Skills Focus – Little Electrical (Lurgan) and South Eastern Regional College

Skills Focus – Little Electrical (Lurgan) and South Eastern Regional College

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We’re a local electrical contracting
company, we do work both here and in the UK mainland. We work largely for the
industrial sector between food manufacturing and we do a lot of retail
refits of shops and retail premises. There are skills shortages for us
particularly as technical skills, so we really look after our workforce, we
really work hard to keep them highly skilled. So one of the challenges is
really to fit that in, to find time to be able to get the training that we require
done and that’s why we find it has really been very beneficial working
alongside the South Eastern Regional College. The funding that we had made
available to us came from the Department for the Economy and the programme that we
availed of was the Skills Focus programme.This really was very beneficial
to the company to enable us to be able to have affordable training delivered to
us in a way which was appropriate for the company. 75 per cent of the training costs
are covered, it really means that you can upscale a lot more of your employees
really cost-effectively. We’ve actually had 18 people go through the course so
when you consider that we employ approximately 50 people in the business,
you can see the benefit to the business of being able to train these large
numbers of people. It really allows us to continue to grow our
business and to develop our people so without it we really wouldn’t be able to
continue to develop them in the way that we can. So we’re very proactive in the
local marketplace and across over in the mainland UK as well. So we’re confident when our
guys go to site that they’re well capable of doing the jobs that they’re
asked to do and everyone really has the correct training that they require. It’s just helped that everybody throughout
the business has kept up-to-date and to make sure the job is done right – when we
leave a job we know it’s up to that standard and it’s good to go. I would recommend the support, I think
businesses have to look around them and endeavour to really work alongside the
local colleges. They’re there to help you and obviously the Department for the
Economy is keen that our businesses are really in a good place and very
competitive. We see lots of opportunities and we feel we’re very well placed to
be able to let our people grow and develop within the company and to look
for opportunities outside of Northern Ireland.

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