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Turnock Ltd

Lights on for the Black Country Skills Factory

Walsall based manufacturer, Turnock Ltd are the only manufacturer of large, outdoor Christmas lights in the UK. They have recently gained new skills for their workforce via the Black Country Skills Factory.

The company specialise in working with councils on street Christmas light displays in towns up and down the country. Their clients include Birmingham Council, Wolverhampton Council, Kent council and they have even worked with Blackpool council on their world famous illuminations.

Gordon Stone is the Managing Director of Turnock and took up his post 19 years ago. When he took over the business they were close to closing down but Gordon introduced a large raft of changes and quickly turned the business around. They currently employ 25 people and are enjoying healthy sales and an impressive bottom line.

Gordon truly believes in his staff and their development. This is why he recently sent 3 of his team on a Black Country Skills Factory bite sized course in the application of Lean.

Tony Devey is a mould shop engineer. He has been with Turnock for 19 years and attended the fully funded training course. He said "The training was brilliant. It was great to be able to come back here and put into practice all the things I learnt in the bite sized courses. It’s definitely made a huge difference to the way I’ll do things”

Lewis Last and Corrie Lily are both apprentice engineers and have been with the company for less than 12 months. Lewis said "Gordon has been brilliant in helping me develop and the Lean course is another example. The trainer was a former Managing Director himself so I knew that everything he was teaching was from his real world experience. It’s definitely changed my attitude to the factory floor and I can already see ways to improve my efficiency”

Gordon has lead by example in every facet of his business and has found the courses invaluable. He said "I’ve looked everywhere for a similar provision and then I received an email from the Skills Factory. It was exactly what I was looking for not only for my established staff, but also for the new members to the team. The booking process was straight forward and since training is normally expensive, it was a surprise to see that the courses were all free! The Lean training has been great to remind my team of the basics but also to put new practices into place”

The Black Country Skills Factory bite sized courses are fully funded due to joint funding from the European Social Fund and the Skills Funding Agency. Topics include AutoCAD, Lean, Welding and many more and are provided by the region’s best training providers.


Tony Devey operating Turnocks biggest moulding machine