Training support helps out furniture company

Ingeus skills broker Caroline Whitmore, along with Steve Fawkes, Harry Mockett and Betty Mahan from George Smith Ltd'.
Ingeus skills broker Caroline Whitmore, along with Steve Fawkes, Harry Mockett and Betty Mahan from George Smith Ltd'.

A European-funded training programme being delivered by a south east Northumberland skills provider is bringing real benefits to the region’s businesses.

Cramlington-based premium furniture manufacturing business George Smith Ltd, has just completed a bespoke ‘Skills Support for the Workforce’ (SSW) training package aimed at further enhancing their skills and abilities.

Endorsed by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and delivered by skills provider Ingeus, the programme includes a broad range of topics such as management control, conflict management and reporting structures and is aimed at companies, like George Smith, which employ fewer than 250 people.

George Smith’s HR manager Betty Mahan said: “It is our aim to ensure all members of our senior management team have full confidence in the decisions they make.

“We spent considerable time researching the training opportunities that are available and the SSW programme was a perfect fit for us.

“It was designed by Ingeus around our business and so was a perfect match for our needs.”

Two of those who participated in the training were project planner Steve Fawkes and Harry Mockett, who heads production at the company’s wood mill on the Nelson Park Industrial Estate.

Steve said: “I have completed training courses before, but this time I made real progress.

“I benefitted by taking a step back from my everyday job and gaining a greater understanding of my team and how we do our job, and the impact we have on the rest of the company.”

The funding for SSW is secure until the middle of next year, and local businesses are urged to enrol before March.