02/07/2018 – Schneider Electric, the leader in energy management and automation, has won accreditation under the Procurement Skills Accord. The Energy and Utilities Skills Partnership has recognised Schneider Electric’s achievement in staff training, as well as for encouraging skills development in the supply chain through procurement.
The UK energy and utilities industry faces a chronic skills shortage. An unprecedented number of experienced professionals are leaving the industry while there is a shortage of incomers with the valuable technical, operational and engineering skills needed to grow the sector in the UK.
In response to the country’s widening skills gap, the Energy and Utilities Skills Partnership created the Procurement Skills Accord. Signatories to the accord must promote and invest in the skills the sector needs, both in their own organisation and in their supplier network through procurement practice.
Signatories are awarded accreditation on proving significant progress and achievement in the accord’s five central commitments:
1. To address sector-wide skills gaps and shortages
2. To promote signing up to the accord through the supply chain
3. To promote relevant skills development across the supply chain through procurement
4. To continuously improve performance
5. To monitor and report
Schneider Electric obtained its accreditation thanks to its comprehensive skills and training initiatives, and the improvement it has achieved since signing up to the accord last year.
Staff learning is central to the company’s employee value proposition. Schneider Electric offers over 26,000 learning resources and opportunities to employees through functional academies and learning corners both on and off-network.
In 2017, the UK division recorded over 100,000 learning hours, with 85.7 per cent of employees achieving seven hours or more, exceeding the company’s global target. From the elected headcount, 6.5 per cent have gone on to achieve academic qualifications, including certificates, honours degrees and diplomas in electronic and electrical engineering.
Paul Edwards, Learning Solutions Manager at Schneider Electric, said: ‘Great people make Schneider Electric a great company. Attracting and retaining talent is key to our success, so we take staff training and development very seriously. To maintain our competitive advantage, we always strive to learn faster than the competition, prevent attrition and recognise emerging talent.’
Rebecca Clay, project co-ordinator at the Energy and Utilities Skills Partnership, said: ‘Energy is too important to the UK for the utilities sector to be without crucial skills. As technology marches on, it’s crucial that all companies help their staff acquire the training they need to achieve their potential. We’re already seeing great results under the Skills Accord initiative, with companies like Schneider Electric doing their bit to prepare our industry for its exciting, digital future.’