Doncaster-based engineering firm benefits from Skills Bank support

Thanks to new software and staff training, Polydon Industries has now extended its product design capabilities

A Doncaster-based production engineering company has benefited from bespoke software training part-funded through South Yorkshire Skills Bank.

Polydon Industries manufactures components, assemblies and equipment for industries including oil and gas, agriculture, rail, defence and energy.

South Yorkshire Growth Hub's business advisers recommended that Polydon Industries could upskill a number of its staff through bespoke training on a 3D software design system it had recently bought called SolidWorks.

SolidWorks put together a bespoke training plan, based on Polydon's requirements, which involved nine staff undertaking four days of intensive training in sales, design, development and manufacture using its latest software.

Thanks to the software and the Skills Bank training, Polydon Industries has now extended its product design capabilities, which includes carrying out stress analysis of materials for the production of components for industries including oil and gas, agriculture, rail, defence and the energy sectors.

Harold Howard, managing director at Polydon Industries, said: "Overall as a business we have been able to become more competitive, increase our turnover and access markets that we could not have done before as we can now offer a full design package. We have been able to attract new customers and now work with businesses on a global basis offering them a fully animated 3D design which we can prototype and test before it goes into manufacture. These capabilities really do give us a competitive edge.

"The Skills Bank funding has made a real difference as it has enabled us to extend our services and enhance our capabilities. It means we are much more a design and development-focused business, rather than being purely a manufacturer. The training has enabled staff to get the most out of the SolidWorks software package along with making our whole sales, design and manufacturing processes more efficient."

Julie Mather, skills adviser at the South Yorkshire Growth Hub, added: "It is fantastic to hear that Polydon Industries has experienced such a major impact to its business since staff undertook the Skills Bank training. 

"Since the pandemic, many manufacturers have taken advantage of Skills Bank funding to enable their staff to enhance their skills. This is having major benefits in enabling them to meet industry challenges and address the skills shortage that exists across many sectors."

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