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April 26th, 2011

Manufacturer celebrates first step in team’s training achievements

A total of 42 employees at Industrial Tube Manufacturing were recently awarded their Level 1 Occupational Health and Safety national certificates at a graduation ceremony organised by and hosted at the company’s Hamilton site. Local National MP, Tim Macindoe, was there to present each employee with their certificates at a ceremony that celebrated the team’s first-step achievement in their company-wide skills training plan. Since their employees completed the workplace health and safety training over 3 months ago, the company has not experienced a single loss-time injury (LTI) – a result that ‘speaks for itself’ according to training manager, Ian Foster. “That’s a really significant achievement showing just how well we’ve all taken to the training and applied it to our everyday work,” says Ian. Industrial Tube’s culture is centered on a commitment to every team members’ professional and personal development, and the benefits of the skills training they’re engaged in at every level of the business is already evident. Three supervisors also completed their Level 3 OSH national certificates late last year to help drive ongoing workplace health and safety initiatives. In addition, most of the graduates are now halfway through the next step up in their training, working toward their Level 2 National Certificate in Manufacturing Core Skills. “Everyone has embraced the training, from our longest-serving employee through to our newer team members, and it’s the first qualification many have achieved since leaving high school,” says the company’s factory manager, Trevor Collins. “There’s a noticeable difference in our team’s confidence; more people are now more eager to voice their own ideas on how to improve their work and our business processes.” The management team has been working closely with Competenz account manager, John Crombie, to plan and roll-out a training ‘pathway’ that will gradually boost both the skill capabilities of their people and business outcomes for the company. “The management team here is really driven to see every employee and their business succeed through ongoing skills training,” says John. “With the support and passion of guys like Ian, Trevor, and Dean, along with the business owners, they’ve achieved 100% buy-in to their training philosophy, and a 100% completion rate by employees who were signed up for the OSH training. “The results to date bode well for continued business improvements and a happy, more highly-skilled team.” Ian, Trevor, and the company’s group manager Dean Pennell agree along with their colleagues that it’s upskilling and getting their team qualified that’s the key to their success. “The whole team knows we value their contribution, and because they’re gaining nationally-recognised qualifications relevant to this industry the training is win-win for everyone concerned,” says Dean. Industrial Tube Manufacturing Co Ltd manufactures steel tubing to supply engineering businesses across the country and to Australia, including agricultural beam for New Zealand’s horticultural industry. Pictured above - the team at Industrial Tube Manufacturing Co Ltd proudly display their Level OSH certificates. Employees at all level of the business completed the qualification as a 'first step' in a graduated training plan to upskill all staff.