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The 200-strong workforce at Welsh Slate has helped the company win accreditation from Investors in People.

Renowned as the world's largest manufacturer of high quality slate products, Welsh Slate has marked an on-going focus on developing its workforce, by attaining the Investors in People standard.

The company is reaping business dividends with continuing strong demand from existing and new export markets, sustained by expansion of its quarry operations and investment in new plant and machinery as well as in innovative product development in the form of a high-quality range of slate tableware designed with Michelin starred chef Michael Caines.

And it credits much of this success down to its 200-strong workforce across its four sites in North Wales which has been working alongside a workforce development officer to define training and development programmes across the board.

In addition to the training required under statutory guidelines, Welsh Slate has increased the number of employees from shop floor to management taking part in personal development programmes which include not only specific skills but also training in coaching and mentoring to develop best practice required for an increasingly competitive marketplace.

The company's human resources manager Rhian Williams said: “The main reason for seeking Investors in People accreditation was to gain an additional viewpoint as a means of challenging our current thinking to ensure continuous improvement in all aspects of our business.” 
Managing director Chris Allwood concluded: “The award recognises we have a solid foundation to build on but there remains a lot of hard work to maintain our world class performance.”


Pictured from left with the Investors in People certificate: Assessor Jeff Williams-Jones, Welsh Slate production director Mark Hodgkinson, Bangor University Chancellor Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM and Welsh Slate managing director Chris Allwood.

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