A leading door manufacturer in Leicestershire is investing in the future of its staff by joining forces with one of the UK’s top training and education specialists.
Hörmann, which is based in Germany, has its UK subsidiary at Gee Road, Coalville, and is renowned throughout Europe for supplying garage and industrial doors to private and commercial properties.
Seventeen employees are currently taking part in Leadership and Management and Microsoft Office Specialist programmes run by award-winning PET-Xi Training.
Staff from stock control, production, warehouse & logistics, door modifications, marketing and facilities & maintenance are learning highly-valuable IT skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and IT security.
PET-Xi Training assessors Claire Griffin, Eugene Mawn and Arfan Shafi are holding the courses in the training suite at Hörmann until the end of next month.
Martyn French, systems manager at Hörmann UK, said upskilling staff was vital for their personal development as well as the company’s future.
He said: “I think it closes a skills gap for staff who are aspiring to move up the ladder in the company, as well as give more knowledge to junior managers who want to upskill and improve their own performance in their jobs.
“The Microsoft Office Specialist programme is giving people the opportunity to improve their efficiency in their job because this is a more in-depth look at all the various programmes.
“In IT, we see people in many jobs using the basic skills but by increasing their knowledge, they can improve their efficiency and make their daily work easier.
“Everyone taking part in the course has chosen their own management modules and is learning a great deal which will aid the future growth of the company.”
Claire Griffin, of PET-Xi Training which is based in Coventry, said the response from staff had been extremely positive.
“PET-Xi Training is one of only three centres in Europe chosen to host the Microsoft Office Specialist programme,” she said.
“It is ideal for businesses such as Hörmann since we can travel to their offices to hold the accredited courses.
“This is the first time Hörmann UK has held the IT courses because I think they had noticed there was a skills gap within the management area and they have responded really well.
“We opened it up to all staff so that in the future if they are promoted, they have the necessary skills to take their careers further.
“It is important to be able to deal with all kinds of situations that perhaps they would previously not have had the confidence in dealing with, such as problem-solving and conflict resolution.
“We are bringing our innovative approach to business training to help employees learn new skills, which will not only benefit themselves but their company.”
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