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Crown Paints 'Brush Up' on Skills

Crown Paints 'Brush Up' on Skills

Wed 27th Apr 2011

GMB and Crown Paints at Darwen have embarked on an exciting new learning venture supported by the Union Learning Fund project GMB Reach Out.

Recently, Reach Out Staff, Union Reps and Chief Executive Brian Davidson gathered for the presentation of certificates to the first group of learners to complete their course.

At the event Mr Davidson also signed the Crown Paints Learning Agreement covering all Crown Paints employees.

The initiative will enable staff from across the organisation to improve their skills and career opportunities through accessing courses delivered by local providers at the Darwen site.

Gillian Glover GMB ULR said "I was a little apprehensive at the start of this process about whether we could get this project off the ground.  I am relatively new to the ULR role but have been enthused by the support from my colleagues.  It started with the GMB Learning Bus coming on site when we carried out a survey and staff could speak to advisers about different aspects of learning.  We have now hit an exciting time with skills for life and computer courses launching the project.

Dave Flanagan Reach Out Project Worker said "GMB are working very closely with management to improve learning and skills for staff here.  Union support and funding has helped us start things off.  The partnership between GMB and Crown Paints is an excellent example of how individuals, the organisation and the community as a whole can benefit.  Thanks to the support of her local branch, Gillian has done a fantastic job in getting this off the ground and we are now starting to see the fruits of her work.

After signing the Learning Agreement CEO Brian Davidson commented "As a former Trade Union Representative, and as an employer for many years, I have supported the role of Trades Union learning representatives now in two businesses. This has benefitted both businesses and their employees.  I would urge other employers to actively engage in promoting education participation in this way."