PUBLISHED Monday, November 5 2018
Walker Filtration have expanded our Technical Team in our UK headquarters, following the retention of Ryan Jefferson, who recently completed our graduate development scheme. The two-year programme provides the opportunity for graduates to rotate through departments and acquire a range of skills and experience. Ryan joined the company in December 2016 and on completion of the scheme in October 2018, Walker Filtration were thrilled to offer him a permanent position in the team as a Design Engineer.
This week, we caught up with Ryan to find out about his experience of the programme.
What does your new role entail?
As a Design Engineer, I design parts for manufacture, create engineering drawings, perform calculations to prove the integrity of parts and give support to the shop floor with regards to BOM’s and product queries.
What has been the most exciting project that you’ve worked on during the graduate scheme?
I was very lucky to have worked on a variety of projects within the graduate scheme. The most exciting project involved designing new components to expand the PRO XF filter range; this was my first real design project within the organisation and it allowed me to apply my knowledge of design to create initial ideas, approve the design, and ultimately create the part.
What have been the main challenges of completing the graduate scheme?
Having to go into all the key departments in the organisation was a challenge, as it put me into departments where I had no previous experience. I had to quickly pick up what the department’s key input was to the business and assist them in achieving their objectives. The three-month placements usually consisted of a main project that the department leader had set, as well as helping with the day to day actions of the department.
How did you decide which department was the right one for you at the end of the scheme?
Due to previous experience, I knew that design was something that I wanted to do and at the end of the programme I was offered a role in the design department, which I jumped at the chance to take. The team made me feel extremely welcome and I was thrilled that the department felt I would be a good addition to the team.
What are the most valuable skills you’ve gained during the graduate scheme?
Working in various departments quickly provided me with a holistic view of the business. This has been invaluable when communicating with colleagues, as I now know exactly where to go to find out information, having been on the opposite side of the question I am asking.
What advice would you give to future graduates?
I think it’s important to move through all the departments with an open mind and ask always questions. The rotations will provide you with a unique experience of the business and it’s an opportunity to be grabbed with both hands.
Interested in finding out more about our graduate scheme? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about our current and upcoming opportunities.
PUBLISHED Thursday, October 4 2018
Walker Filtration were thrilled to once again participate in Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’. On Monday 1st October 2018 staff at our Head Office in Washington, Tyne and Wear, donated cakes for a coffee morning bake sale and participated in games and competitions to help raise money for the for the UK based charity - which offers support to individuals and families affected by cancer.
The company are proud to announce the total amount of funds raised is£600
All the money raised will go directly to Macmillan Cancer Support and help those affected. Walker Filtration would like to thank their staff for participating wholeheartedly in helping such a fantastic and worthwhile cause.
PUBLISHED Thursday, September 20 2018
Walker Filtration are pleased to announce that our UK Head Office has once again been shortlisted at this year’s ‘Made in the North East’ Awards, receiving nominations for both the ‘Export Award’ and ‘Large Manufacturing Company of the Year’.
These respected awards recognise and reward excellence in the North East of England’s manufacturing sector and showcase the success of innovative and forward-thinking businesses across the region.
Established in the North East of England in 1983, this year marks Walker Filtrations 35th anniversary and 35 years of manufacturing in the region. With our Head Office based in Washington, Tyne and Wear, we are incredibly proud to be shortlisted for awards that support and celebrate manufacturing in the North East.
The winners will be announced on the 18th October 2018 at an awards dinner which is to be held at the Redworth Hall Hotel in Newton Aycliffe.
PUBLISHED Friday, September 14 2018
Walker Filtration would like to congratulate several of our staff members that took part in this year’s Great North Run on Sunday 9th September.
Collectively they ran 65.5 miles (105.4km) and between them raised over £1,100 for charities including Prostate Cancer UK, Mind – The Mental Health Charity, and 4x4 Response UK.
Over 43,000 people took part in the 13.1-mile event, which stretches from Newcastle to South Shields, in the North East of England.
Well done on this fantastic achievement!