Plastic manufacturers struggling to recruit workers

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25th July 2018 17:53 - Chemicals

Plastic makers struggling to recruit workers: Young people appear to be turning away from employment opportunities at plastic companies, according to a survey of 500 plastic makers.
Plastic manufacturers are finding it difficult to recruit employees, particularly young people moving into entry-level positions, reports the Telegraph.  More than half of those polled said they are finding it difficult to find workers, with 5% saying they are no longer trying to recruit for positions at all. 
Following the poll, Director of the British Plastics Foundation, Philip Law, said that government policy on plastics is being communicated in such a way that it is “putting young people off” working in the UK’s third-largest manufacturing sector, which could have serious implications for other industries.
He said: “Policy on plastic should not put these jobs at risk or put young people off going into a sector that is critical to so many parts of our economy now and in the future.”
In April this year, the Government outlined plans to ban certain single-use plastic items including straws, ear-buds and drink stirrers, which would follow a similar ban on plastic microbeads and the introduction of a 5p charge on single-use carrier bags. 
Prime Minister, Theresa May revealed ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting back in May, that the Government has set aside £61.4m to tackle the issue of plastic pollution. 
Speaking of his fears for the future of the UK plastic industry, Mr Law said that further curbs on the industry would be “utterly self-defeating in the long run”.
“Irrespective of the impact on jobs and manufacturing, it would also stymie investment in new technology to make plastic even more recyclable than it is now,” he said. 

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