Type of Business: Boat Yard & Repairs Location: Cremyll, Torpoint
Training undertaken: An impressive 27 of Mashfords’ 32-strong staff entered Cornwall Marine Network’s training programme - covering everything from maths and literacy, and NVQs in business administration, marine engineering and team leading.
Objective: To bring the historic business into the 21st Century by ensuring Mashfords’ workforce has up-to-date skills and qualifications. To invest in a training initiative that would make its employees feel valued and part of a progressive company. To consolidate their knowledge and achieve a qualification they can be proud of and take with them throughout their careers.
Being able to complete the majority of the qualifications during work time was hugely appealing, saving the cost of travel and time away from the company. And the fact the training programme is totally funded was an obvious bonus to the employer. Mashfords set up a new quality system and gained BS EN ISO 9000:2008 accreditation in 1997, which replaced the BS 5750 standard.
The company is now converting an old store room into a specialist training facility. A member of staff is also training to become an in-house NVQ assessor, which will help employees get through their training quicker.
“Mashfords’ staff have and will gain greatly from joining Cornwall Marine Network’s training scheme in many ways. Firstly it gives the business and staff a renewed confidence and awareness in all aspects of daily work practices. It brings with it a new focus, enabling us to reflect on previous teaching and cross-reference newly-learnt methods with the familiar day-to-day jobs we carry out on a regular basis. Staff will have a greater sense of achievement after completing the training and coursework. They have been egging each other on about their assignments, bringing a greater sense of camaraderie and teamwork. Plus they will have more confidence in the fact that they have a certification behind them to possibly lead them to greater achievements in their careers. From a business point of view, it can only be seen as a positive step. It demonstrates that, while an established company, we are progressive-thinking and willing to employ modern ideals. Customers can see how we are investing time in the company and its staff so we can be ahead of the game.”
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