Training company stays the course during Covid-19 pandemic

Newcastle-based consultancy and training provider, Absolute Quality, is reaping the rewards after taking its suite of courses online.

The company, which specialises in helping businesses drive continual improvement, decided to offer their courses both virtually and face-to-face to ensure organisations can still develop their teams despite restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The decision has paid off with a contract win with the North West Training Council (NWTC) to deliver virtual Food Safety and HACCP courses for cohorts of apprentices working for large multinational food manufacturers.

Andrew Willson, training director of Absolute Quality, said: “While all our courses are still available on a face-to-face basis following COVID secure guidelines, remote delivery has proven very popular with our clients and candidates alike.

“Delivering the training virtually has ensured that, despite the restrictions imposed during the pandemic, the apprentices have been able to continue their career development, gaining industry recognised qualifications that complement the excellent hands-on experience provided by their employers and NWTC.”

NWTC, which has helped over 20,000 employees realise their full potential, provide practical training designed to meet the needs of industry. Sue Flower, Strategic and Commercial Account Coordinator, said: “Thanks to Absolute Quality’s agile and innovative approach, we have been able to secure the qualifications for 16 people who are undertaking an apprenticeship, despite the restrictions imposed by the ongoing pandemic. Apprentices are the workforce of the future and will play an important part in helping businesses overcome the current challenges to secure a sustainable future.”

As well as a range of food safety training, Absolute Quality also provide courses focussed on health and safety, internal auditing and risk management for their clients who range from sole traders through to blue-chip multinationals. Training can also be tailored to the exact needs of a business across a number of different sectors including manufacturing, engineering, waste and recycling, security, and distribution.

Andrew concluded: “The COVID-19 pandemic has been an accelerant for a more flexible approach to the delivery of our training courses and we have become more agile and customer-focused than ever before.

“Now is an excellent time to capitalise on virtual learning, whether that’s to train employees and apprentices or to strengthen knowledge and management standards within businesses.”