This award is given for training achievement and the winner will be deemed to have shown significant personal and/or team achievement at any level of individual or team development.

WALKER LOGISTICS LTD

At the start of 2017 leading online fulfillment company, Walker Logistics, embarked on a ‘People Development Plan.’ Undertaken in partnership with Newbury College, the development programme was devised to ensure that staff at all levels within Walker’s business have the skills sets required to sustain the company’s rapid growth.

The programme aims to support Walker’s employees by not only improving the skills that directly impact upon a worker’s role within the organisation, but also sets out to build confidence, competence and increase motivation as well as the sense of wellbeing of staff across the workforce.

Feedback from staff has been very positive with 100 per cent of personnel reporting that they have found the workshops beneficial. Furthermore, in a survey of employees conducted after the workshop programme had begun, 100 per cent of respondents reported feeling ‘more connected’ to the company and ‘proud’ to be an employee of Walker Logistics.

Perhaps more significant though have been the tangible increases in productivity recorded across the business in the first quarter of 2017. Order pick rates and accuracy have improved across all accounts that operate from Walker’s multi-client facility in Berkshire, but one contract in particular has seen picking speeds increase by a staggering 35 per cent after suggestions from picking staff for a modest change to the layout of the store were implemented.

LINDE MATERIAL HANDLING (UK) LTD

As a market leader in the materials handling sector, Linde is dedicated in recruiting and training the best apprentices who will graduate to become factory trained engineers and continue to offer the first class level of service to its customers.

Linde’s apprentice programme follows the Fork Lift Truck Industry standards and provides the opportunity to work towards an internationally recognised qualification as a Forklift Truck Maintenance Engineer. The apprenticeship lasts for 4 years, the first 2 years leading to a vocational qualification at level 2 (Intermediate Apprenticeship) and the 3rd year providing a final vocational qualification at Level 3 in Forklift Truck Maintenance Repair. The final year focuses on specific training requirement depending on final job placement. The off the job training takes place at F-TEC’s Training Academy.

Apprentices receive individual mentors and access to an online progression tracker which provides support throughout the programme, allowing them to monitor their own development and to set themselves targets along the way.

The Linde apprentice scheme teaches a broad range of skills and theory needed to service Linde’s large product range of forklift trucks and beyond. The scheme provides individuals with a platform to build a career into other areas of the business like sales, health and safety, project management etc.

CENTURY LOGISTICS LTD

Training is used by Century Logistics as a vehicle to acquire and develop skills within the workplace, enabling employees to realise their full potential. The company has strived to develop an ethos of commitment towards training and in 2015 undertook a development programme named “Project Accelerate” with one of its aims to provide accredited training for 90% of their employees by the end of 2018.

Project Accelerate is led by Development Director Ann Basey- Fisher who has established a competency structure set against business and departmental objectives. This development strategy advocates structure, promoting stability and confidence to not only Century employees but also to their customers. By recognising current employee skills levels, Century can identify skills gaps within the workforce and create training programmes suitable for all employees.

To embed this ethos, Century has undertaken to create a commitment by everyone to develop self-awareness in themselves, as well as encouraging a sense of responsibility towards developing others within the workplace.

In conjunction with all skills levels, the company has devised an effective and robust appraisal support system, which is known as POPICE (Personal Overview of Performance in Integrity, Commitment and Excellence).

This system encourages employees to commit to suitable training initiatives, which builds on loyalty and career development. Everyone is encouraged to enhance their skills, performance, productivity and quality of work within a safe environment, which in turn will exceed customer expectations.