps is key to the nurturing of the skill sets required and the retention of motivated and committed staff.’

Further new work is on the way this year for Linear Plastics which reports high demand across a variety of market sectors.