Over the last year, we have collaborated with Pennon Group to become signatories of the Energy & Utility (EU) Skills Accord. The Energy & Utility (EU) Skills is an employer-led membership organisation that helps to ensure the gas, power, waste management and water industries have the skills they need – now and in the future.
Recently, The Energy & Utility Skills hosted an award ceremony in Birmingham to honour companies supporting the ‘Procurement Skills Accord’, a national initiative from the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership to encourage investment in training and skills across the supply chain. In its second year, the initiative is supported by 56 signatories, including nmcn! A staggering 38 companies were recognised for their pioneering efforts to transform investment in technical and operational skills, and we came away as winners.
The collaboration between Pennon Group, the EU Skills Accord and ourselves demonstrates our commitment to our Positive Impact Plan. This partnership will help us to create even more collaborative opportunities, to ensure more effective use of educational institutions and engagement resources (for example, schools, colleges and universities). It means we can minimise duplication of effort and deliver appropriate engagement for local and regional communities. Furthermore, it will also help us to maximise the Apprentice and Graduate scheme programmes as promotional outlets for engagement to the benefit of all our colleagues.
John Homer, Chief Executive of nmcn, said “Working collaboratively with Pennon Group to improve the sustainability of skills across our joint supply chain is something we are very proud of. The skills shortage in our industry is well documented and it is important we take action wherever possible to have a positive impact in this area.”
Phil Davies, Head of Procurement for Pennon Group Plc, added: “Our supply chain plays a crucial role in the delivery of our services to customers. This collaboration with nmcn will build more resilience into our technical talent pipeline and will be rolled out to our other suppliers. We already have a robust programme of upskilling our people, through training and development, and are now ensuring that similar schemes are continually applied within and across our supply chain.”
The Accord shows how structured collaboration between nmcn and our supply chain partners can increase investment in training, and build valuable resilience into the sector’s workforce which of course impacts on us all – our families and the communities in which we work and live.
The EU Skills Awards highlight the work and best practice of the companies striving to successfully deliver and cascade the Procurement Skills Accord’s five key challenging commitments to address sector-wide skills gaps and continuously improve skills performance across the supply chain.
Kate Davies, Chief Operating Officer at Energy & Utility Skills, commented: “Our ‘Procurement Skills Accord’ supporters have taken up the skills challenge in our industry and are delivering against the accord’s robust commitments, ensuring the sector proactively invests in training and development across the supply chain. It has also been encouraging to see that institutional investors are paying increasing attention to how companies invest in and optimise their human capital. I have been heartened by the wealth of best practice being shared across the sector. Through our collaboration we remain committed to building a diverse and inclusive pipeline of talent for the future.”
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