The latest group of McVitie's staff at their Harlesden factory to complete a comprehensive training programme with the College of North West London have been celebrating their success.
A group of 40 Advanced Team Members (ATMs) at the leading biscuit brand studied a range of Engineering qualifications, alongside core skills in English, maths and ICT. The training was delivered in the workplace by CNWL over a two year period, with a 100% success rate for the technical qualifications.
Workers covering all of the company's 24-hour shift pattern were able to benefit from the training with some classes delivered in the middle of the night!
The package of qualifications was combined into an Apprenticeship framework and the team members' success in achieving their qualifications was marked at a series of ceremonies this week. McVitie's Acting Factory General Manager Fraser Jones, Training Manager John Holland and CNWL Curriculum Director Neil Dellar awarded the team with certificates.
Team member Monica said: "This programme has given us lots of new opportunities. It's been a really good idea and helped me develop my role from manufacturing towards engineering."
Her colleague Rohit added: "We have been lucky to benefit from a great tutor. Our communication and teamwork have improved, and the training has helped us discover new and better ways to work."
McVitie's Training Manager John Holland said: "For me this Apprenticeship highlights everything that is excellent in a Partnership. The College of North West London and McVitie's have developed a unique programme that has been a fantastic benefit to our Advanced Team Members in their personal development."
This group are the second cohort of McVities staff to benefit from this training programme. Among the first cohort, who completed the programme in 2015, staff retention has been excellent with several of the group going on to promoted posts.
The group's tutor, Colin Beddall, praised the commitment of the staff and McVities to the scheme: "The outstanding success of this group reflects the strong level of commitment to learning from each team member, whatever the demands of a tough work schedule. The support from the company and its flexible approach is equally important, enabling the learners to develop skills for their future careers and life outside work."