Raise a glass to Ardagh learners

PRIDE: David Johnson receives his NVQ certificates from lecturer Donna Adams
PRIDE: David Johnson receives his NVQ certificates from lecturer Donna Adams

a MAN who has worked as a cleaner at Ardagh Glass for ten years has completed NVQs at Doncaster College along with 14 colleagues.

Catering, cleaning and security staff from the company’s site in Wheatley spent 18 months studying for the vocational qualifications in subjects such as customer service and safety after being approached by the college.

They received their certificates at a ceremony in the Terry Gater Training Centre last month.

David Johnson, 60, from Dunscroft, said his maths and English skills were very poor before taking part in the courses.

He added that as well as gaining new qualifications, he has also found a new sense of pride.

“I used to be shy but now I’m more out of my shell,” he said.

“I’m much more confident and I do a better job because of it.”

The 15 workers are contracted to Ardagh from food and support services company Eurest.

Many have now chosen to continue their studies for other qualifications.

Donna Adams, the lecturer involved in the training of the staff, said: “They all worked very hard to achieve so many NVQs in such a short space of time.

“They all kept on wanting to do more, alongside working hard for their company.”

Michelle Darley from Eurest, who manages the catering, cleaning and security staff at Ardagh, said: “Thanks to Donna and Doncaster College for getting in touch and offering the courses.

“Having completed the courses, staff have been encouraged to take on new challenges and have much more confidence.”