EMPLOYEES at Wellington bedmakers Relyon were the first in the country to successfully complete a new training scheme aimed at introducing workers to the fundamentals of ‘lean’ techniques in manufacturing.

The training, which will now be rolled out across the UK, is designed to prepare learners before they begin training for the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) for Business Improvement Techniques (B-IT) Level 2.

The 12 participants from Relyon completed a four-week course in partnership with the Learning and Skills Council.

They were presented with their certificates by Managing Director Chris Tattersall at the company’s factory. The new training provides a good understanding of the fundamentals of lean manufacturing, such as workplace organisation, as well as ‘skills for life’ tools.

Gary Schultz, Business Improvement Manager at Relyon, said: “At Relyon we believe that a period of economic uncertainty is the perfect time to invest in the skills of our employees - that this will help us to progress as a business and ensure that our competitors cannot steal a march on us.

“We are so impressed with the results that we are putting six of the course participants straight onto the NVQ Level 2 and hope others will follow.”