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College forges links with industry

Staff from Nestle Purina at the new training centre Photo: College of West Anglia

The first workers to complete a tailor-made training course using facilities at the

College of West Anglia’s new £5.7m technology centre in King's Lynn have finished their course.

The college devised the training to meet the needs of food giant Nestle Purina which makes Felix and Winalot pet foods and employs 660 people in the Wisbech area.

Now the machine operators will have their salaries enhanced, job titles changed to

reflect their new skills and be considered for promotions when opportunities arise.

Nik Mitchell from the college said it was keen to work with other companies to help

devise individual training linked to the different operations of firms and was pleased the

first one held in the new state-of-the-art centre had been a success.

Lecturer Paul Webster said skills learned in the early part of the 20-day course were

put into practice as the six were given a task to convert a conveyor for new use using a

variety of skills ranging from making their own drill stands to pneumatics, maintenance

and fabrication.

Robert Croxford, a manager for Nestle Purina, said the college offered a tremendous facility to help it increase the skills of its workforce which could be put to use in the company’s operations.