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Training and Development Case Study


Able Engineering 

Established in 1979, Able Engineering has been manufacturing stainless steel and alloy fabrications for over 30 years, providing many blue chip customers with quality service and craftsmanship. Operating from a purpose built factory in Central England, Able Engineering offers a full design, manufacture and installation service, including for the last five years, full turn-key solutions.The company employs 46 members of staff, over half of whom are time-served skilled tradesmen. ECITB has a very good working relationship with Able Engineering. In 2015 the company has trained employees through the Skills and Technical and Regional Discretionary Grant programmes and also plans to take on two welding apprentices. Able Engineering plays an active role in the ECITB’s Midlands Region SME and Water Forum.

Able Engineering has a diverse scope of training requirements, covering a vast range of skills, practical training, job specific training, industry driven training and of course our Apprentices and Degree Students.

Chris Griffin Procurement Manager for Able Engineering explains that working with the ECITB has helped the company to maintain its high standards in training, enabling them through the grant scheme to undertake more training than it would normally consider. The Account Management approach has also been helpful.

Chris explains:

“As a member of the ECITB we have regular meetings with Alan Edmunds, our Account Manager. These meetings allow us to discuss and develop our training plans and goals and stay on track with our requirements. We also make use of the match funding available to support our plans and help with costs. Doing this ensures continual on-going improvement of our employees.”

The ECITB also supports Able Engineering’s apprentices and our degree students and has helped the company find suitable candidates for apprenticeships.

Alan Edmunds, Account Manager for Able Engineering said:

“Since setting up the training plan at the start of the year I have met with Able Engineering’s team on a regular basis to ensure its training needs are current and up to date. This has worked well in that it keeps training as a regular topic of conversation in a small company, which does not have dedicated Learning & Development personnel.”

Able Case Study

Alan Edmunds and Gary Woodward at the signing of the ECITB Skills Charter