SCM Invest in Future Skills

Strategic Corrosion Management, the international corrosion management specialist, has continued its plans to develop a skilled North East-based workforce by recruiting its first apprentice since opening an operation in the region earlier this year.

The Cramlington-based company, which has already experienced strong growth and had to move into larger premises since it arrived in the region at the start of 2012, has started to meet its commitment to increase personnel with three new appointments in the last 12 months, supporting the delivery of its specialist corrosion management services, software and systems to industry.

The latest recruit is 22-year-old Michael Stokoe from Cramlington who has joined as an IT Support Technician. Alongside his work in the business supporting in-house software developments and assisting SCM’s offshore teams with technical issues, Michael will work towards a Level Three apprenticeship Diploma in Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals.

Michael, who attended Newcastle College, was recruited ahead of more than 20 other applicants and will be supported through his training by the Northumberland College.

SCM employs a team of 15 staff alongside a consultancy support network of 12 diverse Corrosion Specialists and an Engineer pool of more than 60. SCM supports the long-term integrity of off and onshore oil and gas installations, chemical process plants and manufacturing facilities.

Michael said: “There are a lot of opportunities in industry for IT professionals, particularly the energy sector, as technology and software systems become ever more integral to the operations of on and offshore facilities. SCM have given me a really good opportunity to develop my skills in this field and I am looking forward working with the team.”

Ian Cordingley, Managing Director of SCM, said: “We were always keen to utilise a local workforce when we established ourselves in the North East. The region has a strong mix of skilled personnel with industrial experience together with enthusiastic and motivated young people keen to build new careers.

“Michael is very talented and already has considerable IT and web development experience. He will be an asset to our business and we can play an important part in developing his future career prospects.”