BFPA’s Recruitment & Retention Training Seminar is a success

01 Mar 2017

Photo: Nigel Cullingford of Spearhead Training, Course Facilitator and Trainer

The seemingly endless reports of skills shortages in the European Engineering sector have been so extensive as to risk losing impact due to over-exposure. Since 2006, with the exception of the crash of 2008/9, the inability of companies to source, recruit and retain suitably qualified staff with the right work ethic has been the single largest obstacle to business growth in the UK and we all know the impact that such a deficit has upon the UK’s dismal productivity figures and Government initiatives seem to have done little to resolve the problem.

It takes time for new apprentices to work their way up the career ladder and there is a widely recognised dip in the availability of good quality middle managers – a void that is only widening as more-senior employees are retiring. We are pleased to report that a recent BFPA seminar on the recruitment and retention of good staff went some way to helping address this dilemma and was very well received by the BFPA members that attended.

Run in conjunction with our training partner Spearhead Training, the event took place on February 16th and was hosted by a leading BFPA member, HYDAC Technology in Witney Oxfordshire. Hydac’s Managing Director, Darren Wait, kindly concluded the day’s events with a tour of their excellent facility. Thanks go to Darren and his staff for their hospitality.

Photo: Darren Wait, Managing Director of HYDAC Technology Ltd

The training course was a result of requests made by members in the recent BFPA Membership Survey. The day’s events included an interactive classroom component followed by breakout sessions, case studies and role-playing. There was also a particularly informative and entertaining element of psychometric analysis! Without exception, the attendee feedback forms rated the event as either very good or excellent. Thanks to all concerned including course facilitator Nigel Cullingford.

If you would be interested in attending another event like this or would like to have a similar course run ‘in-house’ at your premises for other colleagues, please contact Janet Dixon at the BFPA on 01608 647900.