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Duo UK Manufactures High Achievers

In a commitment to nurturing the skills and expertise of its team Duo UK has announced it is continuting to invest in further education on behalf of its staff.

Funded by Duo, logistics coordinator, Tom Gibson, has commenced studies for a Logistics Management NVQ.  Combining academic assessment within a professional environment, the year-long course is designed to challenge Gibson to understand best practice, be better positioned to implement this within his work and prepare for career progression. The course is being delivered by Skills Solutions, the largest provider of work-based learning in the North West.

Gibson, aged 20, joined the Duo team in May 2012. He comments: "When making my career choice I realised there was a huge opportunity within local manufacturing and I'm very grateful to Duo for opening this door for me. The industry profile is relatively low for school leavers and those considering university placements; however I would strongly recommend pursuing this line of work and encourage schools to do more to promote manufacturing as the credible and exciting career option I have found it to be.

"The industry is incredibly fast paced with advancements in technology ensuring there is always a challenge and opportunity to develop skills. It is highly rewarding to see something created from start to finish and with so much to learn as processes evolve it's a dynamic and interesting environment in which to work.

"I have always favoured taking an entrepreneurial path and learning new skills, I even learnt how to fit double glazing while at school so I could keep busy in the summer holidays! Pursuing an NVQ whilst working at Duo seemed a natural next step to further my studies alongside gaining relevant experience.  Duo's 'can-do' culture suits me perfectly and in achieving my own aspirations I am looking forward to driving forward changes and improvements for the business too.

"Having originally planned to study History at university, I am now looking forward to developing practical skills, earning a salary and setting my own development pace, which will set me up for a great career."

This year Duo has made a £96,000 investment in staff training and development in 2013 to date. Managing Director David Brimelow said: "It is our duty as a local employer to encourage those entering the work place to do so with ambition and focus, and reward those who express a desire to achieve career progression with the opportunities to do so. The skills and expertise of our team has enabled us to achieve fantastic growth over the 25 years we have been in business and as we look to the future we have made a commitment to nurturing this talent.

"Tom's work ethic is spot on - he meets every challenge he is set head on and is naturally competitive and focussed on learning quickly and as much as he can. His determination makes him a standout candidate and we are pleased to be supporting him through his further education.

"In many ways Tom's attitude and approach to work is similar to my own. Ambition and drive are at least as important as qualifications when it comes to progression in the work place and it is a pleasure to work with like-minded people who think outside the box." 

Published: 06/12/2013

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