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A Hull-based manufacturer has utilised a new funding programme to help improve and develop the skills set of its workforce.

Daifuku Logan, a world leader in the design and development of baggage handling and screening systems for airports around the world, has taken advantage of a new training subsidy to up-skill individuals to make them more employable and the business more competitive.

The funding is part of the Employment and Skills Development strand of the Green Port Growth Programme (GPGP), which is supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and has been created to establish East Yorkshire as a world-class centre for renewable energy. The subsidy aims to support the up-skilling of 1,000 people in the renewables and engineering sectors to Levels 3, 4 or 5.

This training funding has proved to be very popular and, to date, around 200 subsidies have been paid covering a wide range of skills packages.

Ian Buffey, Senior Operations Manager at Daifuku Logan, said:

“Training and development is central to our business strategy and is seen as a major contributing factor to our success, with many of our business achievements made possible through the employment of young, local people. Their talent has been recognised and developed through our training programmes, encompassing both apprentice training and up-skilling.

“The funding support for apprenticeship frameworks and more advanced training provided by the Green Port Growth Programme has been hugely beneficial and the application process was refreshingly simple, so didn’t become counterproductive as some funding claims can be. The support we received has been excellent and due to the funding, we were able to increase our apprentice intake significantly.”

The company has used GPGP employment and skills strand funding to support their staff to achieve the following goals: MSc Mechanical Engineering; Post Graduate Project Management; BSc Engineering Management; Foundation Degree Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Foundation Degree Mechanical Engineering; and University of Hull’s Open Leadership Development Programme.

GPGP’s Skills and Development Strand Lead Bob Ferraby explains:

“When talking to businesses, we found that investment in training is often put on the backburner. This is why we thought it would be beneficial to employers to provide some support. With the Up-skilling Subsidy, funding would be provided to employers to cover 50 per cent of the costs of training and they would be free to use the training provider of their choice.”

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