Balcas bid to help halt the ‘brain drain’

ONE of Fermanagh’s biggest employers is searching for the perfect candidates to fill vacancies at their Enniskillen plant.
Balcas employs 300 people in the Enniskillen plant and a further 50 in Scotland.
The company provides a similar number of jobs indirectly in the haulage and forestry industry.
An open day is being held to recruit new staff members on April 20th but hopefuls will have to move fast as it is limited to 18 places.
A spokesman for the company said, “the open day is primarily aimed at general operatives for the Enniskillen operation but we also require a plant manager and a graduate engineer for Invergordon. Opportunities also exists in Enniskillen for an additional graduate engineer.”
Balcas is a leading timber products supplier, pioneering sustainable solutions in wood and the company has recently introduced a night shift, securing more work for their employees.
“We have just recently initiated a night shift at our pallet mill on site here in Enniskillen and have in the past year upgraded the technology in our main sawmill factory. Since 2000 we estimate that our aggregate investment is £100 million.”
While Balcas is investing heavily in its site here, it says one of the greatest challenges that the company is currently facing is the ‘brain drain’ as young people are forced to leave Fermanagh in the search of work.
The spokesman continued, “We help address the brain drain by creating and sustaining high quality opportunities in a highly technological, truly renewable industry. We continuously strive to innovate, recognise and welcome collaboration from all staff so that the business may grow laterally.
“We offer high quality year-long engineering student placements at both sites as well as opportunities for 18+ year olds who would like to work with us over the summer months.
We have a high number of returners and are pleased to welcome back students returning home, rather than having to stay away just to find work. It is vital, both socially and economically to provide futures for our young people.”

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