A DEDICATED new staff training centre in Leigh aims to cement United Utilities’ reputation as one of the world’s most socially-responsible companies.
The £300,000 base, which was opened this week by local MP Andy Burnham, has eight training rooms, with two dedicated IT suites, and is already boosting employee skills among the company’s 5,000-strong workforce.
Sustainability manager Gaynor Murphy said: “We also made it into the prestigious 2012 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the fifth year running with an even higher score. The index identifies the top 10 per cent of the world’s largest 2,500 companies on the basis of long-term economic, environmental and social criteria.
“It looked at every aspect of our work from how we treat our customers, suppliers and employees to how we work for the benefit of our communities and the environment.”
The Leigh centre, based at a converted treatment works on Hope Carr Terrace, includes a valve operations rig meaning United Utilities can deliver more of its technical training itself.
Ms Murphy said: “As a FTSE 100 company with a 5,000 strong workforce and a major, multi-billion pound investment programme, the way we act has a profound influence.
“By acting ethically, imaginatively and fairly we can have a positive long-term impact.”