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ASO Learning factory tasks

Upskilling our Assessment Support Officer


Since returning to work, after Covid 19 restrictions, it has been an extremely busy time around the factory. In order to be able to provide a more inclusive service to our people on the EVOLVE work placement programme, our Assessment Support Officer, Sophie, has wanted to get more involved in learning the tasks in the factory.

 Sophie Orchard Toys2To begin with Sophie was shown the process of packing shredded paper, this included filing the specific bags with a certain weight of shredded paper and checking the weight on the scales. After this the bags need to be sealed using the sealing machine. To ensure errors are not made the bags need to be fed through the machine level to prevent the bag from dropping at one end and then being rejected through the quality assurance process.

After the bags are sealed, they can be packed in the correct boxes, with the correct number of bags in a box (this information is found on the customer information sheet and will vary depending on the product and the customer requirement).

Sophie found this to be an excellent learning process as it would allow her to coach and support people on work placements with these tasks.  Sophie really enjoyed working with the rest of the team and seeing how things worked in this type of environment.

Sophie Sealing bags V2As well as the pet bedding products Norfolk Industries also still produces a range of contract packing services, including work for Orchard Toys and packing worktop bolts for Quaytech. Both tasks work well for our volunteers with Aspergers, Autism or anxiety issues. Our quality record for these tasks remains high and our volunteers provide us with excellent feedback as to how they find these jobs and the skills that this gives them.