Tell us about your company?
NAC Group originated in the North East some 10 years ago and has very close links with Nissan motors and members of it supply chain. NAC provides training that meets the needs of the automotive industry. NAC Training in Bromborough opened its doors on the 7th January 2013. NAC Training aims to prepare individuals ready for work in the engineering, manufacturing and logistics industries. This is currently achieved through the delivery of a six week programme: the first three weeks focuses on Lean Manufacturing, developing hand skills, teambuilding, problem solving and decision making. The second three weeks provide the learners with employability skills; building on their confidence and understanding of recruitment processes. We ensure they have the support and understanding needed to tackle gaining employment. NAC Group has a partnership with Apple and is committed to providing innovative training; within our Smartclubs all learners use iPads to build on their current IT knowledge. Our course has an emphasis towards the automotive industry however all skills learnt are transferrable. Learners are referred to us via Job Centre Plus and other Works Programme providers; our sole aim is to put individuals back into employment. To date we have placed 200 into employment and this number is increasing all the time.
Where do you want the business to be in two years?
I would like the centre at Bromborough to become a centre of Excellence in Lean Manufacturing and Logistics, providing a resource across the North West that is world class. On one hand we would aim to deliver training to individuals seeking employment through academy and traineeship programmes whilst also providing bespoke courses to companies who are seeking to make their industry leaner and greener. In order to achieve this it would be necessary to strike up partnerships with automotive manufacturing, engineering and the logistics industries; tying in with the exciting projects taking place within the North West area including the Super Port and Automotive Retail Park.
"...I would like the centre at Bromborough to become a centre of Excellence in Lean Manufacturing and Logistics, providing a resource across the North West that is world class."
What is your background?
I live in North Wales with my wife and step daughter. My eldest son lives in Chester and the younger one has recently moved to Sheffield attending Hallam University. I was a Police officer in the Cheshire Constabulary for 23 years, serving on traffic, motorway, air support and training duties. I started at Ellesmere Port in 1978 and my career moved me around Cheshire, even serving for a time at Liverpool Airport. After leaving the Police I ran my own Driver Development business for 11 years called Minding Driving, looking at the behavioural aspects of driving. For a good deal of the 11 years the company ran accredited response driving courses to fire services at several International Airports in the UK and abroad including Qatar. For two and half years I was sub-contracted to the Highways Agency delivering training to Traffic Officers and Management, based in Tewkesbury. I then worked at a company called CES delivering driver training, H&S, 5S and warehouse training before starting with NAC in January 2013 as a tutor. Three months later I was appointed as Site Manager within NAC in Bromborough.
If you could suggest one thing to Government which would help business growth what would it be?
To enable individuals to gain employment, red tape should be reduced and fewer restrictions placed on training establishments in order to attract a wider and more varied audience. This would provide a ‘real’ opportunity for all age groups.
What do you do to relax away from the office?
Well, when I am not working at home, I love taking my two German Shepherd dogs out along the coastal path in North Wales and sometimes I might take my wife too. I find walking and talking in the fresh air is a good way to relax and unwind. I also love chocolate.
What hobbies do you have?
I follow motorsport very closely and still have aspirations to be Sebastian Vettel. I try and keep fit when I can, both running and cycling. I love music particularly Pink Floyd, I find their music inspirational.
Have you any hidden talents that don’t know about?
I have been a ROSPA advanced driving examiner for 30 years, conducting tests in all types of vehicles.
What one piece of advice would you give an 18 years old George Smith starting out today?
One piece of advice I would give is ‘don’t quit’. Sometimes the end goal seems in the far distance but success is failure turned inside out. Keep focussed and positive and make sure you have a good support mechanism around you.
Any final thoughts?
From January 2014 we are commencing our 12 week YES traineeship programme that is designed to tackle youth unemployment. Please see our website for further information www.na-c.co.uk/training Any employers who would like to provide meaningful work experience and be part of the YES Programme please contact us on 0151 334 2022; we would really like to hear from you.
Since NAC Group located to Wirral in late 2012 it has continually striven to provide opportunities for people of all ages to gain important skills which will help them on a career path. If you would like to find out more about how it all works and what it could do for your business then George and his team would be delighted to hear from you, just check out www.na-c.co.uk/training and get in touch.