Friday, August 26, 2011

News: Cutting & Wear's precision trained personnel


Rotherham manufacturing firm, Cutting & Wear, is ensuring that they continue to grow by developing the skills of existing employees.

In the last year employee numbers have increased by 15 percent, but, according to operations director, John Barnett, recruiting people with the right skills is becoming increasingly difficult. John said: "For Cutting & Wear personal development is part of a company-wide, continuous improvement philosophy. Staff training and development is fundamental to the on-going success of the business and everyone at the company is actively encouraged to enhance their skills."

The company is a rapidly expanding supplier of engineering services to the global oil and gas exploration industry and recently celebrated the success of four employees who completed courses leading to national vocational qualifications (NVQs) in subjects including Customer Service and Team Leadership.

NVQs assess skills, knowledge and understanding of a wide range of work-based situations; the qualifications are based on national occupational standards and are aimed at enhancing the practical skills needed for employees, at all levels, to perform their roles more effectively.

In addition to the success with NVQs, a number of the company's young middle managers have recently become members of the Sheffield Junior Chamber of Commerce, whose aim is to help develop tomorrow's business leaders. As well as ensuring that all personnel are trained to do their jobs effectively, the company is also keen to develop staff who have the potential to progress to senior management and even board room positions.

Apprenticeships have also become an important element of the company's recruitment programme and they are planning to increase the number of apprenticeship places in the next 12 months. The apprenticeships are a cost effective way for the company to develop staff with the right skills for the future.

In February, the Greasbrough Road company announced plans to move to a purpose-built £5m facility at Ecclesfield in Sheffield.

Cutting & Wear website


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