Livingstone Surface Treatments Ltd (Livingstone’s) were honoured at the CN Business Awards on Wednesday 21st October 2015, winning the coveted Training and Development Award, sponsored by NuGen.
Always a category with a high number of entries, the team at Livingstone’s were delighted to be shortlisted for the award which recognises companies with a positive commitment to the training and education of its employees, improving company performance and creating a committed and motivated workforce.
Livingstone’s is a family firm which supplies specialist corrosion control services to the nuclear, petrochemical, construction and offshore industries. Training of staff goes beyond practical applications like fork lift truck and manual handling, they also look after personal welfare with training in often overlooked areas like stress awareness and management.
Developing the business in 2014, Eddie Blackmore, Director at Livingstone’s became the North West trainer for ICATS (Industrial Coating Applicator Training Scheme). This not only enabled Livingstone’s staff to be trained in-house, it also offers up local opportunities, enabling Cumbrian businesses to train in the area. In conjunction with the Lakes College, the first course offered up a free training place, which ultimately led to a job offer with a local employer.
Commenting at the award ceremony, the judges said Livingstone Surface Treatments Ltd was the stand out company in this category, highlighting that staff consistently remain loyal to the company because of the way they are trained and looked after.
Speaking after their win Eddie Blackmore, Director at Livingstone Surface Treatments Ltd said “it was an honour to be shortlisted in this category and we were surprised and humbled to win. We are a family led firm with a strong commitment to training our staff. Looking at the changes in regulations and to move forward, it seemed a natural progression to expand our commitment to training by launching the ICATS training in our community. Even though we are a small company, we can make an even bigger impact, to the benefit of other Cumbrian companies and our economy. Corrosion costs the UK 3% of the GDP, so it’s important that we get better at protecting metalwork.”
Offering Lakes College student Nicky Pattinson a place on the ICATS course was our first foray at linking education and employment. Moving forward I can see potential for creating further practical links between college and local employers; the more of this we can do, the better for future generations of employees in West Cumbria. We need to keep the momentum going, so hopefully Nicky’s story will inspire more students to be determined and focused on improving their skills.”
For more information about the coating and galvanising services offered by Livingstone Surface Treatments, contact Eddie Blackmore on 01946 841191