After you have developed a stakeholder analysis and communication plan, you need to find out who the right people to talk to are within organisations, if you don’t already know them.
Engaging your supply chain
Get to know all the subcontractors in your supply chain and attend relevant meetings so you can identify how the NSAfC approach can help them improve their existing competencies. You can use our example Subcontractor questionnaire (MS Word, 54KB) to help you get a picture of their current skills and training situation.
Talk to the project manager and find out who usually deals with training or recruitment and include them in training events. Make yourself known as the go-to person for onsite for skills and training matters, and be available to them and be consistent in your approach. It’s important that they know about the NSAfC KPIs, and that you give them the support they need – for example, to take on apprentices – to fulfil any contractual requirements.
You may need to make regular onsite visits, and to prompt them to send you their training certificates, training plans, number of trainees on site and other evidence you may need. Lack of responses to your emails should be followed up in person. It may be that they just need your help to complete some paperwork – and going through it with them is the most effective option.
You could also arrange for your local CITB representative to make regular visits to keep subcontractors up to speed on access to funding, approved training courses and levy issues.