The Wyndeham Press Group has become the first print company to put forward a team of its staff to take part in the BPIF's new Government-funded management training programme.
Last month the BPIF won a £1.1m Government grant to provide management training for 200 print industry professionals.
The Employer Ownership Pilot, which is jointly funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education, is designed to help businesses develop and improve the skills among their management teams to help them drive growth and deal with the changing business environment.
Due to start in January 2013 the BPIF programme will consist of sixteen different workshops repeated six times at different locations over two years. Participation in the scheme will lead to the Institute of Leadership and Management NVQ level 5 management qualification.
Although the programme is still undergoing due diligence, with a course brochure due to be released within the next few weeks, the Wyndeham group has already committed at least 22 of its staff to take part.
Seven will take part at the group’s Roche site, seven from its Heron plant, four from Southernprint and another four will come from the group’s Peterborough site.
Wyndeham’s HR director Miranda Hayward said: "This is about improving skills and ensuring that our managers are equipped with the skills they need to help drive their businesses forward."
Hayward said the company wanted to focus on five main areas of training including: change management, performance improvement, general leadership, time management and decision making.
"We have gone through some major restructuring over the last few years and much as we have the ability to do a lot internally, there is also a lot a lot to be gained from someone external coming in and equipping them with qualifications."
Although the majority of Wyndeham particpants would carry out the whole NVQ level five qualification, Hayward said the company was open to some of its staff "brushing up on skills" by opting in to just one or two modules.
BPIF CEO Kathy Woodward said: "We want to make this employer led so that they can tailor it to suit their own specific requirements."Tweet
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