November 12th, 2014
Training helps retain employees during turbulent times
For Christchurch based manufacturers B&D Doors, their strong commitment to training has helped boost employee retention and engagement during trying times for the city.
“In 2012, we started ‘project commitment’ – a plan to shift our Christchurch based operation of over 70 people to a new site,” says Paul Dryden, Operations Manager at B&D Doors. “As part of this plan we also wanted members of our manufacturing team to start working towards a nationally recognised qualification in manufacturing.”
Now, B&D Doors has reached its first milestone. At a ceremony held last month 11 employees graduated with the National Certificate in Competitive Manufacturing, and 12 employees with the National Certificate in Core Manufacturing Skills.
“This is a significant achievement. For the majority of our learners this is their first and only qualification as many left school at a young age. More importantly it is a meaningful and recognised qualification for the manufacturing industry.
“While other Canterbury manufacturers have lost staff during this turbulent time we have managed to retain people and see a high level of engagement,” says Paul.
The training was managed by Hagley Adult Learning Centre and Aaron Amyes, Account Manager for Competenz, the Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for the manufacturing industry. Training was structured so that the first 12 months of the qualifications focused on improving literacy and numeracy skills to ensure everyone was on a level playing field so the initiative would be a success.
The learners attending the training were from a large cross section of the manufacturing team and included process workers, team leaders, trades people, technicians and planners.
As a result of training, B&D Doors has seen many improvements including a significant improvement in communication skills, new processes developed to improve work areas, and increased employee confidence leading to more applications for promotions – and those applicants being successful!
“I have witnessed all of our learners grow in many different ways,” says Paul, “and already we have team members pushing for further training in the New Year!”
B&D Doors www.bnd.co.nz
Hagley Adult Learning Centre www.hagley.school.nz