Prism aims to become lean machine

STAFF at Prism Electronics in St Ives are training to improve their business techniques through the government-funded Techniques NVQ Level 2 in business improvement. The course will help employees to streamline their approach, in a process described as ma

STAFF at Prism Electronics in St Ives are training to improve their business techniques through the government-funded Techniques NVQ Level 2 in business improvement.

The course will help employees to streamline their approach, in a process described as making the business "leaner".

Eight delegates are taking the NVQs, including customer service administrators, production operatives, team leaders, logistics and process specialists.

The course is run with Cambridge Regional College, where the first session was held, with subsequent sessions being held at Prism's premises in St Ives.

David Bance, Prism's head of operations, said: "The Business Improvement Techniques NVQ programme provides industry-standard qualifications centred on the proven tools and techniques of lean manufacturing.

"It is designed to support continuous improvement by promoting effective team working and developing lean skills across the Prism workforce.

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"The objective of the NVQ in Business Improvement Techniques (BIT) is to improve business performance as a whole. Staff will ensure leaner business practices to reduce waste and deliver the best possible service to our customers.