The Skills Accord

The Skills Accord: Driving a skills step change in training investment through procurement


The Energy and Utilities Skills Partnership (formerly the Energy Efficiency Industrial Partnership) set the challenge: can procurement practices be leveraged to encourage investment in training and development across the supply chain? The answer to the question was yes and the solution developed was the Skills Accord.

The Skills Accord is designed to promote and lock-in sustained investment in the technical and operational skills the sector needs most via procurement practices.

The Skills Accord has five robust and challenging commitments that require signatory companies to ensure that responsible procurement practices are used to drive investment in skills through the delivery of contracts. The ultimate aim is for it to be standard practice for signatories to adopt the commitments within the Skills Accord and, in turn, to cascade them down to their own suppliers. 


The Skills Accord is applicable to UK-based employees of the supplier organisation who are directly involved in the energy and utility sector. Signatories to the Skills Accord incur an annual fee of £1,500 plus VAT. Registration for Year 2 begins in March 2018, for a 1st April 2018 start.

The Skills Accord was developed by five lead companies with the energy and utilities sector:


To promote and invest in the skills the sector needs most, signatories of the Acco​rd agree to the following 5 commitments:


Below are the companies who have signed up to the Skills Accord for Year One:

  • ABB
  • Alpha Construction
  • AMEC
  • Amey –  Lead Company
  • Andrew Hughes Utility Services
  • Avidety
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Clancy Group
  • Complete Asset Life Management
  • Costain
  • Dodd Group
  • Dunphy Combustion
  • EON - Lead Company
  • Gunning Transmission & Distribution Services
  • IBS Blowers
  • Instalcom
  • Kier Utilities
  • Laing O'Rourke
  • Lanes Group
  • Lewis Civil Engineering
  • M A Utilities
  • McNicholas
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Morrison Utility Services
  • Murphy Group
  • National Grid – Lead Company
  • Northern Gas Networks – Lead Company
  • Northern PowerGrid – Lead Company
  • O’Connor Utilities
  • RJ McLeod
  • Schneider Electric
  • Siemens
  • Skanska
  • South West Water - Lead Company
  • SSE – Lead Company
  • Stantec Treatment
  • T&K Gallagher
  • Thames Water – Lead Company
  • UKPN - Lead Company
  • VGC Labour Solutions


Become a signatory today. For more information on the Skills Accord and how it can benefit your organisation, please contact 


To read more about the Skills Accord, please download our brochure.