Albert Henry Interiors have been operatingfor six years. They specialise in hand crafted furniture and joinery for housebuilders and their own private clients with bespoke design requirements.
In 2015 Stewart Lansdowne, Managing Director, first approached machinery specialists DaltonsWadkin for machinery certificated operator training and servicing.
The facility at Albert Henry Interiors is home to an impressive collection of refurbished classical machinery, including Wadkin and Phillipson. Stewart and the team are all highly experienced joiners and machine operators, but certificated operator training is still required to ensure safety and efficiency in the workshop.
As a PIABC quality assured training organisation, the Daltons Wadkin ‘red team’ of operator trainers are all time served machinists with a minimum of 10 years’ experience in the industry. The training courses are tailored based on the candidates experience and knowledge, ensuring the operators themselves and the types of work they carry out are considered. Training is practical and hands-on, carried out at the customers premises on their own machines.
Due to the experience level of the candidates at Albert Henry Interiors, operator trainer, Ian, was able to carry out certificated refresher training on two machines in one day. The timing of the day allowed for all four trainees to demonstrate their expertise on the machinery until Ian was satisfied with their ability. With experienced operators it is common to see initial reluctance to undergo refresher training on machinery they have been using for years, but with the right course structure there is always something new to be learned.
“I am technically fully qualified, through years of experience, but I have found the extra information and refreshing of the safety measures regarding the setup and the safety procedures on the tenoner and spindle really useful”. “Mainly for me it’s been a question of catching up with the latest legislation. I’ve been doing this for 40 years, but the legislation does change, and it’s been good to have a refresher”, Mark, Machine Operator
On completion of the course, operators receive a detailed training manual for each machine type, certificate of training, and a handy ID card detailing the training received. Having already established a long working relationship with Daltons Wadkin, Stewart Lansdowne did not hesitate to let us know the training was highly received, commenting that the timing of the day was ‘perfect, our joiners were very satisfied with the course’, and when asked if he would recommend Daltons Wadkin for operator training, he replied, ‘yes – very informative, approachable, and efficient”.