Fisher Foods is putting its staff through testing times with a fresh training initiative from the Transport and General Workers Union. More than 200 employees from all areas of the frozen produce division have already completed a three day training session, run by TGWU senior tutor Ian Wood, as the company attempts to boost skill levels within the organisation. The supplier of own label frozen vegetables to retail, foodservice and manufacturing sectors called in Wood to work with staff on areas that include communications, employment law and health and safety. All participants from the packing and processing sectors successfully completed the programme. The course was supervised by Fisher Foods frozen produce divisions senior shop steward Neville Addison. He said: "The benefit of these courses is that they enable the Transport and General Workers Union and Fisher Foods to share each other's problems and come together to resolve those issues through training. The training helps to put into practice the best way of operating together in the workplace." The initiative coincides with the appointment of Vanessa Georgiou as Fisher Foods' human resources director. She will focus on increasing skill levels in the organisation, and developing HR policies to make sure they meet the demands of a competitive employment marketplace. Director Mary Sweeney said: "Our commitment to developing the highest levels of performance is at the heart of our drive towards increasing our strength in the food manufacturing industry." {{PEOPLE MOVES }}