Essar celebrates reaccreditation of IChemE scheme

Essar’s Accredited Company Training Scheme (ACTS) that we hold with the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) has just been approved for reaccreditation for the next four years. This is an important external benchmark for Essar’s continuing commitment to the development of its graduate engineers through to Chartered Engineer’s status. 

Lawrie Campbell, Graduate Process Technologist, completed his Chemical Engineering degree at The University of Sheffield and was later offered a position on the IChemE accredited Graduate Rotational Scheme at Essar in 2016, after successfully completing a Summer Internship Programme.

Lawrie explains why he thinks the IChemE accreditation plays an important role in the future of Essar UK and the worldwide benefits to society.  

“The world is changing and we need to ensure the next generation has the right skills and experience to make that change happen.

Essar will be one of the first businesses in the world to effectively put in new technologies to support decarbonisation by capturing carbon at its site in Stanlow for storage in the North West region. The best use of techniques and systems will play an integral role in supporting the transition to a net zero carbon world by 2050.

IChemE commits to work collaboratively as members, through education, research and sustainable engineering practices, and provides a great opportunity for the next generation.

Since working at Essar I have been lucky enough to progress through various different positions within the business, including working on the HyNet feasibility study for retrofitting carbon abatement technology. Additionally, I lead a graduate network to share knowledge and learnings on site. It’s also social as well, as it’s important to build a good rapport with your colleagues. This experience, linked with my academic qualification gives me the grounding to further develop my career.”

Lawrie is currently an Associate Member of IChemE but hopes to achieve a chartered position within the year. He is keen to further develop mentoring and shared communication frameworks that is aligned with other disciplines across Essar.

Richard Holden, Project Lead for HyNet NW, said: “Foreseeing future requirements and responding with the early adoption of new technologies is something that will become part and parcel of the world’s most successful industries. We must continue to invest in built infrastructure, people and processes, but also champion a culture of innovation so that when it comes to the adoption of new technologies, Essar becomes a global leader.”