New apprenticeships designed to train people how to improve efficiency in the workplace are being offered.

Household and garden product manufacturer Keter has teamed up with Truro and Penwith College to develop the two Business Improvement Apprenticeships.

The aim of the roles is to help existing managers and team leaders improve the effectiveness of working practises.

New apprentices start in March; the role is for 14 months and is open to all organisations.

The training is catered towards SMEs who will be entitled to 95 per cent of the training costs.

Apprenticeships are available at level three for managers responsible for department processes and level four for senior managers whose remit inculdes multiple departments or whole organisations.

Learners will be supported to identify and address opportunities to improve efficiency in the workplace and ultimately, profitability.

Adele Bull, programme team leader at Truro and Penwith College Business said: “The college is thrilled to announce the launch of these apprenticeships and to supplement the outstanding level of industry experience on our management training team with Gary Schultz who is responsible for process improvement at Keter, which has a proven track record of delivering lean manufacturing on the world stage.

“The programmes are suitable for businesses in any sector and aligns perfectly with our aim of providing training that makes a real difference, supporting employers to deliver real workplace objectives and ultimately boost the wider Cornish economy.”

Gary Schultz, European continuous improvement manager at Keter, said: “Keter is looking forward to the opportunity of collaborating and networking with other like-minded companies within Cornwall, in order to promote lean and its benefits to business.”

Interested businesses are invited to join the College and Gary Schultz at Keter’s Redruth based factory to find out more at a Business Improvement Tour and Taster Session on Tuesday 21 January. Places are limited and attendees are required to register their interest for the event by contacting Truro and Penwith College Business on; or 01872 242711.