The Polypipe name and its brand are synonymous with service and reliability amongst specific contractors, trades and domestic users alike. We design, develop and manufacture the widest range of plastic piping products in Europe, with over 20,000 different Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) in Polypipe Building Products alone!
The Polypipe vision is to be a world class manufacturer of plastic pipe and fittings for the building industry with unparalleled customer satisfaction. To achieve this vision, Polypipe recognises that employees are its key resource. With over 3,000 employees across the Polypipe Group, we value people above all our other resources and understand the need to recruit, train and retain the right candidates as an equal opportunities employer. We support young people in gaining experience in our industry through dedicated apprenticeship programmes in engineering.
Why did we get involved in the Big Bang Yorkshire and Humber?
This was our chance to show the young talent of today exactly what Polypipe is all about, to show the next generation what a career within our industry would entail and demonstrate how we can support them through an apprenticeship.
Our exhibition stand
The Polypipe stand featured some fun interactive games to get the Big Bang visitors involved. We brought a crazy golf game, constructed using our pipes and fittings, and our Moulding Foreperson Mick Hurst showed visitors how to take apart and reassemble one of the mould tools used to manufacture our products. We also had the Learning & Development team on hand to discuss the many and varied careers on offer through Polypipe.
The Big Bang Competition Awards
The event celebrated and raised the profile of young people’s achievements in science and engineering. Students, teachers and STEM clubs were invited to bring along and showcase the great projects they’d been working on.
We were proud to be able to sponsor two prestigious awards at the event and Rachel Armstrong, Learning & Development Administrator, presented them at a special awards ceremony.
The Young Engineer of the Year for the Yorkshire and Humber region went to Tapton School for their project entitled SENtinal.
The Young Scientist of Year for the Yorkshire and Humber region went to the team from Holmfirth High School for their project ‘Do different types of conditioner affect the strength of hair?’
They will go on to represent the region at the national Big Bang Fair at the NEC Birmingham in March 2019.