After liaising with key automotive manufacturers and suppliers in the region, Cheshire-based Plus Point is aiming to bring the company’s quality control and training services closer to them. It sees Filey as the ideal location to access the North East and North Yorkshire automotive market.
Speaking about the new office opening, Plus Point Managing Director Mark Sweeney said, “We’re focused on delivering our quality control personnel, process and performance along with the supportive CPD-accredited training programmes at a local level. Last year we opened an office in South Wales and automotive manufacturers have benefitted from our presence. After speaking with key automotive people in the region and the Northern Automotive Alliance we hope to replicate this success in the North East and North Yorkshire."
The training has been formulated by Plus Point's in-house training professionals who have worked with the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) body to deliver an informative, effective and rewarding programme. By working with CPD, Plus Point has been able to design a training programme which will improve the skill sets and knowledge of manufacturing staff and contribute towards CPD points.
The programme promotes the concepts of lean awareness, which develops an understanding of best practice in manufacturing core tools. This is comprised of several elements such as problem-solving and risk assessment in the manufacturing process as well as Lean Sigma. These management techniques are intended to improve business processes by significantly reducing the chance that an error or defect will occur.
The training will be delivered by accredited trainer Mark Hancock, who will also provide ongoing support following completion of the programme.
Mark said: “No other inspection service in the UK provides this level of support and training. After speaking with various automotive organisations and manufacturers in the region we found that there was an opportunity to upskill people working in the industry. We're looking to replicate the success we've seen in other areas of the country and bring it to the North East and North Yorkshire and have already seen an uptake in the courses."
As well as providing CPD accredited training, Plus Point supplies complete, fully managed professional service solutions for automotive manufacturing quality issues. The company assesses risks as part of a quality inspection service which identifies potential problems and proposes solutions to prevent them happening in the first place.