We are pleased to announce that nmcn have received the Procurement Skills Accord from Energy and Utility Skills for the second year running!
The Procurement Skills Accord (PSA) is a national initiative from the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership to encourage increased investment in targeted training and skills across the supply chain.
The virtual ceremony was hosted by E.ON UK Chief Executive, Michael Lewis and Chief Executive of Ofwat, Rachel Fletcher.
Supply chain and procurement professionals from across the country joined the online event, with 46 organisations receiving the prestigious award.
This award recognises our efforts to sustain a skilled workforce, and provide exemplary support to the supply chain to identify and resolve skills issues.
In a series of successful audits, we demonstrated a significant investment in training and upskilling across the business and supply chain, where both technical and operational competencies were assessed inline with best practice. We achieved an overall pass rate of 99%.
John Homer, Chief Executive, said: “Our talented supply chain offers skills and expertise that bolsters our inhouse capabilities. It’s important that we continue to support our supply chain and build great working relationships, by learning from one another, and providing training that can add value to our customers and enhance our overall service offering.
“Health and safety remains our main priority, as we continue to invest heavily in training. We have a robust system in place to ensure that our people, and those we choose to work with, are competent in their roles and are working in compliance with best practice standards.
“It is thanks to the consistent hard work and commitment of our people that we are able to provide a high standard of training, which extends to our wider supply chain. It is great to see how these efforts are providing great professional development opportunities, and creating space for collaboration and innovation.”
Nick Ellins, Chief Executive of Energy & Utility Skills, added: “The Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership launched this initiative to drive new levels of investment into the workforce, but also to directly meet the explicit challenge set out by HM Treasury to invest in skills through changes in procurement practice.
“Both challenges have been successfully met. I am delighted to see 46 organisations achieve this year’s Procurement Skills Accord Award, and the winners should be proud of their achievement as the process is deliberately rigorous and challenging. Through partnership and by influencing culture changes, the asset owners and their supply chain are making a real difference when it comes to enhancing technical and operational skills.”
We are one of 67 signatories of Energy and Utility Skills, of which 46 achieved this award. Working with our onboarding partner Pennon on EU Skills Accord, we continue to build on this relationship, which has helped us to create collaborative opportunities, and ensure the effective use of educational institutions and engagement resources.
Our signatory status has also helped us to maximise the Apprentice and Graduate scheme programmes as promotional outlets for engagement to the benefit of all our colleagues.
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