'Future looks rosy' for Score Europe in Hull as it unveils new Saltend facility
Conrad Ritchie, Score International’s managing director.
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 28 Mar 2019
A new apprenticeship programme offering young people a route into engineering is set to be launched in Hull.
Score Europe, which this week unveiled its new facility at Saltend Chemicals Park, will offer specialist services including valve repair to neighbouring businesses like BP, INEOS and PX Group.
Conrad Ritchie, Score International’s managing director, said people were “at the heart of everything Score did,” and pledged to launch an apprenticeship programme at the site within six months.
He said: “Apprenticeships are the future. They are the talent we are looking for.
“We currently have more than 330 trainees employed in the company. If we did not have that setup in place, we would not have grown to where we are today.
Score Europe has opened a new facility at Saltend (Jerome Ellerby)
“The only way to address the skills problem is to create an apprenticeship programme. Our programmes are at the centre of everything we do, they are not simply a bolt-on that can be dropped.”
The newest addition to Saltend Chemicals Park will provide services including valve supply, repair, on-site services, testing and recertification to clients within the chemical park and to the surrounding area.
By expanding into the region, Score is expanding and strengthening its market position, and responding to increased workflow.
Mr Ritchie said the move to Hull was “a win-win” both for Score Europe and the other businesses at Saltend.
Pictured, from left, Thomas Tattersall, Conrad Ritchie, Suzie Westaway, Lesley Ann Ritchie, Ally Marshall and Steven Farniss (Jerome Ellerby)
He said: “We have been trying to support the market from other locations we have for a long time, and although it has worked, if you don’t have a local presence you will only get so far.
“What has been refreshing is how helpful everyone has been at Saltend. I think the other businesses really did want us to be here.
“We have the skills and the experience to take some of their problems away.”
The new facility currently employs a handful of people, but Mr Ritchie said by the end of 2019 he hoped this number would hit double figures.
He said: “This has been a significant investment from Score. Having the facility on site means the clients here can benefit from what we offer.
The business will support operations at Saltend (Jerome Ellerby)
“The setup is a little bit different to what we have elsewhere. This is the first time we have been operational at the centre of a chemicals complex.
“We are very excited to be here. The future looks rosy here in Hull.”
Score (Europe) Limited is part of the Score Group of companies.
Over 37 years, Score Group plc has expanded and now operates worldwide, providing engineering services across five continents with over 30 locations.