Procurement Skills Accord

The Procurement Skills Accord is driving a skills step-change in training investment through procurement.

What Is It?

The Procurement Skills Accord is an initiative to promote investment in training and skills development through procurement practices.

Developed and led by the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership, the Accord is designed to encourage greater investment in training and skills development, not only within organisations, but in turn their supply chains.

The Procurement 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 development through their procurement processes. The ultimate aim is for it to be standard practice for signatories to adopt the commitments within the Procurement Skills Accord and, in turn, to cascade them down to their own suppliers.

Virtual Event

On June 9 2020 the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership hosted a virtual Best Practice Event and Awards ceremony to honour the 46 energy and utilities and supply chain companies that successfully passed their audits to win the coveted Procurement Skills Accord Awards. Watch the ceremony below.

Who Is It For?

The Procurement Skills Accord is applicable to UK-based companies with employees involved in operational and technical activities within the energy and utility sector. It is applicable to companies of all sizes as the compliance criteria is adjusted according to size and supply chain positioning.

To read about how other organisations are benefiting from the Accord, please click here.


  • Using industry best practice, make changes to your procurement processes to help support a skilled and sustainable workforce.
  • Demonstrate your position as a leader in the energy and utility sector in driving a change in procurement processes, to help create a sustainable skilled workforce within your own organisation and through your supply chain.
  • Collaborate and share best practice with industry clients, suppliers and peers for embedding skills development and procurement best practice.
  • Network with industry leaders and be part of discussions to address challenges that our sector faces on skills and develop solutions.
  • Demonstrate to employees and suppliers your investment in their skills, in turn supporting your CSR and Human Capital reporting.
  • Benchmark your own company performance against the Compliance Criteria and industry best practice.
  • If achieved, be awarded the Procurement Skills Accord Award at our annual Best Practice & Award Event, demonstrating your commitment to invest in your workforce, supporting your supply chain and a sustainable, skilled workforce by making changes to your procurement processes.
  • Inclusion in relevant Energy & Utility Skills marketing/PR campaigns.

The Five Commitments

The 5 CommitmentsSignatory Company Requirements
COMMITMENT 1: To address sector-wide skills gaps and shortages: Contribute to 5% sector target, based on company’s training and skills development requirements. Signatory companies will provide the number of employees on relevant skills development programmes, to support the sector target – 5% of the technical or operational headcount in the energy and utility sector being enrolled on relevant skills development programmes. Signatory companies will also evidence robust processes to ensure current and future resource requirements can be met.
COMMITMENT 2: To promote signing up to the Accord through the supply chain: Engage with and encourage suppliers, clients or peers to become signatories and provide support where required. Where relevant, signatories will promote the Procurement Skills Accord with at least one of their strategic suppliers, peers or clients, and encourage them to sign up and become a signatory themselves.
COMMITMENT 3: To promote relevant skills development across the supply chain through procurement: Develop and deliver responsible procurement practices through supply chain on skills delivery Where relevant, signatories will embed relevant skills development in their procurement processes and stages. Where relevant, signatories will demonstrate whether it’s required for suppliers to report against training plans and proposals.
COMMITMENT 4: To continuously improve performance: Continuous improvement of signatories’ sustainable procurement and workforce development practices Signatories will demonstrate, where applicable, continuous improvement in their own sustainable procurement practices, skills development in their workforce and supply chain, and the processes needed for the Procurement Skills Accord.
COMMITMENT 5: To monitor and report: Annual review and reporting of company and sector performance Signatory companies will complete the Annual Review, which demonstrates how they have met compliance against the relevant Commitments.

How To Sign Up

  1. Complete the relevant application form and submit, along with a PO number for the annual fee, to . Application forms and the annual fee’s can be found here.
  2. Once received, you will:
    • Receive access to our exclusive Signatory Area which holds our supporting documentation, guidance and webinars, which range from providing guidance on the Procurement Skills Accord, the Annual Review process and Continuous Improvement.
    • Receive invites to any Procurement Skills Accord upcoming events/webinars, including our Annual Best Practice & Award Event (held May/June each year).
    • Have your company name added to our Signatory List, demonstrating your commitment to supporting and working towards a sustainable workforce in the energy and utility sector.
  3.  The window to sign up for Year 4 (1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021) is open until 30 September 2020.

Procurement Skills Accord Flyer

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

Procurement Skills Accord Signatory Area

To sign in to the Signatory Area and access exclusive documents, click here.

Find Out More

For more information on the Procurement Skills Accord and how it can benefit your organisation, please contact