Five Winbro staff are among the first on the Sharing in Growth Programme to achieve their NVQs in Business Improvement Techniques.
The successful candidates spent a year in training and working on practical projects to gain their certificates at either Level 2 or Level 3. They are:
Mark Coombes, from Coalville, Test Engineer, Level 2.
Neil Chesters, from Coalville, Machine Tool Fitter, Level 2.
Andrew Aston, from Tamworth, Machine Tool Fitter, Level 2.
Stephen Smith, from Mount Sorrell, Test Engineer, Level 2.
Jadine Riley, from Burbage, Junior Project Engineer, Level 3.
The NVQs were part of the Sharing in Growth programme and Winbro’s own PACE’s initiative which supports the “people” element of the Coalville-based company’s VISION 2020. This includes a range of development programmes such as a new apprenticeship scheme launched with Rolls-Royce’s training academy; a graduate development programme; and ‘Inspiration Group’ training in management and communication tools to deliver the Winbro Vision, Mission, Values and Behaviours.
Said Winbro Chief Operation Officer Andy Lawson: “I’m delighted that our first cohort of PACE’rs have attained National Vocational Qualifications in a number of business improvement and communication techniques which has delivered meaningful improvements within our Machine Systems’ business. The tools that they have learnt can be taken forward, shared and applied across the group. Well done team!”
The projects undertaken by the NVQ teams included improving visual management; increasing productivity and reducing machine build hours through standardisation of layout and processes; and renovating the tool room which identified a £30,000 per annum saving.
Said successful candidate Jadine: “All of us, throughout the NVQ and beyond, have learned many skills and techniques in problem solving, analysis and communication which has enabled us to change the way we and others around us work on a daily basis. Having different people from different backgrounds and skillsets has enabled an all-encompassing view of what we can improve together which has been the real success for us. This qualification will ensure that the people will always have a say in what can be made better in the workplace, whether that be something small or a large project; continuous improvement will always be part of what we do.”
A supplier to blue chip companies like Rolls-Royce, GE, Pratt and Whitney, Snecma and Siemens, Winbro has secured contracts estimated to be worth £88 million since starting on the government-backed Sharing in Growth programme in October 2014. This will eventually see the company grow from 170 staff in 2014 to over 300 by mid 2018. In 2016, as part of its expansion, the Winbro Group opened a new advanced machining facility and hired 40 new team members. It is planning a further 40 to 45 hires in 2017.