Sussex-based manufacturing firm Parafix has demonstrated its commitment to staff training by helping half its UK workforce to gain NVQ certificates.
In total, 26 employees at the firm’s Lancing factory have successfully gained NVQ qualifications in Business Improvement Techniques since 2009 despite a cut in Government funding for NVQ programmes.
Parafix is a UK leader in the adhesive tape industry, converting and cutting filmic tape to incredibly accurate specifications for use in sectors such as electronics, healthcare and engineering.
On average, it is possible that consumers touch a device containing a Parafix product 30 times a day, ranging from mobile phones to cars and computers. The firm promotes the use of adhesive tape as a cheaper and more efficient bonding method than traditional methods such as pop rivets.
Despite a serious downturn in orders during the recession, Managing Director Mike Punter believes the company’s investment in staff training helped the organisation survive.
He said: “I am a firm believer that by investing in our employees and helping them gain new skills, we have been able to stay ahead of the competition and ultimately survive what has been a very challenging period for all UK manufacturers.”
“It is wonderful to see so many of our staff gain NVQ qualifications, both for their personal development and engagement and for the continuous improvement of the company. Many of our core processes are now delivered faster and more efficiently.”
Parafix staff spoke of their satisfaction at gaining NVQs. Ashley Tweed, who works in the firm’s research and development department, joined Parafix as a school leaver. His Level 3 NVQ has enabled him to improve a number of key processes to deliver better efficiencies. He said: “Being able to add to my skills through training makes me feel very valued and certainly helped my career development. I never thought I would get this far.”
Shaun Packham, who is supervisor of the rotary section, said: “The training we have received has changed our mind-set and has given us more confidence. It has helped us speed up several processes and that has made the company more viable.” and Colleague Janice White who heads up finishing and despatch said: “Since gaining my NVQ I am now presenting ideas to the Senior Management Team, which feels great.”
Parafix employs around 50 people at its factory on the Lancing Business Park and also has a Central European operation based in Hungary.