At the National Training Awards 2009 Brilliant Minds and Schaeffler (UK) Ltd were awarded a Wales Training Award for Partnership and Collaboration for the training programme delivered by Brilliant Minds between August 2007 and February 2009.
The company is the UK division of a global organisation operating in the transport/automitive sector. The programme involved a 2-day NLP Introductory programme for all Senior Managers and Directors, followed by a full NLP Practitioner programme for around half of that team. The programme was completed with a 3-day programme for all supervisors and team leaders in the factory. This means that every person who manages staff in the factory has had some NLP training and the results have been extraordinary.
In order to win a National Training Award it has to be possible to show tangible business results connected with the training that has been undertaken. Some of the results that have been at Schaeffler (UK) Ltd include:
- Company has been nominated centre of excellence for Mechanical Tappet production within the Schaeffler Group which re-confirms recognition of the capabilities and performance of its workforce
- Significant improvement in absence levels – exceeding company target
- Value adding for the business – 20% increase in output. With continued business growth the company has introduced seven day working in order to cope with increased demand
What makes this programme exceptional is the commitment of Directors and Senior Managers to not only the development of staff but also their own development as well. Many of them undertook 15 days of training in 12 months and despite the downturn in business in the automotive sector showed a tangible improvement in business performance. At a time when most companies in the sector are cutting costs and reducing investment in training and development, this organisation has shown concrete ‘bottom-line’ benefits from maintaining their focus on people as their only sustainable source of competitive advantage.