PCH Manufacturing recognised for home-growing talent at national awards

Staff from PCH Manufacturing dusted off their best suits and dresses to attend a glamorous national award ceremony designed to celebrate the best manufacturing businesses in the country – the ‘Made in the UK Awards’.

At the awards last week in London, the judges were hugely impressed by PCH Manufacturing’s investment in training and apprenticeships and the team was highly praised, despite missing out on the top prize.

The national invite came after PCH Manufacturing won the Apprentice and Training Scheme Award at Insider Media’s Made in the South West awards - fighting off some top industry names in the process.  

Representing PCH Manufacturing at the awards were Paul Hill and Mike Algar from the Window Factory, Dee Anderson HR Business Partner and Sharon Rimes, Admin Team Leader. 

Kevin Boyes, Head of PCH Manufacturing, said: “We’re incredibly proud to have been recognised at this national event for the investment we’ve made into our training and apprentices - it’s a fantastic achievement by the whole team.

“Having a great apprenticeship and training scheme in place covering a range of professions and disciplines really helps build the morale of the workforce. They know that we want to not only give them the tools and skills to be able to produce great work but we also support people’s ongoing development.”

PCH Manufacturing has recently upskilled its window fitters, who have completed their fenestration apprenticeships including NVQ’s at Level 2 and 3 as well as gaining Level 2 functional skills (Maths and English; equivalent to C grades at GCSE ) and technical certificates.

There have also been apprentice opportunities in window fabrication, carpentry and business admin, which have seen apprentices go on to secure permanent employment within PCH Manufacturing or its parent company PCH.

Kevin summed up by saying: “We really do go above and beyond most employers in recruiting and supporting apprentices. We strongly believe investing in our people is the right thing to do - it helps to create a thriving business that produces quality products for our customers, whilst delivering on our social values of supporting employment opportunities in Plymouth and home-growing our talent.”