Supply Chain Sustainability School widens scope to support infrastructure sector

Paul Snell is managing editor at Supply Management
25 February 2015

The award-winning Supply Chain Sustainability School is expanding again, this time to provide support to the infrastructure sector.

Companies including major contractors and clients are backing the extension of the school, which will be officially launched at an event tomorrow, and will be funded by £285,000 investment from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

“The Supply Chain School has already delivered an immense step forward for sustainability in the construction sector. Now we want to help consolidate this with a dedicated service for the critical work of the infrastructure industry, from mega-projects to maintenance, road and rail to utilities,” said Shaun McCarthy, director of the school’s delivery partner, Action Sustainability.

The infrastructure group is made up of Balfour Beatty, BAM, Carillion, Galliford Try, Kier, Lafarge Tarmac, Laing O'Rourke, Morgan Sindall, Skanska, Sir Robert McAlpine and Vinci. It also includes clients National Grid and HS2 Ltd, and BRE and CEEQUAL are on board as knowledge partners.

The school was established in 2012 bringing construction companies together to enhance the sustainability of the supply chain in the sector by providing education and training on common issues. In 2013 the collaborative project was named overall winner at the CIPS Supply Management Awards.

“The infrastructure industry will create a change in the market when we all align for a common goal. The Supply Chain Sustainability School is a perfect, proven solution which will drive that step change in delivery and become the ‘go to’ resource,” said Nigel McKay, phase one construction procurement director at HS2 Ltd.

Last month the school expanded to offer support and training to suppliers in the facilities management sector.

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