Family run business will be able to forge ahead with ambitious growth plans thanks to fully funded training for engineers

The Challenge

Established in 1989 SDG Access Ltd is a family run business with a number of divisions, each offering tailored solutions within their specialist fields. It is a supplier of bespoke high quality roller shutter and sectional doors, fire exits and high security personnel doors, high speed and insulated doors, barriers and automatic gates and aluminium automatic entrance door and shopfront systems.

The company, at Navenby, Lincolnshire supplies, installs and repairs industrial doors, security solutions and automatic door systems.

Engineers are trained to a high standard to ensure SDG continues to offer the high quality service expected by customers. However, finding training tailored to meet the company’s specific needs can be a challenge.

The Solution

The Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) project offers fully funded training designed to help SMEs fill skill gaps, raise productivity and boost business growth. In fact, almost £6 million is now available for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Greater Lincolnshire for training.

It is co-financed through the European Union’s European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency and is available for SMEs seeking non-compulsory work-based training to support their business growth plan.

Research has found that employees that undertake non-compulsory work-related training do their jobs better and are more satisfied with their work but a lack of time and possible costs can act as barriers to accessing training. The Skills Support for the Workforce project is designed to address these challenges.

Fully Funded Training

Simon Farrar, Director at SDG Access Ltd, has been impressed by the training offered through SSW and delivered by Essential Site Skills. He said: “In order to meet our ambitious growth plans for the next 12 months it was important that we took the steps as a business to ensure all of our engineers and trainees alike are highly qualified, motivated and multi-skilled engineers able to offer the high quality service on which we pride ourselves.

“SDG has found Essential Site Skills, and Natalie in particular, very helpful and understanding of our needs as a growing business. We will definitely be using their services again in the future. We received a tailored fully funded innovative selection of qualifications for our engineers that met our individual business needs,” continued Simon.

Engineers have been taking NVQs, which have been very beneficial, as Simon explained: “SDG is a forward thinking company that places staff training high on the agenda. The training has had a direct impact on business growth and a positive effect on staff morale with increased feelings of worth. This demonstrates our commitment to them and their futures within our business growth plans.”

Ebrahim Dockrat, Director of Calderdale College, prime contractor for the project highlighted the SSW benefits: “We offer a range of flexible, bespoke training plans designed to help your business grow. By training your staff you can improve your ability to adapt to a rapidly changing business environment, nurture a leadership team for the future and make you an employer of choice for emerging talent.

“As this training is funded with European money this is the last project of its kind,” added Mr Dockrat. “This funding is only available until July 2018 and so it’s a case of get it whilst you still can.”

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