Preparing To Shape Up For 2017
With record breaking sales for much of this calendar year, leading arching and shaped frame specialist, Universal Arches, have already set their eyes on a 2017 training and recruitment plan, as they look to continue their pattern of strong growth.
The skills required to make a specialist shaped frame to the standards set by Universal Arches are considerable and more akin to those found in the joinery sector, with each frame manufactured by hand and on a working bench. It takes around 12 months to fully train a production operative and for the last three years the company has gone to their local job centre in St Helens each January, eager to find a number of new recruits.
January 2017 will be no different, as they look for a further six production operatives to put in place, as the personnel resources required for anticipated future growth. Standard PVCu frame manufacturing is far more capital intensive with the adoption of quad welders and sophisticated cutting and machining centres and a far cry from the methodologies used at Universal Arches, which is carried out within their ISO 9001:2008 remit.
Recruitment and training are run in tandem at Universal Arches, with staff encouraged to further their on the job training, both on the shop floor and within the office environment. With an incredible level of employee retention, it’s also a strategy that is proving highly beneficial to the business and their customer base, which can be counted in the thousands.
Leon Day, managing director of Universal Arches commented: ‘Staff are critical in this business, given the nature of the products we manufacture. So not only do we have to carefully train them, but we must retain a corporate environment that makes them want to stay with us for the long-term.
He continues: ‘We’ve been experiencing strong growth for a number of years now and our prospects and those of the arching and shaped frame sector, look strong into the medium-term.’
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