Export successes scoop this year's CPD Employer of the Year award
03 October 2013
Irish engineering’s export successes featured strongly at the 2013 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Employer of the Year Awards, with Dromone Engineering and Abbott Ireland sharing the top prize of Overall CPD Employer of the Year.
Both companies export the vast majority of their products, demonstrating their engineering expertise to the global market. This is only the second time in the ten-year history of the awards, which are hosted by Engineers Ireland, that the judges have elected joint winners.
Dromone Engineering, based in Meath, has positioned itself as a tier-one supplier of pick-up hitch and coupler solutions to some of the largest blue-chip original equipment manufacturers. It scooped the top honour for its achievement in taking a strategic approach to CPD – this has transformed the business, resulting in drastic cost reductions, major quality gains, a competitive edge on the international market and significant revenue growth.
Abbott Ireland shared the top honour for its achievement in developing a CPD framework that accelerated the sharing of ideas and lessons learned across its sites in Cavan and Sligo. Structured CPD programmes in energy management and Lean Six Sigma have led to a production improvement, in the last six months alone, of 20 per cent along one fill finish line.
Other winners included the Corps of Engineers Defence Forces, which received the award for alignment of CPD policy, committee and strategy; Boston Scientific, Clonmel was awarded for adaptability, creativity and innovation; ComReg won recognition for external learning linkages; and Boston Scientific, Galway was awarded for knowledge sharing and knowledge management.
The winners were announced at the 10th annual Engineers Ireland CPD Symposium, which took place on Wednesday (2nd October) in Dublin’s Clyde Court Hotel.
CREDIBILITY OPENS DOORS
Speaking at the symposium, Tom Kelly, head of manufacturing, global sourcing and competitiveness at Enterprise Ireland, told delegates that “credibility opens doors” when engineering companies try to crack international markets.
‘Engineers sell to engineers,” he said, “and in sales, it’s vital to be able to listen to potential customers’ problems and come up with solutions. Nobody can do that better than engineers and being chartered gives you the edge when it comes to credibility. Being able to demonstrate that you meet high standards of engineering excellence is a clear advantage when it comes to generating business.”
Delegates heard that the first steps had been taken to developing a new standard in operational excellence. The NSAI, in collaboration with Enterprise Ireland, the University of Limerick and IBEC, has produced the Irish standard document for Lean, called ‘SWiFT 11: Driving Competitiveness Using Lean’.
This standard is aimed at helping any Irish company to get started on the Lean journey. The SWiFT 11 standard is part of a national effort to help Irish businesses become more efficient and effective in the provision of their services and products, whether for the domestic or international market.
Tommy Fanning, IDA Ireland’s global head of engineering, industrial and clean technologies, added that Ireland’s flexible workforce, openness to foreign investors and positive attitude to globalisation can give the country a competitive advantage amongst other nations. “But we have to scale up for international success and today’s award winners have shown us how CPD can facilitate this. It’s not just for multinationals – traditional, indigenous engineering companies should maximise their potential through CPD, too.
“We need more people to champion professional development in indigenous companies,” he concluded, “because, in my experience, the difference between companies that are CPD accredited and those that aren’t is striking.”http://www.engineersjournal.ie/2013/10/03/export-successes-scoop-cpd-employer-award/http://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Awards-1024x683.jpeghttp://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Awards-300x300.jpegNewsCPD,Engineers Ireland,exports