Surface engineering experts Poeton have recognised staff for increasing their skills.
In a ceremony at their Gloucester plant ten staff were presented with NVQs in Business Improvement Techniques (BiT) as part of the Sharing in Growth (SiG) programme. Their certificates, two at level 3 and eight at level 2, were presented by Poeton MD Lyndon Follows, SiG CEO Andy Page and Gloucester MP Richard Graham.
Said SiG business transformation manager Ashlea Finn: “To help qualify for their awards, staff undertook a number of projects to apply their new skills. Six projects were delivered across various masking and coating processes throughout the factory. These have delivered significant delivery, right first time, lead time and capacity improvements on key customer accounts.”
As new contract discussions are underway with these customers based on such performance improvements, Lyndon Follows said the skills the team have developed and the improvements that they have made are critical to them achieving Poeton’s future strategy and directly align to part of their mission statement which is to develop a positive culture throughout the company, engaging and enhancing our workforce at all times.
The BiT NVQs have proved popular at Poeton with the next two programmes underway at the Cardiff and Gloucester sites. “BiT has proved highly successful not only in terms of business results but also among staff. Poeton’s engagement scores improved, some have opted to continue to the next level of qualification and we had three times as many applications to join the course, as we had places,” said Ashlea.
Poeton is strongly investing in employee engagement and skills. As well as the BiT qualifications, the ceremony recognised staff for achieving Institute of Metal Finishing foundation certificates and other NVQs achieved as part of apprenticeship programmes.
Said Lyndon: “We see our participation in Sharing in Growth as a key element in enabling the business to introduce training and development programs that can be cascaded throughout Poeton’s organisational structure. This supports our mission to improve the effectiveness and efficiency throughout the business. Everything is aligned to ensure that our plants and resources deliver high quality coatings at competitive prices, allowing us to maximise on business opportunities and to create major employment expansion.”