Smurfit Kappa – Investing in People

With the current Brexit climate reportedly having an impact on some businesses within Northern Ireland, one company that is strategically planning for the future and preparing their people for management and leadership is Lurgan-based manufacturer, Smurfit Kappa.

The paper-based packaging solutions company has invested in the development of employees by teaming up with local training consultancy, Square Box. Undertaking a range of tailored training programmes with Square Box, renowned for their unique and unconventional delivery, 25 of Smurfit Kappa’s senior leaders and managers across various levels within the company, will benefit from the training which has been specially created to suit their individual developmental needs.

The training is focused on leadership and managerial development, with an additional culture programme scheduled to begin in January. Smurfit Kappa has identified a need to support and upskill the leadership and managerial team to ensure maximum performance in order that they have the necessary toolkit to support their strategic development plans going forward.

Paul Friar, General Manager at Smurfit Kappa said, “The key to the strategic development of Smurfit Kappa is investing in our employees. We spent a long time selecting a learning development partner that was not only the correct fit, but also understood our needs and could demonstrate how they could add value to our business. That’s why we chose Square Box.”

Paul continued, “Building on the success of the innovative training that Square Box delivered, we are excited to be moving forward into phase two, which will run for the next 12 months, expanding upon key aspects of the first year’s programme. Working with them, they have created a clear focus and vision, as well as given us a toolkit that will ensure we have the capability and resilience to deliver in the months and years ahead.”

Business Development Consultant at Square Box, Alison Carroll spoke about their collaboration with Smurfit Kappa. She said, “Working with Smurfit Kappa is a fantastic opportunity for our team. The company approached us initially saying they wanted to develop their employees further and we created a bespoke leadership and management development programme for them.

“The initial programme was a huge success and attendees wholly embraced our practical, fun and challenging training techniques. Employees now operate as a cohesive team with increased capability. Individually they have greater self-awareness, have grown in confidence and are more decisive. All in all, the culture of Smurfit Kappa has benefited greatly from the training.

“Following on from the success of that programme, stage two is to work with the rest of the team to embed these tools to ensure all of Smurfit Kappa’s employees are speaking the same language, on the same page and using the same processes. This will assist in enhancing the culture within the business to ensure they take full advantage of the opportunities that they are creating both now and in the future.

“We are also delighted at how the training has engaged employees and given them the opportunity to further their career within Smurfit Kappa. I look forward to the continued training and making a difference to this global manufacturing company.”

Square Box’s unique, interesting and fun delivery is unlike that of other training providers, which has resulted in the company working with many reputable global organisations. Impressively, Square Box has a 100% repeat customer rate, over their 20 years in business.

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