Somerset College present a plaque to Framptons

Local business recognised by College for their training standard

Local employers that use Somerset College to train their employees are being given a plaque to show that their staff are being trained to the highest industry standard.

Food processor Framptons Ltd in Shepton Mallet has received a plaque from the College to mark 11 employees completing NVQs in Food Manufacture and a mentoring service to improve management skills. Nine further employees are currently studying for NVQs and management training, with seven more due to start in January.

Julie Yates, Business Development Officer at Somerset College, said: "The idea of the Plaque is to illustrate that the employer is working with the college to improve training for their work force.

"The employers really like the idea of the plaque and feel it adds value internally and externally knowing they are delivering the right training to the workforce."

Employees study for the NVQ courses in the workplace and are tested by a network of Work Based Learning examiners from the College.

Will Martin, Operations Director at Framptons Ltd, said: "We are very committed to training our staff, and the work we have carried out with Somerset College has been an important part of that training. We hope to continue to work with the College in the future, and look forward to seeing more of our staff complete further qualifications."

Shift leaders at the leading food service company have received team leader training, and a mentoring service from Somerset College that has improved their management skills.

Framptons' employee Sheila Palmer, who recently completed an NVQ in Food Manufacture said her new qualification will open up further opportunities in her career.

"It is a fantastic personal achievement and has definitely made me more aware of best practices in the work place. It was also a great boost to my self esteem.

"We were taught lots of general skills for working in a food manufacturing plant, including hygiene and health and safety, and our tutor was really helpful," she said.

The College are also starting a supervisory development course with Framptons' staff.

For more information on training courses from Somerset College visit www.somerset.ac.uk, alternatively contact the Business Development Officers on (01823) 366 555, or email enquiries@somerset.ac.uk.