Government-backed competitiveness improvement programme, Sharing in Growth, has won this year's Semta Innovation Award for improving the capability and productivity of more than 10,000 people working in the UK aerospace supply chain.
Established in 2013, Sharing in Growth (SiG) individually tailors and delivers an intense and integrated programme of training, coaching and mentoring for ambitious companies in the aerospace supply chain.
Endorsed by Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing, Bombardier, GE, GKN, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, Rolls-Royce, Safran, and Thales, SiG is supported by the Regional Growth Fund and more than £150m in private investment.
The programme is both innovative and effective, having helped programme participants secure more than £2.3bn in contracts through increased competitiveness and productivity.
Typically, the four-year programme focuses on leadership, culture and operational capability delivered by SiG’s own 120 strong team of business coaches, as well as a bank of world-leading experts including The University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing, Deloitte, Industry Forum, and the National Physical Laboratory.
Sharing in Growth CEO, Andy Page commented: “Productivity is the economic challenge of our time. The scale of that challenge called for a radical approach that was supported across the industry and government.
“The Semta award recognises Sharing in Growth’s innovative approach to such a pressing issue. Sharing in Growth is making great progress by focusing on skills and best practice diffusion, quickly creating capability in the supply chain that can benefit from Government’s other investment in technology and infrastructure, aligned to the Industrial Strategy.“
Sharing in Growth targets the barriers to growth and is specifically aligned to a business output target. Training is delivered at participants’ workplaces which accelerates learning by working on real operational challenges.
It also aims to minimise operational disruption and make the time commitment to training more affordable to smaller companies with big ambitions.
Page continued: “We have an intimate relationship with each client so we can support the leadership to invest in sustainable business transformation. I would say that we have created a new model for industry/government partnership, efficiently bringing funding, industry knowledge and professional training delivery together to achieve unprecedented results.”
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