Mellisa joins AkzoNobel

An unemployed woman has turned her life around to become part of a new workforce at AkzoNobel’s manufacturing facility in Ashington.

Mellisa Armstrong, 20, from Ashington, is one of the first to take up a role as manufacturing support operator at the company’s £100m plant.

AkzoNobel has forged a partnership with Jobcentre Plus and Northumberland College to provide local people – many of whom may be unemployed and unskilled or skilled but have been made redundant – with the opportunity to take up roles at the decorative paints facility.

Mellisa gained the job after successfully completing a two-week pre-employment training course delivered by Northumberland College in conjunction with AkzoNobel. She said: “Being part of the team at Ashington has really changed my life for the better and has given me the opportunity to be part of a team that really cares about each other.”