Training courses bring skills boost to the region

Training courses bring skills boost to the region

More than 5,000 training courses have been undertaken by employees across the Leeds City Region since February 2015 with support from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Businesses have upskilled staff in everything from project management to welding qualifications with over £3m worth of training grants from the LEP’s skills service.

Skipton-based Broughton Laboratories, a medical technologies business specialising in analysing and testing pharmaceutical products, turned to the LEP for support to undertake training which would set the foundations for future development.

Broughton Laboratories has demonstrated growth since its incorporation in 2006. It has gone from employing two staff to 48, and turnover has been steadily increasing, currently standing at £2.6m. The company is expecting turnover to rise to £3.3m at the end of the financial year.

The company have ambitious plans, and are set to move from their current site into bespoke premises more than quadruple the current size. The company is anticipating the creation over 60 new jobs in the next three years, and has longer term aspirations of employing 120 and seeing turnover rise to £10m by 2021.

Broughton Laboratories approached the LEP skills service for support for staff to undertake leadership and management training as well as 5S training, a workplace organisation method designed to improve efficiency, quality and employee safety.

The funding and support has allowed the company to do two rounds of training, meaning that more staff members could take the training and progress more quickly.

In total, 16 members of staff were enlisted to take part in the 5S training, with a select few designated ‘5S champions’ whose role going forward was to ensure that the core principles were being implemented in the workplace.

An additional 16 members of staff took part in the leadership and management training with a view to them taking up a more advanced role in the company in the future. 

The company have also previously gained funding from the LEP towards items of machinery, which allowed it to become more efficient and free up staff’s time to complete other jobs and allowed the company to increase capacity.

Chris Allen, managing director of Broughton Laboratories, said: "The continuous support that we’ve received from the LEP over the years has really helped us and these two training courses are another boost to help the business grow.

 "We take a lot of our staff on straight out of university, so the training that we are receiving is helping these new starters to be trained in our way of thinking and our way of doing things. We can also identify any potential future leaders from these new recruits, and give them a real platform to grow, which in turn makes us as a company grow."