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 4 year long framework agreements and have a combined value of over £400 million.
We have retained our place on the Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (ESPO) Framework following 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.
Clients on the framework benefit from our ability to deliver a wide range of services through our core team and strong supply chain 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. This makes us the biggest provider of apprentices to the public sector, delivering 14,000 training events annually with an average of 300 per year per client and has resulted in us growing our workforce from 20 to 130 staff.
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: “Premier Partnership’s training service is impressively complete – with sourcing of suppliers and negotiation, course scheduling, delivery, monitoring, administration, evaluation and reporting.”