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Vauxhall helps boost employees’ English and maths skills

June 20, 2014

Car manufacturer Vauxhall Motors in Ellesmere Port has launched three new purpose built Learning Centres to deliver literacy and numeracy for employees in a Union led initiative.

Vauxhall and specialist further education college West Cheshire College are working in partnership with Unite the Union,  to offer staff at Ellesmere Port the chance to improve English and maths skills by studying Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications.

The first new Learning Centre officially opened in a ceremony which included speeches from Phil Millward, HR Director at Vauxhall, Nigel Davies, Principal and Chief Executive of West Cheshire College and John Cooper from Unite the Union and Andrew Miller MP for Ellesmere Port.

The new Learning Centres will provide employees with access to computers as well as library books to support their learning.

Phil Millward, HR Director at Vauxhall, said: “We held the celebration event to share the good work that we are doing.

“We are committed to investing in our employees to drive their skills forward and in recognition of this we have recently been awarded with the Investors in People Gold Standard, which only 3 per cent of Investors in People accredited companies receive.”

Nigel Davies, Principal and Chief Executive at West Cheshire College, said: “One of West Cheshire College’s key roles is working with employers in the region.

 “Vauxhall go above and beyond to benefit their employees and they see the importance of supporting their employees with their English and maths skills.

“They train their employees so they have the right talent to support their business needs. The College is very excited to be involved in this project.”

John Cooper from Unite the Union, said: “The launch of the new learning centre will boost employees’ skills in a way which will benefit them both professionally and personally.

“We ran a similar initiative a few years ago and it was a fantastic success and we are confident that we will repeat this success again.”

Carl Bridson, 51, from Runcorn is a Fork Lift Truck driver for Vauxhall and completed the previous initiative.

He said: “I left school with very few qualifications and I felt that when I left school in the 1970s I was just written off.

“When I heard about the courses, I thought they seemed like a brilliant idea. At the time, I was looking after a team of 28 people and I encouraged 20 of them to sign up to the courses as well.

“Some people may be embarrassed about admitting they need support for their English and maths skills, but these courses are confidential so they are ideal.”

For more information about boosting the skills of your workforce by training employees, contact West Cheshire College on 01244 656555 or visit

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