PUBLISHED Thursday, September 28 2017
Walker Filtration are delighted to announce that their head office in the UK has been shortlisted for the Export Award at the 2017 regional UK ‘Made in the North East’ awards. These respected awards recognise and reward the manufacturing talent and skills that the local region has in abundance.
Group Managing Director, Lianne Walker MBE (MBA) commented ‘I am thrilled that we are once again being recognised as a pillar of North East industry. Last year we were honored to win the innovation award for our commitment to design and sound engineering. This year being shortlisted for the Export Award recognises our hard work as global leaders of the industry. Established in Tyne and Wear in 1983, our heritage is rooted in the North East of England and we are extremely proud to represent the area on an international scale.’
The winner will be announced on 19th October.
Walker Filtration would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the other shortlisted nominees.
PUBLISHED Thursday, September 14 2017
In December 2016, Walker Filtration welcomed three new employees at their UK headquarters as part of our graduate development scheme. The programme provides the opportunity for the new recruits to rotate through departments and acquire a range of skills and experience.
This week we spoke to Ryan Jefferson to learn about his experience so far:
What were you doing before applying to the WF graduate scheme?
Before joining the Walker Filtration graduate scheme, I completed an apprenticeship at a nearby manufacturing site.
What made WF stand out as a company?
When I met with Lianne Walker at my first interview it was clear the company had good values. It seemed like a great place to develop new skills and progress.
How long did it take you to settle into the team?
As I joined Walker Filtration with two other graduates, I felt part of a team instantly. We completed a team building exercise which broke the ice, it really helped me to settle in quickly.
What has your experience been like so far?
I wasn’t expecting to have such an integral role in the bigger projects, however being involved has helped me to see the direct impacts they have on the business. It’s been very interesting.
How does working at Walker Filtration differ from your previous roles?
It’s very fast paced and different to my apprenticeship. On the graduate scheme things are constantly changing and you’ve got to adapt to the different roles. You get used to one role, complete your project, then you move to another department which is also an intense role and required to integrate yourself into a new team. Walker Filtration want us to rotate through departments so that we learn about all areas of the business, adapt to new environments, and apply our skills to different areas. Although it’s been challenging, the experience has been very rewarding.
What skills have you learned so far, and have you learned anything you didn’t expect to?
Being at Walker Filtration has strengthened the skills that I picked up in my engineering background. Being here I’ve had new experiences and gained more knowledge through working on various products, which has allowed me to put my engineering skills into practice and apply them to different projects.
Where do you see yourself in two years, after finishing the graduate development scheme?
We were told when we joined that the area we had previous training or experience in would be the last department we would be placed in, as the Company want us to develop our skills in areas we aren’t familiar with first and gain a comprehensive overview of the business. I’ve been in Quality, Supply and Process and, like all roles, I have experienced highs and lows. I’ve hit roadblocks in my projects along the way, but the challenge is to overcome these and find a solution or develop a contingency plan. I think all my placements so far have been positive – I have learned a lot and had a lot of good feedback. If you ask me where I want to be in two years, I’d have to see what the rest of the placements are like first.
Finally, what’s been the most rewarding part of your time here?
Reaching key milestones in a project and being able to see how much it has progressed. At the minute one of my projects has just finished; I’ve managed the design and development of packaging for the filter elements and duplex housings for Walker Filtration’s new filter range: ‘The New Alpha Series’. It was good to go to project meetings to see how the project is progressing and it is rewarding to complete a project and get the recognition for completing it successfully.
PUBLISHED Monday, July 17 2017
This year, Walker Filtration has once again taken part in the Engineering in Education Scheme (EES), working alongside the Engineering Development Trust and Newcastle High School for Girls to provide AS Level students with experience of real engineering projects.
EES is designed to encourage and support students who wish to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. The scheme has proven successful thus far, with 89% of students going on to study STEM subjects at degree level.
The students from Newcastle High School for Girls took part in a six-month long project, working alongside engineers from Walker Filtration to investigate unconventional methods of bonding filter cartridges to injection moulded end caps. The students developed problem solving skills and gained experience of working on live engineering and manufacturing projects.
Ryan Defty, a Design Engineer at Walker Filtration, commented ‘Working with EES to encourage young people to study STEM subjects provides an excellent opportunity for students to consider a future within engineering. We hope we have given the students a valuable insight into how exciting and rewarding a career in this industry can be.’
Mr Andrew Morton, a Physics teacher from Newcastle High School for Girls who co-ordinated the project said, ‘We have for a number of years had a lot of interest from students who would like to pursue STEM careers such as Engineering and Physics, and this has been steadily growing. The EES is an excellent scheme and we have been lucky to have had the support of Walker Filtration for a number of years. This strong provision has led to students gaining experience and knowledge of the world of Engineering and helped enormously in increasing the number of young women advancing into science-based careers.’
Walker Filtration are delighted with the success of the project and our engineers have been impressed with the high standard of the work the students produced. We are looking forward to taking part in the project again next year and continuing to encourage the next generation of talented individuals to study STEM subjects.
PUBLISHED Thursday, June 29 2017
On Saturday 24th June members of Walker Filtration’s staff participated in a “Pretty Muddy” Race for Life spanning 5KM.
The team have so far raised over £550 for Cancer Research UK, the world’s largest independent cancer research charity, which conducts research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Through our support and fundraising events like the Pretty Muddy 5k we can help support ground-breaking research that helps see more people survive cancer.
The determined team climbed, crawled and scrambled over a series of obstacles, at Riverside Park in County Durham to raise money for Cancer Research UK. The course challenged them to bounce through the mud on space hoppers, crawl through muddy trenches, and help each other climb through a maze of bungee cords. The ladies’ favourite obstacle was by far the giant mud slide at the end, with many of the team heading back for a second turn!
Walker Filtration and our staff have always placed significant focus on corporate social responsibility and are often involved in various charitable fundraising events. Well done ladies for completing this challenge for such a noteworthy cause.
From the photograph at the finish line, it seems the team certainly did get pretty muddy!