Vista Group Plc is one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of PVC door panels and GRP composite doors. Its factory on the Wirral produces in excess of 110,000 panels per year and composite door production has been steadily increasing to cope with growing demand from the social housing sector.
Vista’s MD Keith Sadler said: “We have been working on a KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) with Liverpool John Moores University for the past 18 months, in order to implement lean manufacturing techniques into the business. As part of this process we needed to change the culture of the company. Investing in our staff by offering NVQ’s in Business Improvement Techniques is an ideal way to change the mind set and make sure that the improvements to our business are long term.”
Twelve employees from various departments including administration, accounts, production and despatch will commence NVQ’s up to level 2 in Business Improvement Techniques.
Their training will cover organisational skills, visual management, statutory regulation, team building and work flows. The training will run over 12 months and will mostly be based at Vista but there will be some off site training involved. It is envisaged that upon achieving their NVQ level 2 in business improvement techniques, they will then enrol on further courses.
“Training has always been important to Vista,” said Keith Sadler, “but even more so in the current economic climate. Competitors are slashing prices to try and fill production runs but at Vista we feel we can increase the quality and profitability of the company by looking at the way we do things. During our KTP we have already increased throughput by 78%, lead times were reduced by 66%, the production area was reduced by 42% and we saw an increase in quality and reduction of inventory. We have a great team at Vista and I believe that our business will be improved by the people who know it best.”