CIA gold standard award received for investment in our workforce

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A company’s people are its biggest asset which means that on-going investment in skills and training is essential.  We are delighted to have been presented with the Chemical Industry Association (CIA) Gold Standard Skills Award in recognition of our work in this area.  The award is presented to the employer who has done the most to contribute to the acquisition of skills by the workforce.

The Cassel site, which produces methacrylates for the EMEA region, is immensely proud of its overarching approach to job competence, career development and a high performance culture.  Over a number of years, a dedicated team have worked closely with employees to develop skills matrices, competencies, standards and behaviours, training and succession programmes, graduate development frameworks and much more.

One of our focusses is to develop our people across functional and technical areas to enhance their expertise, maximise their contribution to the business and provide flexible career routes to retain talent within the business.  For example we equip Electrical Technicians with instrumentation skills and facilitate the movement of Engineers into commercial roles.

Effective communication is paramount in any role however in the chemical industry, where safety is our number one priority, then it becomes even more critical.  We have invested in specific activities around ‘having honest conversations’ in recognition that we all need to provide effective and honest feedback to those that work with us in order to continuously improve and release the potential of all employees.

Another area of attention has been Line of Fire training.  The most significant and frequent safety incidents are most likely to involves ‘line of fire’ issues, where an unexpected release of energy has resulted in injury to a body part which was (inadvertently) in the way.  Our established training programme has touched every member of the manufacturing team (permanent and temporary) over the last 12 months.

We have shared previously about the great success the site has been having with apprentices and are now actively participating in the Science Industry Partnership ‘Trailblazers’ Group which is creating the new apprenticeship standard for the Manufacturing Technician.

The Cassel site is the largest methacrylates production site in the Mitsubishi Rayon Lucite Group and we are committed to investing in its long term flexibility and sustainability.  Find out more about some of the people in our business here.

Image: BBC Presenter and UK celebrity Steph McGovern presents to the CIA Gold Standard Skills Award to Faith Hambley of Lucite International.

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