Training saves thousands of pounds a year

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A TECHNOLOGY giant is now saving an extra £35,000 a year thanks to a Gosport firm finding out how it could work more efficiently.

Staff at Siemens Magnet Technology in Oxford have been given training in Lean Business Improvement Techniques, carried out by Fedden USP.

Siemens is the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of superconducting magnetic resonance imaging magnets for medical applications, such as MRI scanners.

It employs 450 people at its Oxford site and 13,000 nationally, with revenues last year totalling £4.4bn.

It had already used the programme in order to make sure its business was running as smoothly as possible, but felt it needed to run it with staff on the shop floor as well as management.

It asked Fedden to train them in its Business Improvement Techniques Level 2 programme.

Colin Allaway, who was one of Fedden’s trainers, said: ‘It was a real privilege to engage with the Siemens team as they had already embraced the Lean enterprise culture.’

Staff who went on the training are now working towards getting NVQ certificates using their new-found skills.

Siemens will now take a second wave of training following the amount of interest in the first course and pressure from staff.

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