Trainers walk to Downing Street

Trainers walk to Downing Street
Melanie Reynolds The training programme of display specialist Densitron has proved so successful it has caught the government’s eye. Last week chairman Clifford Hardcastle was invited, along with other industrialists, to a reception at Downing Street to discuss the issue. Hardcastle’s view is clear. “It’s no use sitting back and bitching about the lack of skills,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with people, they just need the training.” With this in mind Densitron has taken an active approach to skills shortages, which has included developing an involvement in local education. The company has helped convert schools into technology colleges and financed an IT department in one. It offers work experience to students and university sponsorship when applicable. In return Densitron gets “the pick of the people” as well as promoting a positive attitude among its staff. “We actually get quite a lot of fun out of it to be honest,” said Hardcastle. “It’s not a great moral crusade, it’s practical common sense.” Although admitting to having “a queasy moment” when entering Downing Street, Hardcastle thinks the government educational reforms are on the right track. “The worst thing that has happened in education is just too much damn paperwork,” he said. “But the initiatives are going in the right direction.”


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