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Cy Wilkinson, Cressall Managing Director

Training delivers sustainable improvements for resistor firm

Leicester based electrical manufacturer Cressall Resistors has worked with training provider Focus Management for Business to deliver a set of NVQ training programmes in business improvement techniques for its plant floor team. 

Cressall Resistors understands the benefits of its staff gaining appropriate qualifications and Cy Wilkinson, Cressall’s managing director, has worked closely with Focus to develop their own delivery plan, which included one-to-one interaction and working in teams.

Training included environmental health and safety, line management and sustainable business improvements. The last of these involved the delivery of the Sustainable Improvement Programme course, a Level 4 NVQ qualification in Business Improvement Techniques.

Focus Management for Business secured funding support to minimise the cost of the training programmes and the company is now engaged in the next phase of their business improvement techniques programme.

“Electrical manufacturing, and manufacturing overall for that matter, is continually evolving with new processes and guidelines,” explained Wilkinson. “By ensuring that our training is up to date, Cressall can develop a more efficient work force and thus a better end-product.”

Cressall Resistors continued growth during the recession can be partly attributed to its focus on business improvement. This has been achieved, in part, by the up-skilling of staff, as well as the sustainable manufacturing improvements made within the business.

“Over the last few years we have provided training for different levels of workforce development, from level two to level four qualifications,” continued Wilkinson. “We are working to put some of the team through another set of qualifications, so there’s no doubt that training is an ongoing process.”

Cressall Resistors designs and manufactures electrical resistors for use in power generation, high and medium voltage power distribution, marine and offshore electrical systems, drives and controls for cranes, hoists and industrial machinery, rail traction and standby power systems.

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