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What our clients say

Coleg Gwent Business

What our clients say

We work with some of the best known employers in Wales in a range of sectors including food and retail, manufacturing and construction. Our clients have included:

• The Celtic Manor Resort

• Monmouthshire Housing Association

• Wilko Retail Ltd

• Newport City Council

• Office for National Statistics

• Penny & Giles Controls Ltd

• S4C/Boom Pictures Cymru

• Gwent Construction Training Group

BAE Systems Objective:BAE Systems is a global defence, aerospace and security company employing around 88,200 people worldwide. They offer a wide range of products and services that cover air, land and naval forces as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology and support services. BAE Systems recruited two apprentices that required accredited management training. The aim of the training was to develop the apprentices’ managerial abilities and skills over a period of three years, starting with ILM Level 3 and progressing to ILM Level 5 Award in Leadership & Management Skills.

Solution:The College helped BAE Systems plan the business needs and goals over a three year period and arranged on site training with Coleg Gwent Business for the following courses:

Six Sigma
ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership & Management
ILM Level 3 Certificate in Leadership & Management
ILM Level 5 Diploma NVQ Diploma in Management

Result:Both apprentices are achieving excellent results as expected and are undertaking more management responsibilities in line with their training objectives.

Quote:“After initial discussions it became clear that Coleg Gwent was the right partner for us. Having attended several training courses, the way in which Coleg Gwent’s advisors deliver, listen and understand our business needs is why their training is most effective. We would fully recommend Coleg Gwent Business as a training provider and hope that our partnership continues to grow and produce results which we are currently experiencing.”

Paul Clark, Apprentice Supervisor, BAE Systems


Bon Bon Buddies Objective:Bon Bon Buddies was founded in 1993 and has grown to become Europe’s No. 1 provider of branded and licensed character confectionary. It boasts an exciting portfolio of licensed characters that include Disney, Spiderman, One Direction, Minions and many more. Bon Bon Buddies sought training to up-skill their workforce, reinforce previous training, promote career development and ultimately gain a competitive advantage.

Solution:Coleg Gwent Business and Bon Bon Buddies jointly performed a training analysis which identified training needs and a tailored training programme was proposed featuring the following courses:

Creative Problem Solving
Creative Thinking
Finance for Non-Financial Managers
Global Purchasing
ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management
ILM Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management Skills
Understanding Negotiation and Networking

Result:Within one week of the creative problem solving course Bon Bon Buddies had already implemented techniques to aid developing new brand concepts. Whilst the full impact of the training is still being measured, Bon Bon Buddies have recorded an increase in productivity, performance and efficiency.

Quote:“I thoroughly recommend Coleg Gwent Business. The business training courses are excellent and I was impressed by the business team who listened to us and understood our needs. Tailoring your training for our objectives really was a benefit for us. You cannot afford not to train in a global competitive market.”

Maria Sparrow, HR Manager, Bon Bon Buddies


Brace's Bakery Objective:Braces Bread is a brand leading business that produces a wide range of bread, sold to retailers, the food service and sandwich manufacturers. Braces have two bakeries, a state of the art bread plant bakery at Pen-y-fan producing 6,000 loaves per hour, a second bakery at Rogerstone in Newport and employs over 262 people. The company identified auditing and inspection as an area within staff training that was required to meet audit standards. 

Solution:Coleg Gwent delivered a Level 3 Award in Effective Auditing and Inspection Skills course to 9 employees. This a National Award written and accredited by HABC aimed at supervisors, team leaders and line managers working in all sectors of the food industry and aims to equip staff with the skills necessary to undertake effective audits and inspections of food premises.
Coleg Gwent was able to provide the training using SPP funding.

Result:The staff that undertook the training found the course to be particularly useful and they would be able to use their newly acquired skills in the workplace on a regular basis.

Quote: "We were impressed with the professionalism of the Coleg Gwent team when we were consulting with them regarding our training needs.  The course itself was particularly relevant and well received by our staff. As a result of this initial training session, we have scheduled for Coleg Gwent to run the course again for more of our employees.  I would highly recommend using Coleg Gwent to deliver training to meet your business objectives."

Jan Smith, Training Officer, Braces Bakery Ltd
19 May 2016


Mollertech Ltd Objective:Möllertech Ltd is a global leader in the development and production of plastic components for the automotive industry. The company wanted to develop staff in specialist engineering skills and improve the engineering support within the manufacturing process.

Solution:Möllertech undertook CAD, TIG Welding and Basic PLC training with Coleg Gwent Business which was tailored to meet the needs of the organisation. The College helped Möllertech obtain Skills Growth Wales funding and provided most of the training on Möllertech’s premises.

