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SME Investment in Skills 2017

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Lander is champion of skills
Birmingham company wins Semta Skills Award

lander-automotive-sme-investment-in-skillsLander Automotive Ltd has picked up a prestigious engineering award after investing in skills to boost its own workforce and the wider West Midlands economy.

The company beat off strong competition to pick up the honour for SME Investment in Skills, sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover, at the Semta Skills Awards 2017 gala dinner in London’s Hilton Hotel on Park Lane hosted by BBC presenter Alexander Armstrong.

Peter Tack, managing director of Lander Automotive said: "This award is a great reward for the team and they effort they have put in. We are now up to 52 apprentices, double figures in terms of Higher Apprentices and we will have 180 apprentices out of a workforce of 500 in two years' time."

Lander is a growing company with an incredible history of change, adaptation and innovation spanning 138 years.

It is committed to enabling its employees to grow within the company rather than recruiting externally. A major commitment for the business to skills and training is their apprenticeship programme, with a plan to recruit 180 apprentices over the next 18 months - an equivalent increase of 400%.

Lander has adopted the Excellence Model to enhance performance throughout the business. Its development programme identifies training and development activities from the shop floor, right through to the Senior Management Team.

The company tries to share its approach and advertise the benefits of investment in skills through participation in supplier network groups with around 20 other automotive suppliers in the Midlands, hoping that this collaboration may seed change and contribute towards wider industry success within manufacturing.

Ann Watson, CEO of Semta, the not-for-profit organisation tasked with skilling engineering and manufacturing in the UK said: “Lander is a very deserving winner of the Semta Skills Award. It is a fantastic example of how investment in skills is not only something which benefits the big players, it also pays off for SMEs – improving recruitment, retention and skills in the workplace.”

Runners up were: Salop Design & Engineering Ltd and Wire Belt Company Limited

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