Bottled water firm Deeside Water Company is tapping into a recently set up training fund to improve its productivity.
The Ballater-based company has signed up for Skills Development Scotland’s innovative Flexible Training Opportunities scheme to help update the skills of its fork lift truck drivers – a key asset within the business.
Now Deeside Water, which bottles one of the purest waters in the world at source, is already noting a marked improvement in productivity and efficiency at its Aberdeenshire factory.
George Simpson, Deeside Water Company director, said: “The Flexible Training Opportunities programme has given our employees a boost and this has already paid dividends for the whole company. By updating the training of our fork lift truck drivers, we now have a front line workforce with a much broader skills set and a higher level of confidence.
“Employees are now comfortable taking on higher levels of responsibility. As a business priding itself on quality, we appreciate the importance of investing in staff and continuous improvement. But the availability of funding from SDS provided us with the incentive to apply and get started. It has been a win-win situation for the company.”
Flexible Training Opportunities gives businesses with under 50 employees the opportunity to apply for up to £5,000 towards employee training costs.
Launched by SDS earlier this year and supported by the European Social Fund, the programme aims to help small businesses become more resilient and to boost productivity and success.
Funding is available for up to 10 employees per business and the money is not a loan so there's no need to pay it back. SDS will refund up to 50% of each episode of employee training up to a maximum of £500 per employee.
To ensure they reap maximum benefits from the scheme, the initiative allows businesses to design training programmes to suit their own needs. By tailoring the training, companies can encourage staff to reach their full potential. The application hotline is 0800 7836000.
Courses include industry recognised qualifications, workshops and masterclasses.
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