A family business, Stonebridge Joinery, which manufactures preformed plywood components identified that lack of basic skills was seen to impact directly on the company achieving Investors in People. With help from Workbase, courses to improve staff communication ? spoken and written ? were implemented. These led to improved communication between supervisors and employees, increased productivity and performance and recognition as an Investors in People.
In addition to on-site customised programmes, Workbase has also identified the need for additional learning support. Workbase identified a lack of suitable materials to assist employees in complementing basic skills programmes and encouraging self-learning. Suitable and workfocused resources for mentors and open learning centres, were lacking. A range of booklets to fill the gap have been produced by Workbase with the Campaign for Learning. These booklets are called the Learning for Work Series and include the following features.