South Wales food firm dish up training for 350 staff
Food production firm Tillery Valley has launched a company-wide training programme for all 350 employees at its Abertillery site to improve their skill set.
The twelve month scheme will run across all departments and will ensure that every single employee gains a nationally recognised qualification on completion of their learning. Each member of staff will follow a personalised training programme which will cover general business topics such as communication and team working, alongside specific job-related topics and technical and personal skills needs.
The learning programme has been specifically designed for Tillery Valley by organisational development specialists, Stratum. Tillery Valley can access up to £750,000 of funding from the Welsh Government's Skills Growth Wales initiative to support the programme.
Skills Growth Wales was set up to support businesses to up-skill their workforce during times of expansion. Tillery Valley has recently recruited a number of additional staff after securing several new contracts and acquiring a new business.
Phil Hall, site director at Tillery Valley, said: "We work in an area of high unemployment so investing in the skills of our workforce is something that is not only important to us as a business, but will have a positive impact on the surrounding community.
"Our workforce is our biggest asset and our employees understand that improved skills will mean better prospects for them personally and for us as a business. We strive to continually improve the quality of our service and provide opportunities for our staff to develop and drive the business forward.
"We have always been committed to our Investors in People status and firmly believe that the quality of our workforce can drive the quality of our service. We have recently recruited 35 new members of staff and are confident that we will continue to secure new business and expand our workforce over the forthcoming years.
"We are very pleased to be working with Stratum on this structured programme which will ensure that we are continually driving standards and ensuring that our people are empowered to do the best job they possibly can."
Operations manager at Tillery Valley, Jeff Dunlop, said: "Committing to a company-wide learning programme requires a lot of time and energy from a business. Managing a training programme while ensuring that the workflow continues at the same pace is a juggling act, which demands commitment from everybody involved.
"Stratum has taken time to get to know many of our staff and our business as a whole and has developed a bespoke programme which is being delivered flexibly to fit in with workloads and shift patterns.
"Every member of staff at Tillery Valley is engaged with the training and we are pleased that we can offer our employees this opportunity to develop both work and life skills which will ultimately boost their own prospects as well as our capabilities as a business."