The Materials Processing Institute is set for further expansion and job creation at its Tees-based campus.
MPI is to create a number of apprentice, research and consultancy positions over the course of 2018, to meet increased demand for its services, buoyed by significant partnerships secured with leading steel companies from across the world.
The positions at the globally-recognised research and innovation centre will further strengthen its research and business support capabilities, and the recruitment drive marks the first time since 1998 that the Institute will welcome a cohort of apprentices.
In December 2017, the institute secured a multi-million pound partnership with Liberty House Group to support its global operations, having already welcomed delegations from British Steel and thyssenkrupp earlier in the year.
MPI is also expecting to extend its current services to SMEs and start-ups through its SME Technology Centre with a continued programme of business growth and start-up support services, seminars and workshops over the course of 2018.
The firm’s CEO Chris McDonald said: “We have enjoyed a successful period of sustained growth and further developed partnerships with a host of leading companies within the steel, metals and materials industries, which has supported the expansion of the Institute.
“It also marks the first time in 20 years that we have actively recruited apprentices, in addition to creating graduate positions, as we look to offer opportunities to young people to progress their careers.
“It is an exciting period for everyone associated with the Institute and we are now looking to capitalise on this strong growth and create further job opportunities that will strengthen our workforce.
“This recruitment will also help us to continue to provide business growth support for businesses located in the region and beyond.”