Creating links and adding benefit - Oakridge and NIS Ltd


“At Oakridge our aim is to bring to the nuclear sector improved leadership and management standards through a range of programme deliveries.”

Mark Burbridge, Director, Oakridge


Company Profile

Oakridge aims to deliver better business performance and improved people engagement by helping bring about real, pragmatic change. Working throughout the UK and often across the globe, we are accredited as awarding bodies for Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

The company, which is head quartered in the north west of England, has a fourteen year track record of delivering behavioural skills to highly regulated and compliance-orientated sectors and our people have a wealth of experience of working in various roles within the nuclear industry.

Why we joined the Skills Academy?

In March 2011 we joined the Skills Academy with two aims:

  • to support the Skills Academy in standards development in the areas of management, leadership and behavioural skills
  • to establish Oakridge as the key provider of these skills to the nuclear industry.


Benefits of Membership

Oakridge attended its first Employer Steering Group meeting in June 2011 where the company gave a short interactive session on Emotional Intelligence and Leadership.

Following this Oakridge was engaged by NIS to support its development of a Management Development Programme based on Emotional Intelligence.

Further contacts were made via the Skills Academy Regional Managers’, Oakridge secured work with AMEC on a programme to deliver Negotiation Skills and with Direct Rail Services (DRS) to deliver an Operational Management Development Programme.

“What resulted was a programme that not only met our brief but within days took a team of individuals and turned them into a team”

Dougie Hill, Head of Operations


"When Oakridge delivered their session their approach and philosophy really struck a chord and made me think that they were the right organisation to help us as we develop and enhance our workforce to meet the needs of our growing and changing business. Their support and guidance has been invaluable in helping us to shape our programme and they have really gone out of their way to understand our specific requirements’’

Gill Marsden, Business Development Director, NIS Ltd

Future Plans

By focusing and expanding learning across an organisation Oakridge brings long term, measureable performance improvements which in turn deliver bottom line business results

We continue to engage with clients to understand individual business needs and develop bespoke solutions.

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