Theresa Griffin MEP witnesses Learning Agreement in Bolton

Theresa Griffin MEP was today in Bolton to visit the learning centre at JOST UK and to witness the signing of an Enhanced Learning Agreement between Jost and Unite the Union, in partnership with Blackpool and The Fylde College.

The learning centre first opened in February 2010 funded by the European Social Fund. Since then JOST, who took over Edbro plc in 2012 have put further investment into the centre.

To date over 100 employees have taken advantage of this facility for courses including: Warehouse NVQ’s, English, Maths, Digital Photography, Health & Safety, Spanish for beginners, Computing for beginners, European Computer Driving Licence, and German.

JOST is the worldwide leading producer of vehicle connection components for trucks and trailers and employs around 200 people at its Nelson Street site in Bolton.

Theresa Griffin, Labour MEP for the North West, said:
“It has been really interesting to meet with David Nesbitt from JOST, Unite shop stewards and learning reps today.

“It is absolutely key that employers provide good quality training and education to their staff and this is a great example of how that can happen. The facility is clearly well used and appreciated by members here and I hope it continues to go from strength to strength.”

Steve Turner, NW Learning Organiser for Unite the Union added:

“We are delighted to have Theresa Griffin MEP here today to support the learning initiative UNITE & JOST UK have brokered. The benefit to members opens doors to further education for life long learning.

“Unite is expanding its learning services to companies and sectors across the region for the benefit to members and the companies concerned.”