procurement skills accord

VGC was recognised at a virtual awards ceremony today (9 June), hosted by the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership.

We are one of 46 companies to win Procurement Skills Accord awards for 2019-2020.

The awards were hosted by the chief executive of Ofwat, Rachel Fletcher, and E.ON UK chief executive, Michael Lewis. Michael is also chair of the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership. Forty-six energy and utilities and supply chain companies were recognised for their efforts to transform investment in technical and operational skills.

Nick Ellins, chief executive of Energy & Utility Skills, said:

“The Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership launched this initiative to drive new levels of investment into the workforce. It also aims to meet the 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 (PSA) award. The winners should be proud of their achievements, as the audit 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.”

VGC was accepted as a signatory to the PSA last year.

“The PSA award recognises our commitment to skills development,” said Ciara Pryce, VGC’s group services director. “We know how important it is to invest in people, and to develop the technical and operational skills that the sector needs.

“Coronavirus is making things challenging for our sector. We are moving much of our training online, and working with our providers to ensure that we don’t lose the momentum we built up last year with the VGC Academy.”

About the Procurement Skills Accord

The Procurement Skills Accord is a national initiative from the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership to encourage increased investment in targeted training and skills across the supply chain.

In its third year, the initiative is supported by 67 signatories, an increase of 20% from last year. As a signatory organisation, we are working collaboratively within the sector to drive continuous skills improvements.

The PSA aims to improve procurement practices to deliver a sustainably skilled workforce for the future. It focuses on formal training programmes, targeting areas of current and future technical skills shortages, to ensure impact in the right place.

A series of five commitments requires companies to drive skills development within their own business, and to encourage their supply chain to do the same.

  1. Address sector-wide skills gaps and shortages
  2. Promote signing up to the accord through the supply chain
  3. Promote relevant skills development across the supply chain through procurement
  4. Continuously improve performance
  5. Monitor and report

Since the PSA’s inception in 2017:

  • Skills are now a key consideration within procurement.
  • Skills embedded into procurement processes provide real support to supply chain organisations.
  • Training activity has increased significantly with more apprenticeship training in the supply chain.

See the Energy & Utility Skills website for more information. The website has a list of all the companies which have signed up to the Procurement and Skills Accord.

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