For 15 years, the Aluminium Federation HSE Support Group has been a forum for helping members promote safety in an industry that can be hazardous. During our meetings, we encourage members to feedback on initiatives that they have either implemented or are in the process of implementation.
One initiative that particularly impressed the group was Hydro Extrusion UK’s HSE apprentice scheme, which was introduced in 2017. It created the scheme to develop new HSE professionals within the business, to help ensure there’s a stable flow of HSE personnel and to help foster a culture of continuous improvement.
The scheme is delivered with local colleges and training providers, and apprentices work towards nationally and internationally recognised qualifications. They develop a keen understanding of business management and both theoretical and practical HSE knowledge, developing skills applicable to Hydro Extrusion UK and the wider industry. Other benefits include excellent career progression opportunities within the Hydro family and developing professional networks inside and outside the business. Hydro Extrusion now has 4 HSE apprentices across its 6 UK sites, each mentored by the Site HSE Manager and the Regional HSE Coordinator.
In April 2018, we received the sad news that Neil Birt, our former HSE Group Chair (and long-serving HSE Manager of Bridgnorth Aluminium), had passed away. As a committee, we decided that it would be a fitting memorial to create an Annual HSE Achievement Award in his name.
The idea is not only to celebrate achievement within the industry, but to maintain the values and ideals Neil spent so long promoting. His vision was that by working together we could help each other and to encourage shared learning. We are grateful for everything Neil gave members, and in recognition of Hydro Extrusion UK’s achievements, we’re delighted to announce them as the first recipient of the Neil Birt HSE Achievement Award.
Congratulations to Hydro Extrusion UK
Centre – The award was collected by Kieran Veal ( Hydro HSE Technician, and one of the original Apprentices on the Scheme) and Ian Bould (Hydro HSE Manager) with
Left – Giles Ashmead, ALFED President, and Right – Helen Williams, Chair of the ALFED HSE Committee