Powys Security Specialist Benefits from Skills Investment
Technocover financial director, Helen Duncan (5th from left), presents employees with their ILM training certificates after successful completion of leadership training funded by Skills Growth Wales.
Skills development at security specialist, Technocover, has been boosted with a second consecutive Welsh funding award for workforce training.
In the last 12 months the Welshpool company has secured an offer of £25,000 to fund up to 50% of training costs. The funding is from the Welsh Government’s Workforce Development Programme and is aimed at supporting companies that demonstrate growth and investment.
In addition, Welsh Government Support from the Skills Growth Wales Programme, part financed by the European Social Fund (ESF), allocated just over £26,000 towards the cost of training last year. This has helped ten production supervisors and office managers achieve Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) qualifications.
Technocover’s financial director, Helen Duncan, said: “As an ISO 9001 quality assured manufacturer of certified security products, we place great importance on the continual development of employees in the skills and accreditations demanded in the modern workplace.”
“These funding awards make a vital contribution to our training programme which aims to enhance employees’ competence and confidence in a security critical business while supporting their personal development.”
The company marked its latest training milestone when successful employees were presented with Level 3 certificates in ILM Leadership and Management.
Ben Quain of the training provider, Awbery Management Centre, said: “We were proud to work with Technocover and are delighted to see so many of the team gain their ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management – a fully deserved achievement.”
Technocover currently employs a workforce of over 150 in the specialist design, manufacture and installation of third party approved high security doors, access covers, cabinets, enclosures and associated physical protection.
Part of Ensor Holdings plc, the company undertakes work primarily for clients in critical national infrastructure, ranging from water, power, transport and telecommunications projects to public sector, government and MOD sites.
One of Welshpool’s largest employers, it has taken on 11 new personnel this year including two university students on ‘year in industry’ placements and two apprentices.
Technocover’s managing director, Michael Miles, said: “We are seeing increased demand within security critical sectors for our third party approved security equipment and exacting standards of service.
“This success can only be achieved and sustained by a highly skilled and motivated workforce, which relies, in turn, on the provision of appropriate training and continuous self-advancement, from roles in design and production to installation and logistics.”
The company’s UltraSecure products are tested and certificated for a range of security levels, including anti-terrorist, under the internationally recognised Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) approval marque. This is part of a family of industry leading standards for building system performance developed by BRE Global.
“LPCB approval is not easily gained with over 95% of products failing its performance test first time,” said Mr Miles. “The fact that we maintain one of the widest ranges of LCPB approved security equipment is testament to the quality focus and technical excellence of our employees.
“Our quality and training commitment is also crucial to the many other product and business accreditations we have.”
Site support is also a big part of the company’s success, involving the training of installers, plant operators and site personnel to relevant standards as part of its concept-to-commission ‘Total Service’.
“A diligently trained and competent workforce is the backbone to the integrity and reputation that help us clinch multi-year frameworks and asset security contracts with major water, energy, transport, industrial and commercial clients,” says Mr Miles.
“On-going investment in personnel skills and leadership development across all areas of the business plays a major role in this.”
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