A group of 15 workers from a Motherwell firm were recognised for their excellence in a special ceremony last week.
Workers at Walker Profiles in Range Road were recognised with three different SVQ qualifications presented by Motherwell and Wishaw MP Frank Roy.
The awards represented the end of the first phase of a training and investment programme for all staff at the uPVC windows and doors company which resulted in a 100 per cent rate of those trying to attain the industry recognised qualifications.
The aim is to ensure the Walker Profiles team is among the most highly skilled in the industry whilst also ensuring the business can meet fresh challenges and adapt to economic change.
The firm has been working on the project in conjunction with Union of Construction Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT), Investors in People, Skills Development Scotland and Scottish Union Learning,
Managing director Jim Gibson said: “We are all extremely proud of the team of 15 workers who have become the first to complete their SVQ training courses.
“The company serves a wide client base of housing associations, local authorities and national house-builders throughout Scotland.
“We are committed to maintaining our high standards of knowledge and expertise as this is, we believe, what sets us apart from our competitors. Investment in our team reflects how delivering customer excellence is at the heart of everything we do.
“This investment has not just been in our team however - over the last four years, despite challenging economic conditions Walker Profiles has invested to the tune of £250,000 to create a state-of-the art manufacturing and maintenance infrastructure to enhance the range of products and services which it can offer to its customers.”
Zach Keary, from Motherwell who was the recipient of an SVQ Level two and three in Business and Administration said: “I am really proud of myself in achieving these qualifications and delighted Walker Profiles supported me in being able to achieve them.”
In addition to the extensive training programme, Walker Profiles has demonstrated its commitment to creating local job opportunities by recruiting three young trainees with the assistance of North Lanarkshire Council, all of whom have now been awarded full-time contracts. This is an extension of the company’s long-term commitment to working with the council.