Belfast Telegraph

Packaging firm launches new academy to fill jobs

By Margaret Canning

American packaging giant Bemis has launched an academy to train up candidates for a new centre at its Co Londonderry operation. The company, which owns Bemis Healthcare Packaging in Londonderry, announced it was opening a European business service centre in its Campsie premises earlier this year

The centre is to create up to 95 roles in finance and IT over the next five years. Bemis Healthcare Packaging already employs around 260 people.

Now it's launching a five-week course to equip people with the skills for roles in the new centre. Successful participants who complete the course will then be offered an interview for the jobs.

A spokesman for the Department for the Economy (DfE) said: "The five-week academy, supported by the Department for the Economy and delivered in partnership with the North West Regional College, will also see the successful participants gain industry-recognised qualifications.

"Previous experience is not required, but applicants must possess a HND or degree in any discipline."

Bemis is based in Wisconsin and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. It manufactures flexible and rigid plastic packaging for food, medical, consumer products and pharmaceutical companies.

Products made at the Campsie plant include laminated and flexible films, foil barrier laminations, pouches and bags.

The company was formerly known as Perfecseal but changed its name in 2014.

In its most recent accounts for the year ending December 31, 2015, the company reported a turnover of £45.2m, up 2% from £44.3m a year earlier.

Pre-tax profits were down 14% from £7.6m to £6.5m.

As he announced the 95 new jobs in January, Invest NI chief executive Alastair Hamilton said: "Bemis makes a valuable contribution to Northern Ireland's vibrant life sciences industry, employing over 200 staff at its manufacturing facility.

"This investment to establish its European Business Services Centre here is a significant coup for Londonderry.

"A number of other locations were considered for this project, but as a result of the collaborative efforts of Invest NI and Derry City & Strabane District Council, we successfully pitched the city as an attractive investment location."

Belfast Telegraph