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Training transforms Wilson Transformer Company

Investment in training has paid off for Wilson Transformer Company.

Through long-term partnerships with several Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), the Wodonga-based manufacturer of power and distribution transformers has enhanced the skills and flexibility of its workforce and expanded its market share from 25 to 45 per cent.

Training Coordinator Julie Campbell said the company started to focus on training back in 2004 when it engaged private RTO, Educational Living, to conduct a skills audit of its workforce.

“As a regional manufacturing business with staff working three shifts over 24 hours, we were looking for high quality training that could be delivered onsite outside normal working hours.”

Educational Living developed a tailored solution for the company, where the majority of training is now delivered onsite by three locally-based trainer/assessors.

Recently the company invested more than $15 million in new facilities, including a dedicated training centre. Already the company had seen a significant return on its investment, with a high employee retention rate, increased productivity and reductions in rework and waste.

“We’ve actually reduced our manufacturing cycle from 14 days to less than 2 days while also increasing safety and reducing our WorkCover premiums by 37 per cent since 2004,” Ms Campbell said.

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