Several Aarsleff Ground Engineering employees have now successfully completed a yearlong programme developing their business improvement techniques, otherwise known as the ‘L2 Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Improving Operational Performance’. This also becomes one of the first initiatives to be completed under the Apprenticeship Levy Scheme, part of the Government’s scheme to deliver training to employees and businesses regardless of their age. As an early Christmas present, the employees gathered on Wednesday the 19th to collect their certificates. Well done team!
Aarsleff’s Business and HR Manager Heather Jones commented:
“Some of the highest performing companies in the UK are those that train and invest in their staff’s professional development. We identified an opportunity to upskill our current employees with an industry standard program centred on the proven tools and techniques of lean process and quality improvement activities, and we feel it has been a beneficial way to promote effective team working across our workforce whilst also leading to greater efficiency and increased profitability for the overall business.”
The training has been delivered by Aarsleff Ground Engineering’s partner Lead Education and Development Ltd, who rolled out the training in the organisation’s headquarters in Newark. Pursuing ways to identify and eliminate waste, create flow and improve quality, the training was delivered to a group consisting of employees across all of Aarsleff’s departments. In this way, the training would not only grow individuals knowledge but would serve to increase teamwork and communication across the entire company, with an increased understanding of each discipline and each department’s own strengths and challenges.
“As part of an overall business strategy, we also had many new employees into company at the time and so we placed those in the cohort alongside other employees who had long term experience – the idea being to inject freshness, together with mentoring from experienced members of our team.”
The Apprenticeship Levy scheme has also provided members of the cohort who required it a chance to increase their skills and gain a formal qualification in both Maths and English – in some cases their first opportunity to do this since being at school. The course itself covered units such as Effective Team Work, Problem Solving Techniques, Compliance with Statutory/Safety Regulations, Workplace Organisation, Continuous Improvement Techniques and Visual Management Systems.
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