The facility, to be known as ‘The ThINK Tank’ is the result of the company’s 2015 Prinovis People Strategy, which saw Prinovis UK attain Investors In People accreditation in May 2015. It also forms part of Prinovis UK’s commitment to tackle the UK’s literacy challenge having been one of the inaugural signatories of the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2016.
The opening ceremony was conducted by Vicci Tatton, HR Director, Prinovis UK, who praised the contribution of its partners in delivering the new facility. “The Learning Centre project was a real collaboration between Prinovis, Unite the Union, Skillsgen and our Training partners which we carefully selected from a shortlist of potential providers,” said Vicci Tatton.
The tutor led courses, which typically have 10 week durations, are being financed by Prinovis with the exception of the training programmes provided by Unite which receive governmental funding.
The courses scheduled throughout 2016, some of which are exam based leading to recognised qualifications, include Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint delivered by training partner Skillsgen, German by Cactus language school and two courses provided by Unite the Union and delivered by West Cheshire College - Functional Skills and Basic Computer skills.
Kenny Barron, Head of Lifelong Learning, Unite the Union who supported by his regional team have been committed to the success of the Learning Centre since the planning stage, said “I believe that special thanks should go to the team including Vicci Tatton, Ken Buckley (FOC, Prinovis UK) and his reps team, who have worked hard over the last twelve months to put everything together. The centre will create an environment where people can be upskilled for work related opportunities, as well as upskilling in English, Maths and IT for personal gain or helping our children with their education”.
In addition to the tutor-led schedule, employees can use the centre’s newly installed IT facilities for self-study and distance learning. Two online learning offerings are provided both by Prinovis and Unite. Lynda,com is the Bertelsmann global Online Learning tool providing employees with a vast array of training modules and course materials.
Speaking of Prinovis’s commitment to its workforce, Vicci added “I for one believe that Learning is an integral part of our working lives and that as a responsible and forward thinking Employer it is our responsibility to provide employees with opportunities to grow and develop.
A talented workforce is an integral part of any successful business and we here at Prinovis firmly support this view”.