Playdale Playgrounds

Playdale Playgrounds is a British playground design, manufacturing and installation company founded in 1978 by Jack and John Croasdale. The firm is based in Haverthwaite and makes playgrounds for schools, campsites, holiday parks and new housing developers. The business also exports internationally.

Not only does Playdale provide its customers with an experience, it takes the stress out of each project and helps its clients create the playground of their dreams.

Lynne Metcalfe is the firm’s HR manager, who oversees training.

She said: “Playdale Playgrounds has about 105 employees. Its head office is in Haverthwaite but we have a fabrication plant in Ulverston and a distribution warehouse in Lindal.

“We’ve used Furness College for a lot of our training needs for some time. They left me a flyer about their welding courses and it went from there.”

The business had previously looked into training in welding techniques but had struggled to find any training providers in the area that could accommodate them.

In time, three staff from Playdale Playgrounds went to Furness College for the welding course. The project was ESF fully funded through The Edge.

Learners began on level 1 and learnt how to weld using MIG, TIG and MMA techniques. Once the pass standard was obtained they progressed onto the level 2 course in MIG, TIG and MMA.

The learners that took part had some previous knowledge of welding but had no formal qualifications in the discipline. They wanted to further develop their skills and obtain a recognised qualification and ultimately obtain coding in the various welding methods.

Lynne said: “

“The successful learners are now able to use their new found skills in their workplace and have all applied for the coding in each of the welding techniques.

“As they proved to be very accomplished welders, they were able to offer help and advice to other learners who began the course. These words of wisdom allowed less experienced welders to improve their skills and were gratefully received.”