Going back to school pays off for Yorkshire Engineering firm

20 January 2017

Investment in training has been so successful for a specialist Castleford engineering company that they have outgrown their existing factory and are moving to larger premises to accommodate the sales boost.

Yorkshire Laser Fabrication (YLF) of Phillip Street implemented an extensive skills development programme after it expanded its specialist engineering team by five last summer.

Realising that to keep pace with customer demands for services they needed developing YLF sent three engineers to York University to enhance their CAD parametric modelling understanding and at the same time invested in developing the internal management team so they could help the firm transition to ISO 9001: 2015.

The combined training has lead to more high quality design and fabrication work that the Phillip Street company needs more space and is moving to a purpose built larger factory in nearby Normanton to accommodate the expansion.

Eventually YLF hopes to expand its existing team from 35 to 50 as it seeks further UK wide and international contracts.

“Our business has been built on high quality specialist laser cutting and fabrication engineering services to the power, heating, telecoms, medical, food and auto sectors,” said MD, Matthew Orford.

“We have successfully completed work for the Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai as well as supplying cabinets and light brackets for the telecoms and oil sectors respectively in hostile environments such as the North Sea. 

“I wanted to grow the engineering team and make sure they had the skills to take on more complex and detailed work.  We also wanted the ISO accreditation to go after bigger and better contracts. This puts us well placed to go after new customers in diverse sectors while maintaining service to our existing customers,” he added.

Matthew said that the skills funding from the LEP had been vital in enabling the business to complete it so soon to kick start the growth plans.

“The support that we’ve received from Leeds City Region LEP has been fantastic. As well as helping us secure new premises, we’ve completed three lots of completely different training that have really put the company in a strong position.

“We’re really looking to build on this now and the expansion into new premises in spring of this year is just one part of our ambitious expansion plans that we expect to really kick start our growth.”