World-renowned Cumbrian company steps in to make sure young people can access career opportunities during pandemic

Words: Jonathan Lee, 32 West

A MULTI award-winning Cumbrian company known for finding solutions to some of the world’s most complex challenges is supporting young people by continuing to provide career and learning opportunities during the pandemic.

Createc, based in Cockermouth, which is behind some of the world’s most advanced technologies in robotics and computer imaging including in the civil nuclear, defence, rail, aerospace, marine, security and medical sectors, is continuing its commitment to investing in young people.

Based in Cockermouth, with an office in Oxford, Createc this month (March) welcomes two students from West Lakes Academy for work experience with the company.

In the summer Createc is hosting two year-long placements for university students for the first time. Every year, the company also hosts students from Cockermouth High School on placements in July.

Matt Mellor, chief executive of Createc, said: “The team at Createc is motivated by, and focused on, using their scientific and engineering skills to have a positive impact on society, both locally and globally.

“We were determined that young people would not miss out on these career opportunities during the pandemic.

“We didn’t want remote working to be a barrier to making sure these invaluable experiences for young people would continue.

“In fact, with remote learning and use of technology only likely to increase it’s part of a young person’s development to see how this can be best applied in a business environment.”

Createc has an impressive track record when it comes to developing young people. Ben Chaudri, from Cockermouth, started out at Createc on a placement during a break from university. Ben is now CEO of Createc spin-out company Createc Robotics.

David Clark, Createc’s operations director, said: “Being a tech company which is based in Cumbria, Createc is proud to support the local community and promote STEM subjects in schools and colleges.

“As a high-tech employer in Cumbria we are keen to show that there are highly-skilled, technical careers in the local area that young people might not know about, and that SMEs like ourselves provide an alternative to the big industry companies.

“We want young people who are interested in science and technology to know that companies like us exist, and they don’t have to go to the Oxford, Cambridge, London triangle for these types of careers.”

The Createc team is a diverse mix of technical experts from fields such as Computer Vision, Robotics, Nuclear Measurement and Optics, with an agile engineering team that can efficiently build prototype systems and develop them into full products.

Createc has pioneered some of the latest technology which is being deployed around the world as well as developing and implementing many game-changing products such as N-Visage® which has been commercially deployed at Sellafield, and extensively at the Fukushima Daiichi site in Japan.

Recently Createc has successfully demonstrated a range of projects using its Iris robotics technology, a scalable ‘tool-kit’ of off-the-shelf robotic software modules that can be easily reconfigured to protect humans from hazardous work challenges.

Createc, which has expanded to employ 29 people, is the holder of two Queen’s Awards, with awards for Innovation and for International Trade.