FACTORY workers will be making life even sweeter after a major training drive at a Blackpool confectioner.
A total of 1,500 workers at Tangerine Confectionery on Clifton Road, Marton, the largest independent sweet manufacturer in Europe, had their skills brought up to date following a massive investment from temporary worker supplier Gap Personnel .
The firm is the sole supplier of staff to Tangerine Confectionery’s production sites and invested £25,000 in the major training programme.
The sweet company is one of the Fylde coast’s biggest success stories and produces many of the UK’s most well-known brands such as Barratt Sherbet Fountain, Princess Marshmallows, Taveners and Butterkist Popcorn.
Workers at the Blackpool site successfully completed new courses in food hygiene, with all the up-to-date techniques and practices needed for modern sweet production.
Mark Shortell, group HR manager for Tangerine Confectionery, said: “It is crucial our workers are fully skilled and up to date with the latest regulatory requirements and to have all this funded and managed by Gap was terrific for us.
“We have been very pleased with the results from the training programme provided.
“Gap looked after everything and worked very flexibly around us, enabling us to get on with doing what we do best.”
Gap Personnel provides a range of workers to Tangerine Confectionery’s seven sites. These include production operatives, warehouse operators and packers.
It also provides permanent workers including administrative workers, engineers and team leaders.
Operations director Emma Ceballos, added: “At Gap Personnel we add value through bespoke and flexible solutions and this includes training.
“We believe it is very important to provide bespoke training to our clients to ensure their workforce is fully skilled and complies with the latest health, safety and hygiene requirements.
“The training we provided for Tangerine, for new starters and refreshers for existing staff, was delivered at the various sites and the timings were flexible to ensure there was no disruption to production schedules and shift patterns.”