Almost 30 jobs are up for grabs at an engineering firm which has bucked the trend – and seen its order book almost double since March.
Patera Engineering, in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, has a variety of skilled positions available for immediate start after securing an influx of new and existing work in the last two months.
The company is currently recruiting for 15 site installers, eight welders, two project managers and two draughtspersons as well as two apprentices.
Managing director Shaun Lees said: “We were doing really well going into the pandemic and we have continued to prosper during lockdown when some of our competitors have closed. We have actually doubled the amount of secured work during the lockdown period.”
Shaun added: “We had to put a stop to the installation side of the business because most of the sites are obviously shut, but we have been able to focus on the design and manufacture side and we haven’t lost any downtime at all.
“We have worked to stockpile as much as we can as our customers have asked us to carry on and hold the materials for them, which is outstanding really.
“Some of the projects we are working on are for the healthcare sector which is why were encouraged to continue to work; our supply chain has been completed unfractured so we have still been able to take delivery of things like steel and welding consumables.
“We are back into the swing of it now but we are playing catch-up and that’s why we are recruiting, we have all the existing projects that we are working on and some new ones that have come in too.
“We are looking for skilled workers who can start immediately. We have a full order book for the next two years so we will need them for the long-term.”
Patera Engineering designs, manufactures and installs bespoke steel structures – including balustrades and staircases – for major projects across the UK at locations such as hospitals, prisons and airports.
Some of its current projects include work on the Midlands Metropolitan University Hospital, Astra Zeneca’s Global Headquarters in Cambridge, Cambridge University and Paradise Birmingham.
Since the coronavirus crisis, the company has introduced a host of new health and safety measures at its City Park Trading Estate site.
Shaun said: “We were very pro-active from the beginning, we had people working from home as soon as we could and have followed all the guidelines such as the two-metre social distancing rule and additional cleaning. We have also been carrying out daily temperature checks and have invested in masks and gloves for staff, so we are doing everything we can.
“It has been so tiring trying to keep up with it all, especially when new legislation is coming out all the time. It’s been a lot of extra work trying to get our heads around it, but we’ve taken it all on board and done it.”
He added: “Our workforce has been absolutely fantastic through all of this. We have been able to manufacture every day and have made a positive situation out of what could have been a very bad time for us, and that is a real credit to everyone in the business who has embraced the challenges we have faced to keep the company moving.”
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