Why us

Our people matter to us. We know that alongside our great heritage and our world renowned products, it’s our employees that make us special and drive our success.  

They are family to us. We look after them as if they were our own; from unique and competitive rewards, to world-class training and development opportunities.

We’re recognised for consistently investing in our people, winning the Burnley Business awards,  Red Rose Employer of the Year award, and many more. We’re as proud of these awards, as we are of our quality products. 

Driven by our SPIRIT values and can-do attitude, we foster a working environment where everyone wants to succeed.  

VEKA rewards

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Fit for life

Our wellbeing scheme gives access to 24 hour counselling and healthcare cash plans so that you have both mental and physical support at your fingertips. 

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Invest in your future

We help make your money go further by offering a range of saving schemes and affordable loans when you need them.

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You set the rules

We let you buy more holidays and work flexi-time. After all work-life balance for our family is important.

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A job that's rewarding

We believe that 100% attendance deserves recognition, as does introducing a friend to the business.

Our People

We help our people thrive by offering an environment that fosters innovation, development and progression yet doesn’t lose our family feel. We acknowledge employees who go above and beyond in their role, our VEKA heroes reveal what they have done to make a difference.

Our Values

We live and breathe our SPIRIT values; they’re not just words or notions, they’re fundamental to everything we do. From recruitment to retirement, our SPIRIT values – Success, Pride, Integrity, Responsible, Improvement, and Team - drive our direction, our identity and our future.

Training

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For now, for the future, for life

Not just a motto for our products, it extends to the lives and futures of our people, delivered by best-in-class training. 

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No limits

We don’t have annual budget limits for training our people. We invest in our family as much as we need. 

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Variety

We’re all different, so we make sure our training is too, offering a range of learning opportunities from apprenticeships, NVQs, HNDs and Degrees across all areas of the business.

Apprenticeships

We have a long standing history of taking apprentices through the business, with over 40 young workers having completed the scheme with us since 1994. In fact, this is exactly how our current MD started his career. 

Our Community

VEKA is currently home to 360 people. A great many of those people are from the local community — a community in Burnley that we have been part of since 1986. We’ve seen families grow up and now their children have joined us too. Our local footprint is really important to us; that’s why we partner with a number of local organisations and initiatives aimed at supporting our local communities.

Our Process

Our recruitment process is designed specifically to let you showcase your skills as much as your attitude. The first stage is applying online or in person. If selected for interview then you’ll be invited to visit us on site, where we will ask you competency based questions to get to know you, sometimes ask you to do a test, as well as show you around the relevant department. If it goes well, then the job could be yours.

Meet our team

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Charlotte Hulme

I started at VEKA UK in 2005 as a Modern Apprentice, in 2011 I left the company to go on maternity leave and spent time working on the off-shore wind farms up in Barrow in Furness. I then returned to VEKA in 2013 and have since worked towards and achieved my CIPD level 3 and 5 qualifications and then recently completed my Level 7 qualification in June 2019 to graduate in October 2019. I love my job.  I love it for the people and I love that each day is different.  

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Gemma Haythornwhite

I joined the Company in 1998 as a HR/Finance Modern Apprentice. Following the completion of my professional studies with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in 2007, I took on the role of Human Resources Officer and more recently developed into the role of HR Business Partner. As HR Business Partners we provide HR support across all areas within the business and drive the organisation towards meeting our key objectives.

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Gabriela Hammond

After graduating with a business degree from university in Aberdeen I joined the company as a graduate trainee within the HR department in 2001. Going on then to study for my post grad CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development). I now lead the Company’s HR strategy and HR teams, managing HR, Payroll, H&S, Compliance, Site Liaison and Cleaning teams. I'm also actively involved in much of our community, school and CSR support.