Praise for United Utilities’ centre

The new training centre in Leigh, which was opened by MP Andy Burnham
The new training centre in Leigh, which was opened by MP Andy Burnham

A DEDICATED new staff training centre in Leigh has helped cement United Utilities’ reputation as one of the world’s most socially-responsible companies.

The £300,000 centre 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. 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.”

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.

Economics experts estimate UU’s five-year programme of work will support more than 9,000 local jobs and contribute £7bn to the regional economy.