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Walker Filtration welcomes Newcastle High School for Girls students as part of the Engineering Education Scheme

PUBLISHED Friday, January 12 2018

In 2017, Walker Filtration partnered with a team of students from Newcastle High School for Girls to participate in a six-month project investigating an alternative and more efficient means of bonding pleated filtration materials as part of the EES (Engineering Education Scheme). 

Walker Filtration are proud members of the EES, a fantastic association which encourages and support students who wish to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.  

The team of four students attended an all-day workshop event to conduct a series of experimental trials which helped generate samples that the students will further test at a residential trip to Teesside University this month. This work allowed these students to work alongside engineers from Walker Filtration and gain valuable experience and knowledge while working on a real-world engineering project. 

Supporting local manufacturing growth is particularly important to Walker Filtration Ltd due to their heritage being rooted in the North East of England. Group Managing Director Lianne Walker MBE (MBA) commented “It’s a privilege to welcome the future engineering talent of the North East into our production site. We are more than happy to aid development and growth of young people in our region and look forward to seeing the end result of the girls’ project.”

Walker Filtration would like to wish the group every success in their futures in pursuing a career in the STEM sector.

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Summer Internship participant welcomed back to Walker Filtration in Graduate Role

PUBLISHED Wednesday, January 3 2018

This summer Walker Filtration welcomed three graduates to the business as part of a three-month internship programme at our Washington, UK Head Office. Carla Lipari, Human Resources intern, proved herself to be such an asset to the team that she returned to the Company two weeks after finishing her internship in her new role as HR Generalist on a twelve-month Graduate programme.

Three months on we caught up with Carla to see how she is finding her new role at Walker Filtration:

Carla, who has recently completed her Masters (MA) in Human Resource Management at Newcastle University and has also achieved her professional HR qualification; CIPD Level 7 said:

“Internships and placements are invaluable to new graduates entering the job market, they give the opportunity to gain experience and provide an insight into the workplace. During my internship at Walker Filtration I gained this and much more: it wasn’t just a general insight, but a full immersion in a new job. I was involved with the day to day work straight away and tasked with improving and mapping the Company’s HR process. With the support of the HR team I was able to put academic theory learned at university into practice; fulfilling my hunger for learning and building upon my knowledge.”

“At the end of my internship Walker Filtration gave me the opportunity to make a difference in the long term, developing my skills as part of the graduate scheme and empowering me in a real HR Generalist role. I am thankful to be part of a such an engaging and friendly company where collaboration, honesty, trust and enthusiasm are part of the organisational culture. I still have a lot to learn and a lot to give, and I’m thoroughly enjoying the experience - I feel Walker Filtration is the right place to launch my career in HR.”

Group Managing Director, Lianne Walker MBE (MBA), commented: “We are excited to have Carla join the team on a more permanent basis and I am sure she will enjoy every success in her new role. At Walker Filtration, we pride ourselves on welcoming new talent and recognise the importance of rewarding success. Internships and graduate placements are hugely important to us and are pivotal to fuelling our talent pipeline as we grow the business.”

Walker Filtration are passionate about developing young people to create strong pillars for future growth in not only their Head Office but also on a global scale. The business continues to celebrate their success and go from strength to strength.

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Festive Fundraising at Walker Filtration

PUBLISHED Friday, December 15 2017

Today Walker Filtration’s UK Head Office are once again participating in National Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save The Children.

This fun and festive event is a great way for the Walker Filtration family to come together for a fantastic cause and get in the Christmas spirit. Prizes were awarded for best jumper and all funds raised go towards essential healthcare, education and food for children all over the world who are missing out on these basics.  

Walker Filtration have also donated funds to the NSPCC children’s charity through our Corporate Charity Christmas Cards.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Walker Filtration Ltd!

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Brian and Carol Walker Honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award

PUBLISHED Friday, October 27 2017

Walker Filtration are delighted to announce that Chairman and Founders, Brian and Carol Walker have been awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, at the Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards that took place on Thursday 26th October 2017.

The regional awards, held at Sunderland football club’s Stadium of Light, recognises innovative businesses and catalysts for development in the region. Brian formed Walker Filtration with his wife Carol Walker in 1983. The Washington based headquartered Walker Filtration Group has grown to serve a global filtration market in over one hundred countries, expanding its offices to the Americas, Asia and Australasia. The award recognises 34 years of industry leading technology, phenomenal growth, job creation in the region and subsequent global success.  

Brian Walker commented “We are honoured to be given this award and I thank the Sunderland Echo Portfolio Awards for their recognition. We have always been passionate about enterprise and engineering in the North East and we are committed to continuing the long-standing history of manufacturing in the region.

Brian continued, “Our vision for the future is ambitious and as a team we will continue to innovate, improving our product and services, allowing us to expand our market share and international reach even further. Our mission is to remain at the forefront of the filtration industry - continuously developing new technologies, processes and solutions.”

This award follows Walker Filtration being 5-time Queen’s award winners for Enterprise in Innovation, Export and International Trade and follows a particularly successful year for Walker Filtration – launching 3 new product platforms out their head office as well as growing their employee team globally. 

Sunderland is a manufacturing powerhouse with a global presence, attracting business and hosting more than 80 internationally-owned companies. Walker Filtration are proud of their North-East roots and to be spearheading innovation in the region.

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