Aesica recently welcomed 400 potential employees through its doors as it prepares for significant site expansion. We announced plans to create up to 100 new jobs at our facility in Queenborough, UK, to support growth on site, bringing with it a much-needed boost for the local community. The positions will be filled during a phased recruitment drive, which will begin in the next couple of months.
One of the jobseekers was unemployed former steel worker Mick Gisby from the Minster area of the Isle of Sheppey. He said: “I have been out of work since January so attending this open day has really felt like a positive step. I am very optimistic based on what I’ve heard from the company. I feel like things are starting to come together for me.”
Pupils from the Isle of Sheppey Academy also attended the open day for a behind the scenes look at what a career in the pharmaceutical industry entails, and to hear from site director Peter Casey, who started his pharmaceutical career as an apprentice.
Peter said: “I have worked my way up through the ranks to the role of site director and am proof that the pharmaceutical industry offers excellent opportunities for young people. We really want to connect with those who are interested in a career in science and this open day was the ideal
platform to do that.”
Aesica is looking to fill 50 of the 100 posts in the run up to the expansion with the additional 50 following when it is complete. The expansion will see a new 10,000 sq. m production and warehousing facility built for the creation of solid dose medication for the treatment of one of the world’s most common lifestyle diseases.
Simon Clough, Managing Director, Aesica Formulated Products, said: “This is an exciting time for Aesica and the local community. Not only are we growing as a business, we’re also creating up to 100 new jobs which is a fantastic boost for the region’s economy.
“As a long-standing local employer with plans to grow globally, we’re also looking to bring young apprentices on board, which we believe will not only strengthen the business but also reaffirm our commitment to youth employment on the Isle of Sheppey and Kent.”
The expansion plans follow the opening of the £3m Potent Manufacturing Facility last year, which has significantly extended our capabilities in manufacturing and packaging medication for eight of the world’s ten most successful pharmaceutical brands.
Gordon Henderson MP said: “I am delighted to hear that Aesica is investing yet further in its Queenborough facility and creating much-needed new jobs in the process. This is a major boost for the area and backs up the company’s commitment to the facility.”
Mayor of Swale, Cllr Pat Sandle, who attended the open day and was taken on a tour of the facility, said: “Since acquiring the site, Aesica has constantly looked to invest and this latest announcement that it is expanding and creating jobs is excellent news. The company is a major regional employer and as the area’s local council, we will do everything we can to support it during this latest phase of expansion.”