Packaging operators receive NVQs
Thirty staff at Catalent Pharma Solution’s packaging facility in Corby have been awarded National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) at Level 2 for packaging operators in a ceremony held at the company’s premises. The certificates were presented by Gordon Stewart, Head of PIABC. The training and assessment was managed by The Training Partnership (TTP).
Catalent is a leading provider of packaging solutions in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and consumer healthcare industries and as such they place great emphasis on high quality training for all staff.
‘We are delighted with the results of the scheme so far,’ said Steve Facer, Site Director for Packaging Services at Corby. ‘The programme is tailored specifically at the packaging industry and, amongst other things, has helped improve the knowledge and confidence of staff. As many staff are eligible for Government funding under the Train to Gain scheme, the costs to the company are minimal.’
Tailored training for packaging staff
Sixty-three staff are on the programme so far and their ages range from the early 20s to the oldest at 66. The Training Partnership were flexible, covering all shift patterns so that production was not disrupted. They also provided tailored booklets that helped staff increase their knowledge of the process.
‘The response was fantastic,’ said Annetta Talbot of TTP, ‘and many followed up their work-based training with further reading in their own time. The scheme is an excellent example of how work-based programmes can help companies and individuals achieve their goals.’
PIABC has been working with companies for over a year promoting the NVQ. ‘It is an ideal qualification for staff working on packaging lines as it provides a structured programme that can be largely completed as part of peoples’ work-based activities. After all, training for those on the packaging line is just as important as for others in the organisation,’ said Stewart.
The scheme continues to develop with Catalent and other businesses, and as more people complete their training it is offering a real breakthrough for packaging companies.