Funding through Skills Support for Redundancy, has supported employees at the Muller site in Foston as it closes. 125 individuals have been supported by the programme with a focus on their employability skills and to reaffirm the skillsets that they have through bespoke training packages.
On 26th June 2019, Muller (Milk & Ingredients) announced the closure of its Foston, Derbyshire site. The site manufactures and distributes milk to supermarkets. 50 of the 210 FTE's transferred to other Muller sites. The Department for Work & Pensions, directed Muller to Serco who deliver the Skills Support for the Workforce/Redundancy programme. Siamo training, is part of Serco’s network of expert organisations chosen to deliver the programme in the D2N2 area, where chosen to support Muller under SSR.
Staff gained a certifications in a range of a training topics, including; employability, manufacturing skills and business management.
Due to the challenging situation, Muller and Siamo Training (SSW/R) looked to create training programmes that educated and armed staff in the current marketplace and how they were to adapt. This, coupled with competency based learning, moved onto honing and growing skillsets which ensured not only increased participant engagement, but also a passionate learner.
We didn't know how to help our staff and at a time that morale in the business was becoming very challenging, the trainig supplied by Siamo Training allowed workers to become more engaged as they discussed their role and their importance within the business. Adding to this, the new learning [SSW] supplied was a fantastic inclusion and made for an easier last few weeks.
The work completed by Siamo Training has been raised to a high level in the business and appreciation has cascaded down. We are now in communications to see how we can be further supported in other training areas including Apprenticeships.