VEKA plc Employs 5 Engineers Following Closure of Blackburn’s Graham & Brown site

February 27, 2024

Leading manufacturer and one of Burnley’s largest employers VEKA plc, has announced the employment of 5 talented engineers following the closure of the Blackburn Graham & Brown site. This strategic move aims to bolster VEKA’s already strong maintenance team and enhance its engineering division. 

The recruitment of these engineers was made possible through the proactive efforts of VEKA Talent Acquisition Partner, Yasmine Hooson. Yasmine attended a recruitment fair at Graham & Brown in November last year, where she identified the potential in the engineers and extended job offers to 5 of them. Three chose to stay at Graham & Brown to assist in the site closure process before transitioning to VEKA in February 2024, with most having had long and distinguished careers at the site. 

One new recruit will be completing his apprenticeship at VEKA, which he started at Graham & Brown. This seamless transition reflects the commitment of both companies to support talent development and ensure a smooth career progression for employees. 

Yasmine Hooson, VEKA Talent Acquisition Partner, expressed her enthusiasm for the new additions to the team, stating, “Following the announcement of their site closure, I connected with Graham & Brown’s Head of HR, recognising an opportunity to support their employees in transition. Their culture and values resonated deeply with ours, mirroring the importance of people in our family-run business. Witnessing the calibre of their team first-hand at a recruitment event sparked my immediate interest. Inviting them for a site tour and discussions with our directors confirmed it: a perfect match! In a competitive market for engineering talent, securing five exceptional individuals is a huge boost for the future of our engineering division. I’m excited to witness their contributions and achievements ahead.” 

The addition of this skilled team is expected to strengthen VEKA’s engineering capabilities and contribute to the company’s ongoing success in the fenestration industry. 

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