Barnstaple chimney firm takes trainees to the top

A BARNSTAPLE chimney manufacturer is the latest Devon firm to invest in workforce training, according to the Learning and Skills Council. SFL, a leading UK manufacturer of domestic and commercial chimneys, flues and vents, has joined 238 firms and organis

A BARNSTAPLE chimney manufacturer is the latest Devon firm to invest in workforce training, according to the Learning and Skills Council.

SFL, a leading UK manufacturer of domestic and commercial chimneys, flues and vents, has joined 238 firms and organisations in the county to have made a "Skills Pledge", a commitment to raise all employees' skill levels to the equivalent of five GCSEs (grade A-C).

Managing director, Sami Caglar, said: "We made the pledge to show we are dedicated to developing our 80 employees.

"We have NVQs and a wide range of other internal and external training initiatives beginning in January 2010. We are also working towards gaining Investors in People Status."


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Paul Lucken, director of regional skills at the LSC South West, congratulated those employers who have made the Skills Pledge. He said: "Investing in training and development will help us all during the economic recovery. The Skills Pledge is a key step in raising skills to improve organisational performance.

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