Costain Academy Welcomes Suppliers
4 February 2016
Costain recently completed its latest Supply Chain Academy, which supports and develops the small to medium sized businesses it works with.
The latest course - the seventh to date – focused on organisations working on two major projects in South Wales: the A465 Heads of the Valleys project and the ABC South Wales Electrification project.
Led by Sarah-Jane Waith and Stefan Iles from Costain’s Supply Chain team and in partnership with CECA Wales, the course was held at the newly constructed National Training Centre on the A465.
For the latest academy intake, Costain welcomed 21 suppliers. Over the course of five months, representatives from Costain’s supply chain covered 24 modules over 11 full days of training across a range of subject areas.
The modules included both hard and soft skills, mixing business skills in finance, contract management, quality, and behavioural safety with personal skills like performance management, human resources, negotiation skills and social media training.
The academy was launched in 2012 to align Costain’s supply chain partners with the high standard of training and development adopted across the Group. The initiative is also is in line with Costain Cares, the Company’s vision to build a longer-term sustainable business that creates economic, environmental and social value.
Feedback from all of the suppliers was positive. Paul Bryant, Director of TEMA Engineering, said:
“The explanation of the detailed legal requirements for our business was presented very well and for TEMA Engineering, as an SME, the Academy has been invaluable.”
Carl Roberts, Managing Director of CR Civil Engineering, added: “Costain was very open with the information it provided and their commitment to the improving the knowledge and skills of its supply chain is commendable.”
Commenting on the latest Supply Chain Academy intake, Sarah-Jane Waith, Head of Supply Chain for Highways, Power & New Nuclear at Costain, said: “The commitment and enthusiasm from our supply chain to improve their knowledge and skills is highly commended. I appreciate the time they took out of their own businesses to improve their own knowledge base in order to improve their own businesses and ultimately help upskill the industry.”
Costain Communications Department