Three cheers for VEKA nominations
April 27, 2018
As one of Burnley’s biggest employers, and a proud contributor to East Lancashire’s economy, VEKA Group is delighted to have been shortlisted in not one, but three different categories at the well-known Red Rose Business Awards.
The PVC-U profile manufacturer is no stranger to the celebrations, having won the coveted ‘Large Business Award’ just last year. 2018 sees VEKA Group shortlisted for: ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’, ‘Employer of the Year’ and the new ‘In-House Training’ award.
Head of HR Gabriela Hammond explains: “We’re very pleased to have been shortlisted for three Red Rose Awards. We were named best Large Business in 2017 and we’re hopeful that our efforts will be rewarded in another category this year. We know that competition is stiff in our area, and we’re proud to be up against the ‘cream of the crop’ of Lancashire businesses.
“Putting the different award submissions together was a great opportunity to reflect on all the hard work that goes on at VEKA and the diverse ways in which the team have supported the local community recently. Together, we’ve raised more than £40,000 for regional charities in the last three years, and our community work has seen staff members mentoring students from local schools during partnership programmes that have proved to be mutually beneficial.
“When it comes to in-house training, we are very proud of our apprenticeship programme with record numbers of placement opportunities offered this year and we’ve also been able to put 70 employees through the BIT (Business Improvement Techniques) programme to enable them to gain NVQ qualifications while at work. Training spend has increased year on year, and while many companies might look to reduce this budget first, 2017 saw us invest £175,000 in training personnel.
“VEKA was named ‘Employer of the Year’ at last year’s Burnley Business Awards, so it would be phenomenal to win in this category at the Red Rose Awards too! 91% of our 380-strong workforce live within the BB postcode area and we know that the company couldn’t continue to be as successful as it is without the ongoing commitment of our hard-working staff. That’s why we do everything we can to make VEKA a fantastic place to work, with plenty of praise, support, social events, opportunities for career progression and more.
“Whether or not we take home the trophies, we’re very proud to have made the Awards shortlist in three categories and been recognised for the hard work we put in. I, for one, am thoroughly looking forward to visiting Blackpool’s glamorous Winter Gardens for the Awards Ceremony in March.”
For more info about career opportunities at VEKA, visit https://vekauk.com/about-us/working-at-veka/