Firm takes on four new staff

A MANUFACTURING and training company has taken on extra staff to cope with increased demand from oil and gas firms.

Advanced Industrial Solutions (AIS), based on the Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate in North Shields, provides specialist training for the oil and gas industries, including courses in rope access, rigging and insulation.

Strong growth in the industries has resulted in increased orders for AIS products and services, forcing the company to create four new posts to handle the additional workload.

Paul Attrill, 38, of North Shields, has been appointed as business and strategic development manager to help maintain existing client relationships and capitalise on the company’s growing reputation in countries such as Russia, Kazakhstan and Angola.

David Robson, 25, of Newcastle, has been hired as a rope access instructor, North Shields-born Lee Wilson, 25, as a site services operative, and Robert Jermyn, 16, of North Shields, as a thermal insulation engineer.

AIS managing director Paul Stonebanks said: “We are committed to our base in North Shields, and creating new local jobs is a key part of our growth strategy.

“Last year was a fantastic year for us, with several new major contract wins and increasing demand for our services, so we’re delighted to be able to create four new posts to service this workload.

“These four new staff members have great commitment and skills which will complement our existing 24-strong team. We’re pleased to welcome them to the company.”