Project Description


Develop-u were invited by SEMTA (Sector Skills Council for Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies) and the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) to tender for the delivery of Level 2 Lean apprenticeships in Improving Operational Performance to Bromborough based company Givaudan.

Givaudan, the global leader in the fragrance and flavour industry supplying to food, beverage, consumer goods and fragrance industries is set to relocate its Savoury Manufacturing Operations to Hungary in 2013 with the loss of 150 positions locally. The management team made the decision to support employees through redundancy by providing them the opportunity to retrain and improve their employability and skills for re-deployment.

Training & re-education

Develop-u were selected in a competitive process and in November 2011 commenced the delivery of the programme to 40 volunteers. Learners progressed through an NVQ and VRQ in Business Improvement Techniques as well as key skills in English and Mathematics. The response from the learners was positive and enthusiastic:

“The course was very interesting …I gained loads of new skills which will be a massive help to find future employment.”

“The course has been incredibly helpful … I learned important new skills for future employment.”

“I have learnt lots of fantastic new ideas which I will take onto my new job in the future.”

The learners formed improvement teams and carried out a variety of projects focusing on increasing efficiency and reducing waste using the tools and techniques learned in the programme. Outcomes included improvements in visual management, workplace organisation and operating procedures to reduce non-value adding activities and waste while improving health and safety and efficiency.


The bottom-line value of these improvements exceeded £50,000 per annum but the real impact was on the morale and confidence of the teams who felt well equipped with a valuable new skill and qualification to take to their next role.

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