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Astley Signs upskills its workforce

Astley Signs upskills its workforce

The image shows (l to r) Trevor Norman, Director at 3P Training, with Gavin Redhead, Commercial Director at Astley.  

Gateshead-based Astley Signs, which employs 135 people, partnered Gateshead College and, with help from the European Social Funding Agency, invested in the development of every member of its workforce.

Delivered by 3P Training, the training programme is designed to enable Astley’s employees to gain a better understanding of Kaizen, Visual Management and 5S. 2560 hours of training has been undertaken to date.

As well as the company-wide learning initiatives, leadership training has also been undertaken by those in supervisory roles,

Gavin Redhead, Commercial Director at Astley, said: “As a company, we are committed to investing in our staff as part of our succession planning programme and long-term plans for growth.

“In a business like ours there are many different departments, all of which have an important part to play in our overall offering, and we really wanted staff to have a chance to learn more about disciplines outside of their own skillset.

“Every single employee will undertake the training programme and we believe it will put us in a strong position to grow – our staff is key to this and we want everyone to feel valued and to know that, no matter what stage of their career they’re at, there are opportunities for them to develop.”

Reporting on his own experience, Ian Dixon, a Team Leader and former apprentice within the company, said: “The training was very valuable, as while I had some understanding of other business processes, spending time with colleagues from other departments has really has helped me gain a better understanding of everything the business does and how each one of us can contribute to its success.”

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