Pass­ing on ex­per­tise to staff through new in­ter­nal scheme

Gloucestershire Echo - - BUSINESS -

» SIX decades of spe­cial­ist in­dus­trial in­su­la­tion ex­per­tise have been passed on to a new gen­er­a­tion, thanks to newly-es­tab­lished in­ter­nal train­ing at ther­mal spe­cial­ists PLG In­su­la­tions.

Paul Smaylen has be­come the first em­ployee to qual­ify in an NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Ther­mal In­su­la­tion – Fit Pro­tec­tion, as a re­sult of in­ter­nal train­ing at the com­pany.

In do­ing so he has been trained by ex­pe­ri­enced engi­neers Richard Fairs and Tom Smith, each of whom have more than 30 years in the in­dus­try, and men­tored by his su­per­vi­sor Darren Dix, who him­self joined Glouces­ter-based PLG six years ago as a trainee ther­mal in­su­la­tion en­gi­neer.

Mr Fairs and Mr Smith both ben­e­fit­ted from a ‘Train the Trainer’ course run by Glouces­ter­shire En­ter­prise, which equipped them with the skills to pass on their ex­per­tise and ef­fec­tively de­liver the train­ing re­quired for Paul’s NVQ.

Mr Smaylen, 29 and from Eve­sham, joined PLG two years ago af­ter de­cid­ing upon a change of ca­reer from his pre­vi­ous su­per­vi­sory role within a fam­ily-run waste man­age­ment com­pany.

He has now added cer­ti­fied tech­ni­cal knowl­edge and skills to his pre­vi­ously de­vel­oped abil­i­ties man­ag­ing peo­ple, prob­lem solv­ing and im­pro­vi­sa­tion, to be­come a val­ued mem­ber of the PLG team.

Mr Smaylen said: “I’d gone as far as I could in my pre­vi­ous role, I saw this po­si­tion as an ideal op­por­tu­nity to add train­ing to my other skills and I’m re­ally glad that I took it.

“Now I’m at the point where I can do jobs by my­self thanks to the skills which have been made avail­able to me, so I’m re­ally grate­ful to PLG for giv­ing me this train­ing.

PLG In­su­la­tions was ac­quired by the P&M Group, which in­cludes com­pos­ite panel spe­cial­ists ISD Solutions, in Septem­ber 2016.

Group chair­man Andy Moon said: “We are all de­lighted and proud of Paul’s achievemen­t and what it sig­ni­fies for the po­ten­tial for PLG go­ing for­ward.”

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