Burnham backs training centre

LEIGH’S MP officially opened a new training base set to play a pivotal role in keeping the North West flowing.

The United Utilities centre, at Hope Carr Terrace in Leigh, will provide a wide range of training for the water company’s 5,000 strong North West workforce.

Water and wastewater engineers, senior managers, apprentices, call centre operatives and back office staff are all expected to pass through the doors of the training centre, as United Utilities continues to up-skill its workforce, in order to deliver the best possible customer service and operational performance across the region. Andy Burnham MP said: “United Utilities is a major employer in my constituency, and a key service provider across the North West.

“It is encouraging to see the company’s strong commitment to developing its employees, so that they can deliver a high quality service to the communities they serve.

“My thanks to United Utilities for inviting me to the official launch. I’m sure the centre will become a real hub for learning and innovation in the water industry.”

The purpose designed training centre will be open five days per week, delivering courses ranging from leadership modules to first aid training. It has eight training rooms, including two dedicated IT training suites, and a capacity for 100 people.

United Utilities Chief Executive Steve Mogford said: “It was a real pleasure to have Andy join us for the launch and officially open the centre.

“Last year, we delivered more than 24,000 days of training to our employees. This dedicated new facility will play an essential role in helping develop employee skills, so that all our people, from engineers to call handlers, can deliver the best possible service .”