Rittal-CSM has been short-listed for a prestigious Manufacturer of the Year award.
The award is part of the wider Western Morning News’s Business of the Year 2018 event, held every year to celebrate the best businesses in the South West.
The news comes on the back of a record year for the business, which has seen 30% growth and a significant increase in orders over the last 12 months; a trend that looks likely to continue well into 2019.
It’s a strong position for the company to be in, and particularly impressive given the economic climate and current uncertainty over Brexit.
To support its rapid expansion, the business has been actively recruiting for key roles in machine setting and operating, welding, and engineering.
It launched a new specialist careers website (www.rittal-csmcareers.co.uk) to showcase the company and offer insights around corporate values, its ethos, locations, current job vacancies and required skill-sets for different roles.
There have been recruitment open days, attendances at recruitment fairs and close partnerships with the local JobCentre Plus.
Unemployment is at an all-time low in Plymouth so meeting the company’s recruitment needs has been demanding, as well as a fantastic opportunity.
Investment in Training
As the business has grown, there has been a concurrent need to upskill and develop staff, as well as invest in training for new recruits.
The team has worked in close partnership with various training companies such as City College Plymouth, FTT, CMT, and the University of Plymouth to name a few!
It has increased the number of apprenticeships to bring in new talent, thus allowing people the opportunity to gain qualifications while learning on-the-job. Meanwhile, more employee’s managerial skills have been developed through Level 3 CMI Apprenticeships.
In-house training sessions have been run across numerous areas and a number of unskilled workers have been trained in areas such as welding, grinding and machine operating/setting.
Local Community Impact
The company’s successes haven’t just been reflected in its investment in training and recruitment programmes. It has also had a positive knock-on effect for other local businesses and suppliers in the area, extending its achievements across the local community.
The winner of the title ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ will be announced at the Western Morning News Business Awards held at the Crowne Plaza, Plymouth, on Thursday 22nd November 2018.