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Over 350 Cooper Lighting and Safety employees set their sights on NVQs

The first 60 successful NVQ candidates at Cooper Lighting and Safety are joined by Managing Director, Martin Mullin, and assessors from Kingsway Consulting.
Jul 05, 2011

Cooper Lighting and Safety, a business unit of Cooper Safety, has given the majority of the workforce at its Wheatley Hall Road factory the opportunity to gain Level 2 National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs). The first group of 60 successful candidates have been presented with their certificates, and the remaining 290 are expected to complete their qualifications by September.

To accomplish such an extensive learning programme, Cooper Lighting and Safety worked closely with local training provider Kingsway Consulting Ltd, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of North Lindsey College in Scunthorpe. A dozen Kingsway assessors have been frequent visitors to the Cooper facility to observe candidates performing their duties and to provide any necessary guidance.

Commenting on the NVQ initiative, Martin Mullin, Managing Director of Cooper Lighting and Safety, said: “We have an excellent workforce, and their success in the NVQ programme demonstrates their desire to achieve the highest possible standards.”

In consultation with the assessors, employees choose NVQ subjects that are particularly relevant to their areas of work, such as Performing Manufacturing Operations, Warehouse and Distribution, Customer Service, Business Administration and Team Leadership. All the qualifications are designed to develop candidates’ knowledge and skills and to demonstrate that they are working in line with national standards. As assessments are carried out in the workplace, disruption and lost time are kept to a minimum.

Martin Mullin again: “This will allow our employees to improve their skills base and add to their qualifications. We are delighted to have given them that opportunity and hope they are very proud of their achievement.”