Amacus put Nexus on the right track

A top North East training company is teaming up with Nexus, one of the North’s largest transport providers, to prepare its staff for major investment plans.

Amacus, a leading provider of leadership and management training, has won a major contract with Nexus, owner and manager of Tyne & Wear Metro, to develop those employed in a front line management and direct supervisory position.

The two year contract will see the Amacus, a strategic partner of Gateshead College, deliver leadership and management training to around 60 managers employed across a very diverse range of vocations within the organisation.

Nexus is investing £385m in its infrastructure, renewing and upgrading the Metro system. The training programme, led by Amacus, will ensure its people have the key skills to match these major developments, allowing Nexus to continue to meet the demands of the changing technological and social environment faced by the organisation

The contract is a major win for the growing company which is based in Hartlepool, and recently opened a second office within the Skills Academy for Sustainable Manufacturing and Innovation in Sunderland.

Bill Collingwood, management development manager at Nexus, says: “This as an investment in the future of our organisation and our staff. It is integral in ensuring our long term success.

“With so much change in the coming years, we need people to be equipped with the right tools to deal with these developments.”

The programme will pay particular attention to leadership and management, beginning with a series of assessment centres before progressing to profiling, coaching and training workshops.

Amacus have designed this bespoke programme and will manage the wide range of training interventions, running an assessment centre and helping staff to work towards a nationally recognised qualification from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Amacus will identify the level of qualification and training that is most appropriate for each individual and award it accordingly.  

Bill adds: “The vision of the programme is to ensure that the right people are in the right roles, that our leaders and managers are engaged and responsive, and that other members of staff are inspired by the wider workforce.

“I am pleased to say this programme is a milestone in our staff development which will, in turn, make Nexus a better, more efficient organisation. We will be able to monitor development and ensure our staff are trained to the best possible standards.”

Christine Hall, managing director at Amacus, said: “We worked really hard to win the contract with Nexus. It took us around nine months from start to finish, but we are delighted to have won the company over with our programme offer.

“We’re pleased to be working with an organisation like Nexus. We’re sure our training will have a positive outcome for their staff and the future of the organisation.

“This reinforces our recent success and growth, which has seen us win contracts  with major North East employers across the public and private sector such as Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Local Authorities Sunderland, Gateshead and Hartlepool, HMRC,  Department of Work & Pensions, Vantec and Pulman Group to name but a few.”

Bill adds: “We chose Amacus because of its reputation, its understanding of our requirements and its professional approach. We’re looking forward to working with the team’’.

“The programme is not ‘off the shelf’, it’s tailored to the specific needs of Nexus and our staff, and that’s what makes it so attractive.”