West Pharmaceuticals host skills road show
Link's 'Pace Skills Road Show' arrived in St Austell on Thursday
12th January courtesy of West Pharmaceutical's car park on
Holmbush Industrial Estate. The mobile advice unit will be
parked there every second Thursday until 23rd March.
The road show means all local businesses and their employees
have the opportunity to get a free 'skills health check'.
It's all part of a of a two-month regional campaign
to help employees and businesses develop talents, improve
skills and grow by ensuring they have the right skills for
the future needs of the business.
Experienced workforce development advisers will be working
from the mobile advice unit to analyse employees' training
needs and identify training and financial solutions. The road
show is part of an initiative funded by the Learning and Skills
Council and the advisers are from Business Link Devon &
Cornwall and Connexions Cornwall and Devon Ltd's Nextstep
West Pharmaceutical Services (Cornwall) Ltd is part of an
American owned group employing 420 people at their manufacturing
plants in St Austell and also in Bodmin. West Pharmaceuticals
designs and manufactures complete and part systems for the
onward delivery of drugs into the body.
To mark the road show's arrival, Perry Liddle quality
assurance manager at West Pharmaceuticals was on hand to welcome
the advice unit. Perry explains: "We are totally
committed to supporting and developing the skills of our employees.
In our industry there is no room for errors or mistakes so
we rely on a highly skilled workforce to ensure we get it
right each time."
Richard Scutt, Business Link workforce development adviser,
commented: "We are actively encouraging local employers
and employees to drop in at any time for information and advice
on skills development. Ensuring your employees have the proper
skills can help improve your profits whatever business you
are in and there are valuable benefits for the individual."
The Pace Skills Advice Unit is off to Truro Business Park,
Threemilestone on 25th January 2006 before returning to West
Pharmaceuticals on Thursday 26th January.
For further information please contact Carolyn Daw on 01566
771863 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Learning and Skills Council
through the European Social Fund (ESF). The Programme has
also invested in Business Link through the European Regional
Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Agricultural Guidance
and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).
Anyone considering a new horticulture, food and
land based industries project is advised to speak with Maria
Ford, at Government Office South West on 01752 635015 before
commencing development as there are now only limited funds
available due to the successful uptake of funding by the agricultural
sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Business Link provides a free information and enquiry service
via an information gateway on the web www.bldc.co.uk
and via the telephone on 0845 600 9966 to all businesses and
those considering starting a business. Additionally it provides
impartial business advice and support through a network of
partner organisations, which it co-ordinates, and a register
of independent business practitioners. Business Link for Devon
and Cornwall delivers the national Business Link service to
the region under contract from the South West RDA. Business
Link has received Objective One investment (European Regional
Development Fund and EAGGF) to help companies improve performance
Learning and Skills Council (LSC)
The pace road show is part of an initiative funded by the
Learning and Skills Council and the advisers are from Business
Link Devon & Cornwall and Connexions Cornwall and Devon
Ltd's Nextstep programme. The LSC exists to make England
better skilled and more competitive. It is responsible for
planning and funding high-quality vocational education and
training for everyone. It has a single goal: to improve the
skills of England's young people and adults to world-class
standards. Its vision is that by 2010, young people and adults
in England have the knowledge and skills matching the best
in the world and are part of a truly competitive workforce.
Established in 2001 the LSC works nationally, regionally and
locally from a network of offices across the country.
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