Team leader awards cut costs

Training can save you money. This is the conclusion of pharmaceutical giant
GlaxoSmithKline, which has saved more than £500,000 after developing leadership
skills at its Maidenhead plant.

GSK has implemented the NEBS Management Team Leader Award to 47 extended
team leaders and as a result has saved money through a stronger focus and
better use of all team members and enhanced operational efficiency.

An emphasis on practical learning is part of the award so that trainees can
immediately apply their new knowledge to the workplace. GSK spent £50,000 on
the initiative.

"The work-based course assignments alone have covered the cost of the
training programme from the savings identified," said GSK site director
Ole Rasmussen. "We will continue to be more cost-effective and more
customer-focused as a result."

Topics covered in the modular course include team briefing and using
information for action. A mixture of developmental experiences and assessment
methods are used, including individual and group activities.

NEBS Management says that the award gives team leaders a sense of ownership,
goals and vision; increased value and the skills to align themselves to the
growth of the business. The course was delivered to GSK by AMT International.

In-depth coverage of the initiative will be included in the October
edition of Training Magazine.

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