Hurst Plastics was on hand to present a prestigious award to local youngsters at the recent Young Enterprise in North Humber Celebration and Awards ceremony. The event was an exciting finalé to a successful academic year for the enterprise, during which Hurst helped to guide youngsters in the local community as they took their first steps in the world of business.

The Young Enterprise scheme marks Hurst Plastics’ commitment to forge stronger links with its local community. Darren Glew, Operations Director at Hurst Plastics, presented the ‘Teamwork & Communications’ award to the winning Young Enterprise company Unity from Hymers College, Hull.

Darren was recently elected as Chair of the board at Young Enterprise North Humber. He says: “This social enterprise is designed to help youngsters develop new skills and achieve their full potential. It’s inspiring to see them breaking down barriers and working positively towards their goal. It’s a privilege to be involved in this scheme and to make a meaningful contribution to our local community by supporting the region’s future business leaders.”

Under this year’s Team Programme, Darren and Scott Chapman, IT Manager at Hurst Plastics, were business advisors to a group of youngsters at South Holderness Technology College in Hull. The pair supported the group of Year 11 pupils – many of whom have special education needs – as they set up and ran their business. The business successfully produced a collection of novelty hanging clip boards – made out of waste MDF from the Hurst factory – which were sold through various school events, to the general public and at a Young Enterprise trade fair.

As part of the company’s drive to invest in the development of young local people, Hurst has also taken on three young apprentices who are working within Hurst’s goods inwards/warehousing, composite door manufacture and sales and customer service departments.

Darren adds: “People development is important to Hurst and young people are a valuable asset to the business. We are very pleased to have appointed three enthusiastic apprentices who have already embarked on our development programme. We will continue to bring in fresh, new recruits and equip them with the important skills that will help them to progress their careers.”