Training partnership delivers more than £1.4m to East Midlands business

FOUR East Midlands companies have managed to save more than £1.4million while improving their business processes thanks to being brought together for a training programme.

Semta, the UK’s sector skills council for science, engineering and manufacturing engaged local training provider Capella to join forces to deliver the Six Sigma Green Belt Programme – designed to help firms analyse data and processes to improve efficiency and quality of performance.

Companies which took part along with Walsall College were Sutton in Ashfield-based Midland Aerospace, Flybrid Systems of Silverstone Technology Park in Northampton, Benteler Automotive from Corby and Bulwell Precision Engineers in Pinxton, Nottinghamshire, which hosted the programme.

Malcolm Healey, business partner of Semta in the East Midlands said: “Clustering the training in this way means it is geographically and most importantly financially accessible to firms who might ordinarily not feel able to participate.

“We identified a need within the sector and sourced a solution which was appropriate locally – making it demand rather than supply led. It is about improving processes and compliments lean practices and continuous improvement all of which are vital if we are to remain competitive globally.”

Kate Smith, managing director of Capella, developed a model with Warwick University including provision of training, workshops, coaching support, improvement programmes and engagement with senior management teams.

“It is about sharing best practice and working smarter,” said Kate. “There is an awful lot to be gained in working across sectors.

“The feedback has been very positive. The programme leads to a massive increase in skills and confidence of key people which they can apply to their everyday jobs while producing cost savings and improvements in key business processes for the firms.”

So far, the companies have identified savings of £1.44m between them.

The next East Midlands course is due to begin in September. For more details please contact Semta Customer Services on 0845 643 9001 or via email