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A Clearer Brighter Future for Windowstyle

Windowstyle UK Ltd, the manufacturing arm of the Style Group UK, the independent retailer and producer of double glazing windows and doors, has launched a new training and development programme for employees at all levels of the organisation from Managing Director down.

The specialist programme follows a recent 500,000 investment in new plant at the Wombwell facility and the arrival of a £2m state of the art glass toughening machine, which has lead to a significant increase in new jobs.

The Windowstyle operation, which covers more than 18 acres with factory units over 121,000 square feet in total, is now the area's largest single employer with over 600 members of staff and the capability to produce 6,000 frames and 15,000 double glazed sealed units per week.

Directors, senior managers and managers will study two separate but aligned and co-ordinated management development schemes with modules that include managing their own development, strategic thinking, leading a business and people, coaching skills and team working.

There has also been a 300,000 investment in a cutting and machining centre, which is a similar size to half a football pitch and ensures the manufacturing process is more time-efficient whilst dramatically improving the quality and efficiency of products. In the past frames have been cut individually and then extra holes for such as hinges and handles added separately. The new machinery enables both jobs to be done at the same time.

For foremen and supervisors there is the opportunity to learn 'bullet proof management' skills to the NVQ level 3 or 4 covering communications (listening and speaking) and performance management, customer service, change management, planning and goal setting, motivating and coaching others, negotiating, recruitment and stress management.

More than 80 window fabricators will be offered NVQ Level 2 opportunities in glass processing and glass support fabrications with many more to follow and office staff will begin appropriate courses for qualifications by the end of March this year.

Nick Lilburn commented: 'We have recently invested heavily at Windowstyle to create a leaner, more efficient operation, which is essential if we are to remain competitive - we either change the machinery or the way we operate or we lose overall efficiencies.

'Safestyle, the Style Group's retail subsidiary continues to grow impressively and consequently our organisation has to be able to develop quickly and flexibly. The quality of our staff is our biggest asset and the new training programmes are crucial if we are going to continue to raise our production standards and improve quality, volume and service levels for our customers.'

Pictured, Managing Director of Windowstyle Nick Lilburn having introduced new training schemes across the board, checks out the quality finish of the latest Windowstyle frames.

18 March 2007

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