We are pleased to announce that Premier Partnership has been awarded a position on two major contracts to deliver managed training services and new apprenticeship standards to public sector organisations across the UK. Both are potentially four year long framework agreements and have a combined value of over £400 million.
As one of the country’s driving forces in staff development, accredited courses and managed training services, we have retained our place on the Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (ESPO) Framework. The appointment follows a successful four-year tenure as the sole supplier of general and specialist training services to 42 organisations, delivering over 19,000 days of training to Oxfordshire County Council, HS2, the Metropolitan Police Service and Essex Fire Service, amongst others.
Premier Partnership has the capability and supply chain to deliver a wide range of services including niche packages for the emergency services relating to counter terrorism, digital security, ballistic first aid and some unusual topics such as how to escape from submerged helicopters. Diplomats receive hazardous environment courses, with detectives schooled in forensics and the royalty protection group supported with leadership development.
We have also won a place on the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Apprenticeships Framework to deliver apprenticeships in management and leadership, operational delivery, customer service, and business administration across the public sector for customer-facing staff in organisations such as the DWP, HMRC, Border Force, the Foreign Office and the Office of the Public Guardian.
Established in 1981, ESPO is a nationally-regarded procurement organisation that has consistently delivered value-for-money to customers throughout the huge changes to the public sector since then – becoming a valued partner for the education, local government and charity sectors. Jointly-owned by six Midlands and East Anglian councils, it also supports the NHS, emergency services and housing associations, managing sales of £1.46bn from its Leicester head office in 2015/16.
The government-owned CCS works with the civil service to select apprenticeship training providers who are skilled in meeting the learning and development needs of public and third sector bodies to UK standards. As with EPSO, it creates framework agreements and demands rigorous quality thresholds of every supplier.
The UK public sector training and development market is valued at £600m per annum.
Premier Partnership has been providing people services to government departments and agencies, private sector employers, NHS trusts and local authorities for over 20 years. Acting as single point of contact for significant cost savings, we are one of the UK’s leading suppliers of bespoke and generic learning design and delivery. Engaging training packages quickly build skills and knowledge with topics including management, leadership, interpersonal skills, project management and an array of other professional and technical areas.
Now the biggest provider of apprentices to the public sector and delivering 14,000 training events annually, with an average of 300 per year per client, our award-winning company has enjoyed rapid growth recently. We have established ourselves as a leading South Yorkshire employer, boosting payroll by more than 500% in the last 12 months, from 20 to 130 staff.
We have successfully operated ESPO’s entire training offer for the past four years, meeting all requirements by sourcing providers from both our diverse, closely managed supply chain and established market leaders. All must achieve framework agreements so that clients can purchase training quickly, cost-effectively and compliantly without further tendering. Efficiencies achieved have ensured that they meet their prime objective, which is that tax-payers’ money is well spent and accounted for.
Premier Partnership managing director, David Pearson, said: “Our experience, national network of associates, approved supply chain, specialist capability and personal approach make us the training provider of choice for a wide range of public sector organisations.
“We are delighted to renew our highly productive relationship with ESPO, whose values we share and for whose clients we have already saved money, increased productivity and improved services. With public spending scrutiny only set to become keener in future years, we also look forward to the challenge of supporting CCS’s demanding continuous improvement programme.”
Oxford County Council learning and development manager, Sarah Sutton, added: “The training service is impressively complete – with sourcing of suppliers and negotiation, course scheduling, delivery, monitoring, administration, evaluation and reporting.”