Top of the Heap in Up-Skilling Staff
20 January 2009, News release from Environmental Monitoring Solutions Limited
Environmental Monitoring Solutions Ltd (EMS) secured 100% funding for 14 Vital Earth staff to undertake a Level 2 NVQ in Environmental Conservation (Community Recycling).
VITAL EARTH is a state of the art, multi-million pound purpose built
composting facility in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, endorsed by the John Innes
The £8m site at Ashbourne is the largest and most advanced in-vessel composting site in the UK. Vital Earth is fully committed to producing exceptional quality peat and chemical free compost products from recovered / reclaimed waste.
Vita Earth turns 'green' & 'kitchen' waste (collected by kerbside recycling collection schemes and local authority recycling centres) in into a variety of environmentally friendly compost products. Together with a sister site near Market Drayton, Vital Earth can process over 70,000 tonnes per year of biodegradable waste otherwise destined for landfill.
Vital Earth's commitment to generating a quality product means that they invest in their staff too. They understand that a fully trained and competent workforce is key to business performance and that staff training and development is vital for their overall commercial success.
Peter Spink, (NVQ assessor at EMS), lead the NVQ training at the plant. He told us:
"In order for Vital Earth to achieve the best from the NVQ, the EMS team tailored the training to composting operations and developed training tools based upon existing site processes & procedures and on the PAS100 accreditation & EA Quality Protocol for compost. This enables the Vital Earth staff to get the best out of the course for their own personal development and apply it directly to their roles on site".
Commenting on the NVQ, John Wakefield (Technical Director at Vital Earth) said:
"I am left in no doubt that all of the staff that undertook the NVQ have benefited both personally and professionally. Tasks of each individual can now been seen as an essential part of the process and each task is as important and valuable as the next one. This has instilled a greater pride in their work, in themselves and are visibly more confident in tackling their duties. This is most visible in the change in our overseas workers that have achieved a valuable qualification to enable them to progress their careers and thrive in their new home.
The NVQ assessor from EMS made everyone feel comfortable helped make the tasks involved in achieving the NVQ an enjoyable experience ."
Vince Ball (Site Manager at Vital Earth) stated:
"Since the NVQ tuition operators have shown a greater understanding in their tasks not only in how to carry them out but why they are. This has greatly improved their problem solving and have gained sufficient confidence for them to use their own initiative without referring to their supervisors. Our overseas operators ask more questions and recognise their value as part of a team of people all working together to achieve the same goal ."
Feedback comments from Vital Earth personnel who completed the NVQ include:
For more information on the funded NVQs and further training opportunities with EMS please call 01246 418913 or e-mail email@example.com
For further information please email Environmental Monitoring Solutions Limited