Training Proves a Success

award2012Logoplaste UK has been awarded one of the highest accolades in the Plastics Industry by winning the prestigious Plastics Industry Awards 2012 for “Best Training and Development Programme”

Our delivery partner Solutions 4 Polymers has been working with Logoplaste UK who are manufacturers of plastic packaging across the UK, with 61 Plants globally. S4PL worked with Logoplaste staff at their Ashby de la Zouch and Hatfield Peveral sites to devise specialised training and assessment programmes.

The company provided some in-house training but had no formal programmes or qualifications that that could be part of the job grading system. S4PL were contacted to look at providing tailor-made training programmes, linked to the new QCF qualifications, which would fill this gap.

Training programmes were developed to cater for employees at different job levels and process experience. Training included both off the job knowledge sessions and on the job practical training using the company’s own process equipment.

Employees on the programmes took a practical competence assessment using the company’s equipment and also undertook the Polymer Processing QCF qualification. The outcome was that not only were individual skill gaps addressed but employees achieved a nationally recognised qualification. From the company’s perspective having employees with improved skills and knowledge that are also certificated to a national standard has certainly reaped benefits with its customers.

In addition S4Pl were able to provide training co-ordinator Ian Sharratt with training, support and assessment to gain the new Assessor QCF level 3 qualification. Andy commented “this programme was 2 years in the making and by having regular communication with the company we were able to develop a programme that was clearly fit for purpose”

Funding to support the delivery of the Polymer QCF qualification was accessed by CWA which made a significant contribution to the success of the whole programme.

Ian Sharratt commented “not only has this improved the knowledge of the workforce, but we now have more flexible staff and reduced downtime through improved technical expertise. The added benefit is that we have already been able to send one of our own staff to another site on secondment which before would have been impossible due to resourcing problems”. The programme was exactly what we required and the model was created so that it could easily be adapted to run at our other sites”

One ‘Plastics Industry Award’ judge commented “this is one of the most comprehensive and thorough training programmes that I had ever seen”

Pictured with the award is Andy Barnard of Solutions 4 Polymers & Ian Sharratt, site training co-ordinator at Logoplaste (Ashby).