CONTRACT manufacturer, Grotech Production Ltd, has joined employer led campaign, The 5% Club, founded to promote apprenticeships, and in their first month of membership smashed the target.
But the Goole based company have no intention of putting the brakes on and have set themselves further goals to boost youth skills and employment in the East Yorkshire town.
Stephen Moore is Operations Director, he heard of the campaign and knew it was just the incentive the business needed to motivate and maintain its growth targets.
“Grotech has successfully implemented a growth strategy based on broadening our customer base and expanding our product diversity,” he explained.
“Having moved from being reliant on agrichem, which was highly seasonal, we now manufacture for the automotive sector, industrial cleaners and horticultural fertilisers for use in the UK and globally.
“Being less reliant on seasonal production increased our demand for skilled people, but we wanted to live the ethos of investing in our people. Joining The 5% Club was logical. It makes us focus on sustainable growth, improving the opportunities for our team and contributing to the Goole economy,” he said.
As the name suggests members of The 5% Club commit to investing in their teams through ‘earn and learn’ training opportunities at both entry and development level. In return members, who range from global corporates to SMEs, can share best practice and network while being motivated to have five per cent of their team in a training scheme at any one time.
Already Grotech has hit its target of five per cent with one maintenance engineer having just completed his first year at Hull College and two senior staff working towards their Level III Team Leader accreditations.
Kyle Dickinson joined Grotech straight from school. “I’m very practical and couldn’t imagine having to study full time. This allows me to study part time at college while I have access to on the job training from someone who has 24 years’ experience and clearly knows what they are asking about. It has really motivated me,” he said.
For Simon Newton the chance to develop; is career on the Level III Team Leader Course was the spur he needed. “I have been at Grotech 12 years and wanted to develop but couldn’t imagine going back to university. We study alongside someone from another business so we can share problem solving and best practice,” he said.
Mike Whur agrees: “Grotech investing in our progression in this way demonstrates commitment from them to us. It will enable us to move up the managerial ladder and it has been really motivational for both Simon and myself, and the rest of the team,” he said.
Stephen Moore said: “We always have one eye on the future and being a member of The 5% Club has helped spur us on to hire a second apprentice maintenance engineer who starts later this month. We have also set ourselves on-going targets to grow the team and to offer existing employees training to boost their skills and our capabilities.
“We are not a major employer, but sustainable growth is important. Investing in people’s skills makes them feel valued and it supports our long-term growth strategy that has paid off with an increase in turnover and better value more diverse contracts,” added Stephen.
Lady Cobham, Director General of The 5% Club said, “We’re delighted to welcome Grotech Production Ltd into membership. The 5% Club provides a fantastic network of HR professionals, sharing and learning from each other. All our members share an ethos of creating a skilled workforce through ‘earn and learn’ development programmes, helping people develop meaningful career paths.”