National recognition has been given to the long-term partnership between foodservice equipment manufacturer, Mechline, and MK Snap, a Milton Keynes based charity for people with learning disabilities.
The relationship, which has lasted almost three decades, is shortlisted for the national Third Sector Business Charity Awards – and sits amongst a line-up including Deloitte, Sky and Network Rail.
MK Snap is an education and skill-building charity for people with learning disabilities. Mechline outsource part of the labelling, cleaning and packaging of its Dormont commercial kitchen gas hoses to MK Snap – whose fully trained learners work together under the supervision of a tutor to follow Mechline’s established procedures. The finished product is then collected and checked by Mechline before being distributed across the UK.
Mechline believes that people with learning disabilities gain skills and a sense of achievement and purpose assembling components of its Dormont gas connectors. It should build skills, confidence and work-readiness and has led to jobs for people with learning disabilities that may not have been possible.
Today, MK Snap supports more than 65 adults a day and the assembly of Mechline Dormont gas connectors is reportedly a favourite skill-building project on the timetable.
Kristian Roberts, marketing manager at Mechline Developments, commented: “Over the years, MK Snap has been able to provide a wide range of skillsets to cover the broad range of production assembly tasks that we have set them. They provide a good reliable service, and the quality is excellent.
“We find the added expense and commercial time taken to outsource this work an investment to be very proud of. It’s a wonderful relationship. The scheme is currently on hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but all parties look forward to it beginning again as soon as possible after the current situation improves and it is safe to do so.”
The results of the awards shortlisting process is due this month.