Torfaen engineering firm receives training boost

A Cwmbran-based engineering firm has up-skilled its staff to use the latest technology with support from Torfaen council.

L&J Engineering, which was established in 1999, invested in a new computer controlled lathe to boost its output, however, staff needed specialist training and a crash course in computer programming skills to operate the machine to its full potential.

Through the Working Skills for Adults programme, which is part financed by the European Social Fund, Torfaen council was able to arrange for a training provider to deliver the specialist training required.

Andrew O’Connor, commercial manager for L&J Engineering, said: “L&J Engineering is a specialist in the machining, welding/fabrication and high specification steelwork market. The training and support we receive from Torfaen County Borough Council, is a major factor in helping us to maintain our success and remain competitive. It ensures that we continually develop our workforce, safeguard jobs and create new employment opportunities.”

Paul M Roberts, employer engagement officer with Torfaen council, said: “This is an excellent example where we were able to help an already successful engineering company to develop its staff and address an identified skills gap in their workforce.

“More staff fully trained to use the latest equipment means less down time for L&J Engineering and will ultimately boost their output, helping the business to grow.

“Our goal is to ensure that engineering businesses in Torfaen have the skills and the training they need to grow and expand, and I would urge anyone who thinks we may be able to help to get in touch.”

For information on training contact Torfaen Employability Team on 01633 647743.

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