Five members of staff at one of the industry’s leading glass processors, Float Glass Industries, have just been awarded the NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Management. Dawn Offland, the company’s joint managing director said, “Congratulations to Wayne Byrne, Mark Wadsworth, Simon Sharples, Paul Malone and Trevor Hadfield for all their hard work. Undertaking further education as well as working full time is a big commitment and we appreciate your dedication and success.”
Dawn is clear why investing in staff development is so important for the company. “People are at the heart of our business. By helping members of our team to develop their skills we’re bringing quality to our business and ultimately adding value to our customers’ businesses. The NVQ scheme is part of a series of wide ranging training programmes aimed at continually improving our employees’ skills and understanding of their individual contribution to quality standards.
NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Management is a diverse qualification that looks at key business areas including strategy, processes, leadership, risk management, technology, marketing, tendering, managing budgets, project management and customer service operations. Employees are able to choose specific modules which best suit their personal development programme and role within the company.
As a further indication of the quality of the Float Glass team, Simon Sharples has been announced as the winner of the Higher Apprentice of the Year award. He will be presented with his award at a ceremony at Rochdale Town Hall in September. Dawn says, “Particular congratulations must go to Simon. We are very impressed with his achievement.”
Alongside its ongoing investment in people, Float Glass Industries is also renowned for its continual investment in technology to ensure its products remain at the cutting edge of quality. It has recently completed a £2 million re-investment programme which has seen it commission several UK industry machinery firsts.
As well as processed glass, Float Glass Industries’ business covers glass merchanting through its FGI MERCHANTING division and high performance double glazing, insulated spandrels and structural glazing through EVERSEAL IG. Across all divisions the overwhelming emphasis is on providing a quality product and service. Its investment in its people is just part of this.