In the scope of EQIWBC TEMPUS activity DEV2.3 Development of training programs for employees and management together with EU partners, representatives from the University of Montenegro, University of Kragujevac, Technical College of Professional Studies Kragujevac and Business innovation centre LLC Kragujevac visited EU project partner Paulo & Beatriz - Consultores Associados, Lda (May 03-09, 2015).
P&B – Consultores Associados, Lda is specialised in providing training and technical services in three main domains: 1) Management systems (Quality – ISO 9001; Food Safety – ISO 22000, BRC, IFS; Environment – ISO 14001), 2) Environment and 3) Innovation and knowledge management. In the area of environment, P&B is involved in conducting training, consulting and auditing according to ISO 14001. P&B have collaboration with several universities, including some of the most important universities in Portugal with Environmental departments and courses.
During this visit, WBC representatives and P&B host: Pablo Baptista and Maria Beatriz Marques had a meeting with representatives of audit and certification body – APCER: Carla Pinto, executive director and Alexandra Ribeiro, business manager. They are present APCER group and its core activities: certification, education and training, audit and inspection and international cooperation. Because education and training are very important for the development of professionals involved in management systems implementation and certification, the main aim of the meeting was to introduce with APCER courses and trainings: Continuous training, Post graduations and Executive training.
WBC representatives also visited two companies. The first company, Pinhais & Co. Ltd, it is well known in the sector by manufacturing and producing the finest canned fish following the traditional processes. Mr. Pablo Baprista from P&B is their consultant in area of food quality and food safety. Pinhais & Co. Ltd has several certifications that show continuous commitment with food quality and food safety: quality management system based on the ISO 9001, quality and food safety according to IFS Food requirements, the certification of company according MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) for sustainable chain of production and commercialization of Portuguese sardines products. The second company was Fico Cables, Lda. which develops and produces gearshift systems, brake levers and mechanical cables. They have quality certification ISO TS 16949, ISO 14001 certification and OHSAS 18001 certification. Mrs. Maria Beatriz Marques from P&B is their consultant in area of automotive standard ISO TS 16949. In booth company WBC representatives visited the plant and get information about company and implemented quality management systems and quality control.
WBC representatives visited one more EU project partner, the University of Mihno. They had a meeting with Professor Goran Putnik and his associates Catia Alves and Carlos Carvalho. They discussed about preparation Intermediate project report, administrative and finance issues and further activities on project.