Sheffield engineering company upskills their leadership team thanks to Skills Bank training

Sheffield engineering company upskills their leadership team thanks to Skills Bank training

A Sheffield based engineering company has benefitted from Skills Bank support to upskill their staff and improve ways of working.

Advanced Engineering Techniques, founded in 1989, is one of the largest and fastest growing subcontract engineering companies in the North of England.

The company, based in the Holbrook Industrial Estate, applied for funding to deliver bespoke leadership training.

14 Team Leaders/ supervisors enrolled in the “Whyy Change” leadership training program aimed at improving their communication, planning, and delegation skills across the business.

The bespoke 22-hours’ worth of training offered through the South Yorkshire Skills Bank has also assisted the company in reducing the amount of internal and customer rejections that were coming in as well as reduce the cost of poor-quality.

Following the training the company are reporting that it has seen welcomed improvements across the business and customer rejections have been reduced significantly.

Richard Walsh, Sales Manager at Advanced Engineering Techniques, said: “The Skills Bank training has made a big difference to our business. It has provided Team Leaders and Supervisors the confidence and knowledge to make significant changes across all departments.

“With the financial support of Skills Bank it allowed the business to develop its leadership team and take a step closer achieving overall performance targets.

“Skills Bank also co-financed laser operator training.  Our new 15kw fibre laser is now fully installed and operational. We are currently witnessing improvements in efficiencies across a wide range of products, we are also now witnessing a gradual reduction in energy costs.

“This has really helped us to remain productive and competitive within the market.”

Skills Bank provides employers across South Yorkshire with access to high-quality training and funding to support skills training that will enable them to develop their business.

Skills Bank is part of South Yorkshire Growth Hub, a service which exists to help businesses to find the best possible support to grow or achieve business resilience, whether that is investment in Skills and Training, access to finance options, support with innovation or export or even helping new businesses to get off the ground.

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The Skills Bank Programme has been extended until 2025 by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.  The extension is in recognition of the needs of local businesses and as part of the support to boost South Yorkshire’s post pandemic recovery and renewal.

For more information on the services Advanced Engineering Techniques offer, visit the website

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