Rotherham glass firm’s long hunt for two recruits

Building Product Solutions sales director Lynne Darwin
Building Product Solutions sales director Lynne Darwin

Bosses at a window firm about to open a £300,000 production line say they are still two people short – despite jobs being advertised since October.

Building Product Solutions, of Goldthorpe, Rotherham, still needs two sealed unit makers to work in a new glazing plant which opens at the end of May.

In December, sales director Lynne Darwin said they feared it would end up like the Marie Celeste after failing to fill six new posts.

Since then four people have been hired, including a manager with experience, but two jobs paying £7.70-an-hour remain vacant, she added

“We are looking for someone with experience because it is a new plant. Because of the money, they are likely to be local. People would travel if the money was better but we can’t afford to pay more unfortunately. At least 90 per cent of employees live within 10 minutes.

“We’ve not had anyone with skills apply, it’s the area we live in, there are no skills, no training and a lot of unemployment.

“That said, the new glass plant will open and it will be a success.”

The firm had advertised in Job Centres, through Barnsley Development Agency and through an agency, she added.

“We are having to look in-house to train people up. But it’s the experience we are looking for.

“Until we started looking we didn’t understand what was meant by a skills shortage. Now we do.

“We have had quite a lot of help through Barnsley Development Agency and the JobCentre, we have advertised and the jobs are on our website. But it’s just not happening.”

The firm received a £79,000 grant from the Regional Growth Fund, which requires new jobs to be created.

BPS already makes windows and doors but buys sealed glass units in from Manchester. The new line will make it ‘self sufficient’.

It is celebrating after it announced its doors and windows were in use on 100 housing developments across the North.

The company, which formed in 2009 during a double-dip recession, also boasts an order book of £10 million after winning long-term contracts to supply major housing developers such as Taylor Wimpey, Gleeson, Persimmon and Redrow Homes.

It is on course to achieve a turnover of £3.3 million this financial year – up from £2.4 million the year previous.

Managing director, Ian Harrison said: “Reaching this milestone is an outstanding achievement and a true testament to how the whole team work here at Building Product Solutions.

“To start during a double-dip recession and to now be live on 100 sites shows how our reputation is building.

“Our recent investments in extending our premises, new production equipment and people is a reflection of how the business has developed over the past six years and our commitment to further growth.”