As the Training Officer and Assessor for furniture company Martin Moore & Co for the past seven years, John Barker says their training programme equips staff with the skills they need to work efficiently. “They have a very good, structured approach to training which allows all staff to learn the skills necessary to produce high-specification furniture. The company are always looking at ways to upskill their workforce, whether it is young apprentices or via adult apprenticeships,”
This approach has earned the company a nomination in the Outstanding SME Employer of the Year category at the Proskills Awards. Everybody at Martin Moore has the opportunity to learn and pick up new skills, which gives employees important perspective on their role. “With each person having a variety of skills their job roles are constantly changing – this helps employees develop a better understanding of their role and ensures a high quality of work is maintained,”
Nearly everyone working at Martin Moore has taken extra training to broaden their skill set. This investment in training has had a positive impact on labour turnover and helped the company withstand the worst effects of the recession. “When a lot of companies are looking to make cuts, Martin Moore has managed to keep production going with their existing workforce. Employees at Martin Moore feel they are valued by the company,” continued John.
This commitment to training has helped increase profits, fuelling the company’s ambitions to expand further. The apprenticeship programme will have an important part to play in future growth. “With manufacturing going through a tough time it is good to see a company like Martin Moore doing well and producing high quality furniture. They also have a sustainable working policy – they turn their wood waste into heating for the factory, reducing the amount sent to landfill,” explained John.
The awards ceremony promises to be a hugely enjoyable evening that will highlight the work of both individuals and companies in the process and manufacturing sector, while also offering important networking and sponsorship opportunities. If you would like to get involved in the Proskills Awards then please get in touch on 01235 833844 or via manon.chaput@
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