Eco Genics prove their staff are the best in the business

A Dumfriesshire business has become a world leader in their industry for their dedication to raising standards through investing in their workforce. Eco Genics Ltd, based in Creca near Annan, has expanded dramatically since its creation in 2010, with their ice-blasting manufacturing and cleaning services in demand by an increasingly prestigious client base.

The company wanted to recognise the skills of their employees and, after discussions with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), they realised that Customised Awards were the ideal solution. SQA Customised Awards appealed to Eco Genics as they are universally recognised qualifications which, through working in partnership with SQA, they were able to tailor to the specific needs of the business.

Eco Genics were guided through the process of creating the awards by SQA, and Eco Genics Managing Director Eddie Black says their support was invaluable: “From first approach to last, their insight, knowledge and contactability has been fantastic.”

Eco Genics are now the proud owners of three SQA Customised Awards and their staff have embraced the opportunity to learn new skills whilst gaining a recognised qualification.

Stuart Dalgliesh, Process Manager at Eco Genics, has enhanced his computing skills, and his knowledge of health and safety issues. On being the first employee to achieve the new Dry Ice Blast Cleaning qualification he says: “I’m always proud to work for Eco Genics and to be the first through it and have that qualification, it makes you feel good.”

Eco Genics Training Manager Silvia Oliveira explains that by being able to prove to themselves and others that they are doing their job to the highest standard, her team has received a confidence boost. She says: “Quality was the reason we developed these awards. It was not enough to just be part of the crowd, we wanted to prove excellence.”

Eddie Black is proud of his staff, and says that through SQA Customised Awards he can demonstrate to clients that they are the best in the industry: “Our company values are to create self-worth and empowerment. Without going the extra mile and investing in our people that won’t happen. It has provided our employees with a clear route of progression which in turn has unearthed a few diamonds in the rough. It sets us apart from the competition and proves that the ECO group takes competency extremely seriously”.

Eco Genics could soon be delivering their SQA Customised Awards around the world, as global tyre company Pirelli are interested in the qualifications being available to their own staff.

Closer to home, Eco is about to build a new state of the art facility that will bring all their provision under one roof. This is part of a long-term plan to create a brand legacy within the Dumfries and Galloway region.

Eco Genics are set to continue upskilling the local workforce. Eddie is excited when he talks about their plans for the future: “We have other processes we would like to qualify, so we will keep working with SQA for a very long time!”

More information on SQA Customised Awards can be found at www.sqa.org.uk/customisedawards.