Potash firm signs up first apprentices

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THE first wave of apprentices has joined the company responsible for plans to build a £1.7bn potash mine in a Yorkshire national park.

The recruits will work at York Potash’s head office in Scarborough for four days a week and spend the fifth studying at the Yorkshire Coast College in the town.

Max Edwards, Stacey Hemming and Alice Milner from Scarborough and Emma Boyes from Whitby were selected from more than 160 applicants for the financial and administrative full-time positions. The firm plans to take on more apprentices next year including technical roles in preparation for mining and processing operations.

York Potash announced in September that it plans to build the mine on farmland near the village of Sneaton in the North York Moors National Park. Exploratory drilling has already pinpointed one of the world’s most extensive seams of potash, a key component in fertiliser and vital to helping satiate global food demand. A full planning application is due to be submitted by the end of the year.