Sustainability Report 2021 - Page 19

Sustainability Report 2021
Mark Cowan
Head of HR Scottish Leather Group
In 2021 we will enter our ninth year of the SLG Academy . We have already developed 70 + apprentices across Manufacturing and Production and Maintenance Engineering .
We created the leather industry ’ s first recognised vocational qualifications , certified by the Scottish Qualifications Authority ( SQA ), building skills that benefit the whole manufacturing sector .
In 2021 we are widening our SLG Academy enhancing our offering to include career disciplines such as Laboratory , Production Support and Operational Excellence and extending our STEM commitments .
As well as promoting personal and professional development through our Performance Development Review process , in 2020 we launched our leadership and management development programme . This has equipped over 100 of our Managers , Supervisors and Team Leaders with the required skills to ensure they are successful in their roles , improving their overall confidence and helping them reach their full potential .
Some of our apprentices have gone on to more advanced positions , having graduated or currently attending University to gain degrees in Leather Technology and Engineering and Design and Manufacturing .
We are supporting Science , Technology , Engineering and Mathematics ( STEM ) education and have a dedicated team who educate students of all genders and from all socio-economic backgrounds in local schools about the leather making process and how STEM subjects are vital across our industry .
Science , technology , engineering and mathematics form the backbone of leather manufacture , and by working with local schools and engaging with community fairs , we hope to not only recruit the next generation of leather technologists , but also bridge the gender gap in STEM industries .
We look forward with enthusiasm to a new STEM program being developed for 2021 / 22 with Bridge of Weir Primary School and working with the students to create the leather interiors for their electric vehicle project .