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ISG has been part of a new secondment scheme pilot to support emerging talent across the wider portfolio through the Alliance 4 New Prisons. 

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The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has completed a successful secondment pilot scheme to support the New Prisons Programme (NPP), looking to improve construction knowledge and grow emerging talent across the Alliance 4 New Prisons (A4NP). The groundbreaking scheme brought together colleagues from Mace, ISG, Wates and the MoJ to better understand the key elements of a major programme like the NPP and support their development into future leaders. 

The MoJ’s NPP is delivering thousands of new prison places as part of Government’s commitment to deliver 20,000 modern prison places across the UK. Mace is the Delivery Partner for the NPP alongside their role as the Alliance Manager on the A4NP, comprising Kier, Laing O’Rourke, ISG and Wates. ISG, Mace, Wates and the client took part in the pilot scheme to support the development of a range of MoJ projects. 

Each partner organisation hosted secondees on a temporary basis, embedding them into their respective teams to enable the participant to focus on a particular skill or knowledge gap. Initially planned to rotate after four months, the pilot was extended to eight months to maximise the learning opportunities for the secondees. 

The scheme provided significant opportunities for participants to up-skill across alternative disciplines and experience firsthand the various elements that make a major programme. This included a grounding in the principles of the Construction Playbook to ensure best practice across public works projects and programmes. 

Alongside technical skills, the scheme also focused on developing participant understanding of the people behind each project function, creating a more collaborative bet365 online gamesenvironment to deliver for the client. By better understanding how their roles interact with other organisations, secondees are better positioned to drive success across future developments both for the NPP and wider schemes. 

Dan Scard, project manager for ISG, undertook a secondment with Mace, which offered a unique perspective of the contractor role from client and consultant perspectives; providing an opportunity to identify ways to overcome any challenges, encouraging further collaboration and programme efficiencies. 

Following the success of 2023’s secondment scheme the MoJ has committed to repeating the secondment scheme in 2024. 

“The secondment programme has proved a resounding success because the Alliancing model actively encourages us all to do what our industry excels at – smart collaboration, innovation and problem solving. The opportunity to experience different organisational cultures and processes, systems and teams has enhanced how we integrate and work as one team with our Alliancing colleagues – essential for the delivery of this complex capital works framework.”

Alistair McNeil, Sector Director for Justice at ISG

Ben Elliott, ISG’s regional director, added: “It is great to see the successful outcomes being generated from the scheme, which I am proud to have played my part in helping to develop. I am passionate about upskilling across disciplines to promote different thinking; facilitating true collaboration to improve programme outcomes and support the development of our people.”

Alliancing was also the subject of a recent Building Magazine feature outlining its significant impact on the MoJ’s approach to the construction of its new prison estate. Read more here




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