We've recently invested in workforce development with 17 staff joining an ILM Level 2 qualification course.
ILM is a City & Guilds training business and the Level 2 qualification looks at leadership and teams. The qualification is designed to help individual staff improve their performance as team members and assist their transition from working in a team to leading a team. It also helps practising team leaders to be more effective and confident in their work.
Whilst it's easy for outsiders to consider HPP as just dealing with sheet material, the overall business is surprisingly complex, with staff roles including manufacturing, factory maintenance, warehousing, logistics, sales, accounts, marketing and IT.
We're happy to report that the first cohort of supervisors and team leaders has successfully passed the ILM course while a second group has started the course and a third group will begin in coming weeks.
Dan Mounsey, our Director of Marketing and Business Development, said: "Our business is committed to skills and training right across all departments and at all levels. It's great to see 17 staff involved with this Level 2 programme.
"It will enhance our operations in many ways by giving staff more insight, skills and understanding of business needs and issues. It'll boost both individual and team communications, direction, productivity, planning, problem-solving and development. We are also looking to progress staff onto Level 3, building on this."
Two groups of staff have taken part in the ILM training held at Oldham Events Centre at Oldham Athletic FC. Among the first employees to pass the latest course is Scott Frost, 33, a day supervisor in Board Production. Scott has been with HPP for 17 years, seeing considerable changes and development of the business in that time.
Regarding his current role and latest ILM training, he said: "I work with a team of 17 and my job is to ensure we reach production targets and the highest possible standards. But there are lots of things to consider in addition to the core tasks and targets. The ILM training has helped us to look at the bigger picture, delegate more effectively, balance immediate and longer term goals, and be more aware of individual staff's circumstances. I've made a few changes since coming to this department through bringing a fresh pair of eyes and the ILM course helps us to review what we do.
"I'd recommend the training. It benefits your work and also life outside work. The more knowledge and skills you can gain, the better equipped you are to deal with lots of things. I'm happy in my current role but in future I'd be interested in getting to the next level at HPP and see where that takes me."