Staff training contributes to 20% energy reduction on site

The challenge The UK's largest commercial cleaning equipment manufacturer and producer of the iconic Henry vacuum, Numatic International Ltd, was faced with a challenge. The business wanted to ensure its staff were doing their part to help the company achieve its long-term energy reduction goals. But how could it do this? To evaluate the best approaches to tackling this, Numatic teamed up with energy consultancy firm JRP Solutions.


Staff training contributes to 20% energy reduction on site
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E-learning to raise energy awareness

Energy awareness training for Numatic’s workforce was provided using JRP’s e-learning programme.

The e-learning programme is designed to help participants understand what energy is, how the use of energy impacts their environment, and how they can use less energy both at work and home. It’s made up of six modules – each with videos, graphics and questions to support learning.

E-learning modules:

1.      Introduction. What the programme is all about, how it is structured and how it works.

2.      Energy: The big picture. What energy is, where it comes from and why carbon emissions are so damaging to the planet.

3.      Energy at home. How to use less energy and save more money at home.

4.      Energy at work. How to use less energy and save more money at work.

5.      Measuring energy. Why it is so important to measure and monitor how much energy is used.

6.      Energy summit. A summary of all the key programme learnings.

The e-learning programme was delivered to seventy Numatic employees over a period of six months. The programme itself took one hour to complete, and staff could stop and return to it later if they chose.

Changing behaviours after a few clicks?

Based on an assessment of the programme materials, each Numatic employee was scored and received a “pass” or “fail”. Out of 70 staff members, 67 received “pass” certificates.

“The feedback from the staff who undertook the training was very positive indeed and there was no negative response.” Andrew Smith, Property and Energy Manager, Numatic International.


The programme received an average rating of nine out of 10 by Numatic employees. Quality, ease of use and usefulness were all measured as part of this. The survey showed that delegates strongly believed that they would use what they had learnt to save money at work and home.

The energy e-learning programme was effective in engaging Numatic’s staff in the organisation’s energy reduction strategy. It contributed towards reducing Numatic’s energy consumption by 20%, equivalent to £300,000 in savings, over a 12-month period.

“We have achieved over 20% energy savings over the last 12 months and no doubt the training was a contributing factor towards this,” says Andrew.


In addition to actual energy savings achieved, delivery of the e-learning programme provided the following additional benefits:

·        Spread the responsibility and ownership of energy reduction throughout the organisation

·        Promoted general employee engagement

·        Sent a message to all stakeholders within the organisation that there is a significant commitment to saving energy and that the organisation is environmentally and socially responsible

“I am sure that people are much more energy aware than they were before the training and I would recommend anyone who hasn’t done this sort of training to seriously consider it,” says Andrew.

For more information about the e-learning programme, contact george.richards@jrpsolutions.com 


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