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Investment in people crucial for success; CIVIL AND MARINE SLAG CEMENT: Staff training programme wins company the Investors in People award.

A SOUTH Wales company which recycles waste product from the giant Corus steelmaking plant at Port Talbot is putting learning at the top of its business agenda.

Civil and Marine Slag Cement's new pounds 12m grinding plant adjacent to the steelworks has invested heavily in training its staff and has just achieved an Investors in People award, Britain's top people development accolade.

Wales's leading learning organisation, the National Council of Elwa (Education and Learning Wales), has been supporting the company with its training investment programme through the widely-acclaimed Investors in People scheme.

As the body responsible for upskilling the Welsh workforce, Elwa is continuing to back this year's prestigious The Western Mail Business Week in Wales Awards - as a main sponsor and through supporting the People Development Company of the Year.

Fourteen staff are employed at the modern high-tech plant, which manufactures ground, granulated blast-furnace slag (GGBS) for use as a constituent of concrete.

GGBS has been used in a wide range of building projects such as the Baglan Bay Power Station, the Botanical Gardens and M4 motorway as well as in housing sites and factory developments, and is also used in precast concrete manufacture.

Other major projects supplied by the company's sister plants at Llanwern and Purfleet include the Second Severn Crossing, the Millennium Stadium and the Channel Tunnel terminal at Folkestone.

Plant manager Nigel Underwood said, "We are part of a progressive company and to stay a leader in our field, investing and training in our staff is of the utmost importance.

"That is why we are pleased that Elwa has supported us with our staff development and training, with working for and achieving Investors in People.

Learning not only works, it benefits the ongoing success for your business.

Richard Hart, Elwa's director for South West Wales, said, "This is a forward-looking and high-tech company which is not only successful in its field of supplying a quality raw material for the construction industry, but their process is helping conservation and the environment by using recycled material and is helping to support steelmaking at Port Talbot.

"The management and staff at Civil and Marine Slag Cement Limited have put training and learning at the top of their agenda to ensure they continue to be a successful business."


CELEBRATING: Elwa's Investors in People adviser, Marion Straker (back row, middle), celebrates with staff from Marine and Cement Slag Ltd of Port Talbot on their IIP success
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 11, 2002
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