Wincanton is committed to unlocking potential in every employee. The management team at Wincanton’s Proctor & Gamble site in Thurrock, encourages individuals to become multi-skilled and promotes development, which helps the company with succession planning. Training initiatives include Health & Safety / QA and Lean Six Sigma training; NVQ Level 2 in Warehousing & Storage, BTEC Business Improving performance, and People Management Training. This has resulted in absences being halved and led to a saving in company sick pay of over £100,000. In addition, staff feel valued; operating processes are smoother, which delivers cost savings; staff skill level increases; and staff are in a position to gain further skills they would not have been in previously.
Eddie Stobart (ESL)
A leader in multimodal transport, storage and handling servicers, ESL has over 4000 employees and is constantly growing as a truly efficient and dynamic business. Training is viewed as an essential part of sustainable growth. To support this strategy, a dedicated £1 million Training Academy in Wildness became operational in March 2011, accompanied by the creation of a comprehensive suite of learning programmes across a range of levels and disciplines. The Academy sees over 750 new starters inducted annually. Tangible benefits are already being shown, particularly through its suite of compliance and safety training. This has seen ESL’s Accident Frequency Rate (AFR) reduced to just 0.06 in December 2013 – that’s almost a 54% over 12 months. Within Contract Logistics and Warehousing, during the same period, the AFR reduced to 0.65 – a decrease of almost 29% in RIDDOR reportable accidents for the division. 2013 saw a 50% reduction in reportable RIDDOR accidents that occurred on ESL sites. Another initiative, The Positive Safety Pyramid encourages employees to get involved and ensure their training is put into practice, actively creating a positive safety culture an has received tremendous buy in from the warehousing division.