Enhancing skills through the Gold Standard at Willam Blythe Ltd

William Blythe Ltd is a leader in inorganic chemistry supplying a specialist range of products for use in advanced applications around the world. Its chemical manufacturing site in Accrington is increasingly reliant upon its skills base, to stay ahead of global competition, while operating in the UK/ EU’s tightly regulated industrial environment.

As a top tier COMAH site, William Blythe is highly regulated and as part of regular audits the company must demonstrate competence. This requirement and an ambition to become a sector recognised world class facility, led to a site wide training needs analysis in December 2010. This was originally led by Operations Director, Roy Pickthall. Roy has recently moved to another of the organisation’s sites in Malaysia and the project is now being led by Graham Smith, Operations Manager.

As part of this ambition, William Blythe committed to the Gold Standard, a national framework for continuing professional development (CPD) in the process industries. The company now have with their logo prominently displayed on the Gold Standard roll of honour.

The Gold Standard framework provides guidance on key competencies, qualifications and training required for specific job roles in the process industries. For William Blythe, this provided a clear route for raising skill levels across the business and an ability to demonstrate competence during an audit.

The project was initially envisaged as a three year programme, is now into its second year, and the benefits are already ‘crystal clear’ according to Roy Pickthall. William Blythe measures a range of data and the impact on customer requirements; percentage quality improvement, waste reduction, reliability and material yield – and all show measureable improvement. Currently there are 54 learners working towards a range of business improvement, production support, process operations, engineering and laboratory qualifications.

BIT by BIT Consultancy Ltd, a leading specialist within the process sector and a member of the National Skills Academy Process Industries provider network is delivering the Gold Standard training.

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The Gold Standard has been developed for Industry by Industry as a national framework for continuing professional development (CPD) in the process industries. For more information on the Gold Standard please contact one of our team on 0845 607 0140 or email industry@process.nsacademy.co.uk
Enhancing skills through the Gold Standard at Willam Blythe Ltd

Barry Edwards from BIT by BIT said:

"The fundamental success of this programme is based on the bespoke, underpinning knowledge workshops which form the foundation of each individuals’ learning and development. By working with Roy to detail the key learning areas, we have been able to develop a package which links perfectly to the Gold Standard framework and supports the assessment towards nationally recognised qualifications."
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