CHEERS: Chorley bottling firm receives support for its staff

SKILLS: Some of the H & A workers

SKILLS: Some of the H & A workers

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A Chorley-based business which specialises in the bottling of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is raising a glass to growth after receiving free support from Lancashire Skills Support for the Workforce.

The £5.6m skills programme has enabled H&A Prestige Bottling, which has a 130,000 sq ft state-of-the-art bottling and warehousing facility at Ackhurst Business Park, to invest in leadership training for 12 of its staff.

What I’m learning is really adding to my existing skills and giving me more confidence within my role.

Neil Prescott

The Level 2 Team Leader course requires learners to build a portfolio of evidence containing examples of their work and observations to confirm their competence and knowledge.

The training is being delivered by Runshaw Business Centre.

Neil Prescott joined H&A Prestige in 2000 as a production line operative. Neil is now shift manager, supervising up to 50 colleagues at a time.

Six months into the course, Neil believes that the learning is of great benefit.

He said: “The course is making me concentrate a lot more on the essential things, such as the importance of time management and my management techniques. What I’m learning is really adding to my existing skills and giving me more confidence within my role.”

Managing director, Bob Woolf said: “Career development is incredibly important to us in maintaining a happy, dynamic workforce. We promote a ‘family atmosphere’ amongst our staff, many of whom live locally and socialise together.”

LSS will support 3,817 employees aged 19 and over .