Costain/Skanska support Supply Chain school digital skills drive

The Supply Chain Sustainability School has drawn on best practice from Costain, Skanska and the Tideway project to launch a learning platform to help accelerate digital adoption.

The School has created a programme of free-to-access learning materials (, funded by the CITB. This programme includes workshops, e-learning modules and online resources to help managers embed digital technology in their business. Topics addressed include digital leadership, digital capability, cyber security, and the business case for digital.

Ian Heptonstall, director at the Supply Chain Sustainability School, said: “Net zero carbon, improved profitability, workforce attraction and improved safety and quality are just some of the big challenges our industry faces. We can continue as we are, or we can embrace new ways of working and the digital technologies that can help us to address these challenges.

“Our new training materials allow managers and leaders to understand the emerging digital technologies and the skills they will need to be an effective champion of digital in their organisation.”

Jeremy Galpin, lead for digital social value consultancy at Tideway East and Costain, said: “These learning materials plug a key gap in providing freely available resources that, first, allow organisations and individuals to benchmark the digital leadership maturity of themselves and their organisations and, second, provide the learning resources to develop the gaps that they identify. Both aspects are critical to adding value. I am confident the programme will make a measurable and significant contribution to the digital leadership maturity of the infrastructure supply chain.”

Phil Greenman, supply chain manager at Skanska, said: “As a major tier 1 contractor, we need our supply chain to be digitally advanced. Working with clients, contractors and our supply chain, we have jointly developed a range of freely available learning resources that allow managers to develop the knowledge and acquire the skills that they need to drive the rate of digital adoption in both their own organisations and their supply chain. I’m confident that these new tools in the Supply Chain School will help businesses to do that.”

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