Workers pass with flying colours

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THE First workers to complete a tailor-made training course using facilities at the College of West Anglia’s new £5.7m technology centre have passed with flying colours.

The King’s Lynn college devised the training to meet the needs of Nestle Purina and the six who will receive certificates brings the total to around 120 workers from the Wisbech operation to benefit during 15 courses.

Now the machine operators will have their salaries enhanced, job titles changed to reflect their new skills and be considered for promotions when opportunities arise.

Nik Mitchell from the college said it was keen to work with other companies to help devise individual training linked to the different operations of firms and was pleased the first one held in the new state-of-the-art centre had been a success.

Lecturer Paul Webster said skills learned in the early part of the 20-day course were put into practice as the six were given a task to convert a conveyor for new use using a variety of skills ranging from making their own drill stands to pneumatics, maintenance and fabrication.

One of the workers said: “It has been superb. It has been learning at the right level.”

Robert Croxford, a manager for Nestle Purina which makes Felix and Winalot pet foods and employs 660 people across its six Wisbech 
sites, said the college offered a tremendous facility to help it increase the skills of its workforce which could be put to use in the company’s operations.

He praised the work of the lecturers as well as his own staff who had also benefited from working together as a team.