Graham Engineering Ltd view professional, vocational industry specific, and Continuous Personal Development (CPD) training as a vital part of business growth.

The training, qualification, and technical experience acquired by all GEL employees is closely monitored and recorded. Using continuous improvement methodology, all processes are being reviewed and by utilising the simple skills matrix, targeted training to increase capability and flexibility of SQEP’d personnel is being implemented, resulting in a more skilled and efficient workforce.

In addition to providing our workforce with the skills and qualifications, GEL has invested heavily in a cultural change to ensure that the “will” to build quality into point of manufacture is evident, and that the full understanding of the cost of quality is disseminated throughout all levels of the workforce. It is important that our employees understand: the needs and obligations of our customers and have awareness of customer demands including their timescales, outages and impacts on supply requirements; and understand the requirements for manufacturing & quality controls on nuclear related products.

At GEL, we have undertaken this through a number of initiatives; training, visits and employee involvement. These initiatives have resulted in an element of ownership from our operators. They have taken ownership of the detailed Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) that are being improved for each process, ensuring that quality hold points are clearly illustrated, and that any safety issues and PPE requirements are highlighted. These documents then form part of the training package as identified through the skills matrix, and allow for uniformity to be achieved on process tasks. With these building blocks in place, we are now seeing elements of pride growing within the workplace, which is impacting upon the commitment to the company, the customer and the industry.

Training and the investment in young people’s development has always played a key role at GEL. Being founder members of Pendle Training, now Training 2000, GEL have had an “apprenticeship programme” on site for over 30 years. This programme is now moving from strength to strength with the total number of apprentices is increasing year on year, as the opportunities and skills on offer to our apprentices grow and include; robotics and robot programming, high power fibre laser technology, plasma cutting capability, and high profile R&D projects.

Appropriate collaborative partnerships are key to business survival and growth.

GEL aims to increase our links with academic institutions including Liverpool John Moore’s University and The Dalton Institute at Manchester University; as well as with Training 2000 and the new University Technical College, Burnley, which opened in Aug 2013, in order to provide solid training as a lead into job opportunities for the local populous.

Looking to the future, GEL will be working closer with both the National Skills Academy for Nuclear and other professional bodies; i.e. The Welding Institute (TWI) and IMechE, in order to raise our profile within the industry, and build upon our expertise regarding laser technology.

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