Result:Since completing the training, the skills of the team have improved considerably and consequently Möllertech have improved the quality of the manufacturing process and output.

Quote:“The quality, reliability and flexibility of the training provided plus the help and support of the business team are the main reasons we recommend using Coleg Gwent Business. We have had a long standing and ongoing professional relationship with the College which is shown through the support we receive from the business team. The expertise of the trainers has enabled us to receive tailored training to meet the needs of our organisation which has proven invaluable.”

Susan Crighton, HR Officer, Möllertech Ltd


Penny & Giles Controls Ltd Objective:Penny & Giles are a global leader in the supply of joysticks, sensors and solenoids for industrial motion control. The company wanted to increase productivity by investing in staff training.

Solution:Penny & Giles gained work force development funding from the Welsh Government to help reduce the cost of training, and made arrangements for staff to complete the training during the working day.

The production engineering team, based at Cwmfelinfach, committed to flexible work based training for the Sigma Six Green Belt Award.

Result:Improvements included a radical change in the layout of the factory floor which increased production and saved the company £36,000.

Quote:“The project taught me to look at things in a different way, which has helped me to identify problems effectively. I really enjoyed completing the project as it was real world training which was relevant to my work.”

Steve Dunstan, Production Engineer and Technician, Penny & Giles

Monmouthshire Housing Association Objective:Monmouthshire Housing Association (MHA) provides and manages affordable homes in Monmouthshire for people who need them. The Association manages and maintains around 3,600 homes and 290 leasehold properties, as well as large numbers of garages and other land around and within our estates.

MHA asked Coleg Gwent to provide IT training for staff using mobile technology in the workplace.

Solution:The IT training was combined with a programme of essential skills for employees, including literacy and numeracy.

Result:Since completing the training, weekly output of information has increased, enabling managers to allocate and plan work more effectively, meaning a better level of service is provided to MHAs tenants.  Some MHA staff have also been employed to new areas of work and developed additional skills.

Quote:“It has been fantastic to see the confidence of the attendees increase week-by-week, some of whom have even gone on to take further qualifications which they would not have contemplated previously. The partnership working of this project was key to its success by making available the expertise of all involved to plan and communicate the process. Our staff were able to see that everyone was working together for the benefit of their individual needs and the successful outcome for Monmouthshire Housing.”

Karen Williams, HR Manager, Monmouthshire Houseing Association

S4C/Boom Pictures CymruObjective:S4C is the only Welsh language television channel in the world. As a public service broadcaster, it commissions independent producers from across Wales to make the majority of its programmes. S4C broadcasts over 115 hours of programmes each week, including sport, drama, music, factual, entertainment and events, across a range of platforms, including online.

The Welsh broadcaster needed to train a group of individuals in traditional country skills for a living history programme focusing on Wales in the Edwardian era.

Solution:Before filming began, the cast got to grips with traditional country skills such as animal husbandry, butchery and food safety training organised by Coleg Gwent’s business team.

The cast joined Coleg Gwent tutors on the working farm at Coleg Gwent’s Usk Campus to familiarise themselves with some of the rural skills expected of gentry and servants at the time.

Result:Y Plas, which was broadcast in September and October 2013, followed the progress of eighteen individuals who left behind modern day life to experience living as servants and landed gentry in the Wales of 1910.

Quote:“We were all hugely impressed with Coleg Gwent. Every single member of staff was a pleasure to work with, and did everything possible to accommodate our requirements. The training answered all our needs, but turned out to be great fun as well.  The contributors were all keen to tell us how much they’d enjoyed the weekend.”

Carys Beynon Williams, Production Editor, Boom Pictures Cymru


Faccenda Foods Objective:Faccenda Foods are one of the UK's largest food businesses with a turnover of £400m and 3,000 employees across the UK. The company wanted to develop the knowledge and skill set of food production staff in Abergavenny with the help of Coleg Gwent.

Solution:The College helped Faccenda Foods gain work force development funding through the Welsh Government to help reduce the cost of the training, and made arrangements for staff to complete the courses during the working day.Staff committed to workplace training from Coleg Gwent for the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Level 3 and Level 4 Food Safety.

Result:The training provided the learners with a thorough understanding of food safety procedures, and emphasised the importance of monitoring staff and controls. Employees were able to share their best practice knowledge throughout the workforce.

Quote:“The training was a great opportunity for us as an organisation, with the help and support from Coleg Gwent’s business team. Members of our staff were given the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills set and now have a heightened knowledge of the food safety standards required of our organisation and the reasons why our rules and procedures are in place.  They can now also share this knowledge with their colleagues.”

Kath Florence, HR Officer, Faccenda Foods


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