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74% of A-SAFEs manufacturing workforce complete operational NVQ qualifications


Over two thirds of employees from A-SAFEs manufacturing centre have successfully completed NVQs with support from the polymer safety barrier specialist.



74% of A-SAFEs manufacturing workforce complete operational NVQ qualifications

52 employees (74% at the time of sign up) based at the company’s HQ in Elland completed the qualifications simultaneously. The 12-month courses included an intermediate apprenticeship in Improving Operational Performance, intermediate apprenticeship in Warehouse Operations and a level two NVQ in team leading.

Provided by SHL Training, each course consists of four separate qualifications which equips apprentices with the skills and knowledge to carry out engineering and manufacturing processes at semi-skilled and operator level.

During work hours, employees completed coursework, practical work and functional Maths and English to achieve the full NVQ apprenticeship certification.

John Calvert, Manufacturing team member said: “I feel like I’ve achieved something great and I’m proud of myself for sticking at it. I’ve been working at A-SAFE for two years and I’m really hoping this qualification will allow me to progress in the business and keep pushing forward.”

"Completing the qualification means that as well as increasing our personal skills, it also helps us to understand and drive the business forward. On my team, 18 out of 24 have just completed the qual"
Keith Hopkins, Shift Manager



Last week the newly-qualified employees attended a presentation ceremony, where they were presented with official certificates by Nikki Speak, Operations Manager at A-SAFE’s manufacturing centre.

Owing to the success of these recent achievements, A-SAFE will continue to train its manufacturing team members, with a further 45 booked in to complete the NVQ’s in 2018.

Nikki Speak, Operations Manager said: “The employees based at our manufacturing centre have embraced the opportunity to gain an official qualification and enhance their skills. As we introduce new processes, machinery and equipment, these skills will be increasingly in demand and we’re planning to continue with the training next year.”

A-SAFE is committed to developing and training its employees, even ensuring new team members from all corners of the world receive their training at the Elland facility.




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