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Meet Our Graduates – April 2017

PUBLISHED Thursday, April 27 2017

In December 2016, as part of their Graduate Development Scheme, Walker Filtration welcomed three new Graduates to the team.   As part of the scheme, Graduates rotate through the company completing placements within each department to grow and develop their skills and build their career within the business.

The training and development offered on the Graduate Scheme is bespoke to the individual, with longer projects focusing on the individual’s area of expertise, and shorter placements in a variety of other departments that allow the graduate to widen their knowledge and gain an understanding of how all aspects of the business function. 

Read about one such graduate, Hang U Lie, who has just completed her first placement at Walker Filtration, working in the Supply Chain Department.

What did you study before you joined WFL?

I studied for both my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree at Newcastle University. For my Undergraduate Degree, I studied Chemical Engineering and then pursued my Master’s Degree in Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management.


What was it that attracted you to WFL?

The Graduate Scheme advertised the opportunity to learn about the business as a whole, and spend time in different departments – allowing me to gain knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the business. This attracted me to the company as a rotational scheme such as this would allow me to work alongside those with skills and expertise in a wide variety of areas of the business, and provide me with the opportunity to be involved with a diverse range of projects across the company. I feel Walker Filtration’s ambitious plans for future growth and company development align with my career objectives, giving me the opportunity to grow and further develop my own professional expertise.


What have you been working on for the past three months?

For the past three months I have been working within Supply Chain Management for my first placement within the business. As well as learning about supply chain strategies and developing an understanding of how this is aligned with the goals of the business, the project gave me the opportunity to work alongside a cross-functional team, and develop relationships with a number of our suppliers.


What have been the main challenges?

The company is highly customer-focused and innovation led.We are always striving to meet and exceed customer needs , hence Walker Filtration can be very fast paced - which has been challenging to adapt to. However, the sense of achievement when overcoming these challenges, and meeting a customer’s requirements is very fulfilling and rewarding.


What are you looking forward to on the Graduate Scheme?

I am really excited about having the opportunity to work within various departments, and take on projects that contribute to the wider organisational goals of the company. I am also really excited about the endless opportunities for development that Walker Filtration offers us on the Graduate Scheme.


What about the training and development?

The scope for training and development is vast. As well as working with and being trained by individual members within the department, I have also had the opportunity to go on supplier visits, coordinate a project integral to a new product launch, and participate in training on Microsoft Projects – a software package I previously hadn’t used.


What about the culture?

As a family-run business, Walker Filtration is a workplace where there is a strong sense of community within the business, everyone works together effectively and all members of staff have shown me a lot of support during this early stage in my career.


Where do you see yourself in two years, after finishing the graduate development scheme?

Upon completion of the graduate scheme, I see myself working as a Project Engineer working upon a wide range of projects that would enable me to use my technical expertise, and take part in the growth and development of the company. I also hope there will be opportunities for me in the future to develop my managerial skills and become a leader within the company.


Walker Filtration Takes Part in PwC's '5 Days of Private Business' Celebration

PUBLISHED Thursday, April 20 2017

Walker Filtration is delighted to have been involved in contributing to PwC’s ‘5 days of Private Business in Yorkshire and the North East’, celebrating innovation and the variety of businesses success in the area. We are proud to be part of the North-East Business community and have been dedicated to our continuous investment in the area since the Company was established in 1983.

With our Headquarters located in the region for over 30 Years, Walker Filtration is strongly focused upon ensuring there are career progression opportunities for the 200 staff we employ in the North East of England. We also invest heavily in Apprenticeships and Graduate Development Schemes to develop talent in the area.
Committed to providing opportunities and prosperity for our growing workforce both locally and globally, Walker Filtration has grown into a successful global business. Manufacturing all of our products in the UK, we export to over 100 countries worldwide, including our Walker Filtration divisions in Australia, America and Japan.

Group Managing Director, Lianne Walker MBE (MBA) commented; “Walker Filtration is passionate about the North East and is committed to ensuring that the region remains a ‘powerhouse’ for British manufacturing. It was a pleasure to take part in PwC’s ‘5 days of Private Business’ in the North East, reflecting upon the success of Walker Filtration and other businesses within the region, recognising how much they have contributed to the growing economy in the area.”

Walker Filtration’s vision for the future is ambitious; through a company-wide commitment to exceptional innovation and design, coupled with continued investment in technology, innovation, and people, Walker Filtration continue to grow their workforce and compete on a global scale.


Walker Filtration Donate Easter Eggs To Local Children's Ward

PUBLISHED Thursday, April 13 2017

Last week Walker Filtration Ltd employees made their annual donation of Easter eggs to a local children’s ward: Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, UK. As a business founded in the North East, Walker Filtration Ltd is committed to supporting the local community.

Rachel Redshaw, Group HR Manager commented ‘It is great to see the enthusiasm from our staff toward our charity events and fundraisers. The generosity from all of the staff involved in our Easter Egg donation has been incredible.’

The staff donated a total of 80 Easter eggs to children who were spending their Easter holiday in hospital.

Lianne Walker, MBE (MBA) said ‘I am proud of our employees for their commitment to helping the wider community. The donations we have received for our Easter Egg collection this year have been outstanding, it is fantastic to see our staff get involved with so many worthy causes.’

Other charitable events include participation in the ‘Pretty Muddy’ Race for Life charity event, which will take place this June, to raise money for Cancer Research UK.


Walker Filtration Lands Honours at Regional Manufacturing Awards

PUBLISHED Monday, December 5 2016

Having been shortlisted in two categories at this years’ ‘Made in the North East’ Awards, Walker Filtration took home the Innovation Award after proving to Judges that innovation is at the heart of the company.

Walker Filtration, Washington based manufacturer of compressed air filtration and drying equipment, manufactures all their product at their UK office and places significant investment in R&D. Competing against some of the best manufacturing companies in the North East this is an incredible achievement for Walker Filtration as they continue to champion British Manufacturing and push compressed air filtration to new market levels.

Speaking of the award, Group Managing Director, Lianne Walker MBE (MBA) said, “This is a fantastic end to a successful year here at Walker Filtration. The Made in the North East Awards are a celebration of Manufacturing in the region and we are incredibly proud to have been part of this years’ awards.”

She continued, “Following our 2016 Queen’s Award win for Enterprise in Innovation, a second award in this category underpins the company’s commitment to investing in innovation and highlights the engineering and manufacturing talent we have within the business and the region.”

The award was achieved through the development of a unique range of air/oil separators for use in oil flooded rotary vane pumps. The company’s commitment to solid innovation and engineering allowed them to create a product that outperformed competitor products in the market place by a factor of 10.

As a winner of a regional award, Walker Filtration moves forward as a finalist in the National ‘Made in the UK’ event.