07 June 2018: Authorised Engineers achieve accreditation from DIO

Making sure the MOD estate is safe and compliant is extremely important to us and we currently employ around 200 Authorised Persons (APs) who are responsible for ensuring that the sites we maintain are compliant with changing health and safety, commercial and procurement legislation. They also ensure our contractors have the right qualifications for their assigned tasks, carry out inspections and write and sign off working permits.

We also have a small number of Authorising Engineers (AE) who support our APs with their duties but also have an enhanced skillset that enables them to provide professional and technical support to our site teams, supply chain partners and our client and customer. Each AE is qualified in their relevant competency and we’re delighted to welcome three new AEs to our engineering team.

Between them, Mark Curtis, Ralph Pond and Neil King have been working for the MOD for more than 30 years and have successfully made the progression to becoming fully qualified AEs in their chosen profession. Mark has qualified in fuels, Ralph in mechanical engineering and Neil in electrical engineering.

Over the last twelve months they have been working hard to achieve their licenses and have successfully balanced their AE training whilst continuing to carry out their day to day AP duties on site.

Peter Franklin, HSEQ Director said “I’m extremely proud of Mark, Ralph and Neil who have shown great determination and drive to achieve their AE accreditation. It’s pleasing that we’ve been able to provide them with the opportunity to progress in their careers and I have no doubt that their new skills will help to improve compliance and reduce asset risk across the contract.”

By bringing our AE services ‘in-house’ we’ve removed the need to employ external resource to carry out legal and statutory compliance checks, saving valuable resources in both time and money and we are looking to build on this by increasing the number of AEs we appoint across all our Regional Prime contracts.

Retaining staff like Mark, Ralph and Neil is a high priority for us. We recognise that many of our staff have acquired a vast amount of local site knowledge over the years they’ve been working on MOD contracts and we acknowledge the great relationships they’ve built with our client and customer. We’re really keen to draw on these skills to improve the service we provide.

Bryan Dunn, Head of the Engineering and Construction team within the Technical Services department of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) presented our team with their licenses at DIO’s Headquarters in Sutton Coldfield and said “I’m absolutely delighted to welcome three new members into the Authorised Engineers’ community. They will be a great asset to both DIO and CarillionAmey as we continue to work towards a more improved and better estate for our Armed Forces.”