ScotRail Alliance wins Training Award

The ScotRail Alliance have won the 2017 Rail Industry Awards for the collaborative training section. The award recognised the unique design and innovative delivery of the training programme to embed Collaborative Working and BS11000 principles in the joint Abellio / Network Rail teams. In particular, the award recognised the tailored approach developed by Sigma to help jointly improve business performance through collaborative working. The award was won from a short list of successful programmes from other organisations such as BAE Systems, Network Rail and London Underground.

Sigma has been working with Abellio and ScotRail since 2014, initially supporting the implementation of BS11000 and subsequently working with the ScotRail franchise to embed collaborative working across the enterprise.

Sigma prepares TXM Plant for successful BS11000 accreditation

Sigma has worked with TXM Plant, the UK’s largest  Road/Rail Vehicle providers to enable them to successfully achieve BS11000 accreditation. Russell Chesterman, the Sigma Director and BS11000 subject matter expert, who worked with TXM Plant, spent time with them on gap analysis, training them in the standard, running workshops with key suppliers, carrying out a pre-audit  and, running a Leadership workshop for TXM Plant.

Richard Romaszko the TXM Plant Assurance Director was very pleased with the result and thanked Russell for ‘making it interesting’ and stated

“I would like to thank you for the help and advice you gave us. We will be contacting you soon as to help out facilitating a joint course again.”

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Sigma and RIA launch pilots for New VIP

The Value Improvement Programme (VIP), owned by the Railway Industry association, developed and delivered by Sigma, is now in a major phase of development and improvement.  Four pilot studies with Alstom, Carillion Rail, Alan Dick Communications and Kier will share their performance improvements with customers and suppliers to the rail sector in the autumn.

VIP is an approved rail industry process designed to support the implementation of more open behaviours and collaborative working in order to drive improved efficiencies, added value, and reduced costs.  It was first established in 2002 and supported by a code of practice.  Since then 90 VIP workshops and events have delivered positive outcomes and cost savings.

VIP is now updated and relaunched as ‘New VIP’ to reflect the latest industry drivers including:

  • Outputs from the McNulty report in meeting the challenges of collaboration, cost reduction and efficiency savings.
  • Supporting the implementation of BS11000, the national partnering standard adopted and endorsed by Network Rail.
  • Building in measureable business outcomes through improved behaviours.
  • Supporting innovation in the industry.
  • Developing integrated supply chain teams.

Our pilot studies are designed to address the following agreed industry criteria for success.  The diagram below illustrates how new VIP can now be used to improve business and project performance.




The pilots will cover different challenges and will help to inform the industry across a number of products and services, as follows:

  • Alstom – 5 year outsourcing contract for catering equipment and maintenance
  • Kier – National framework contract on Footbridge Programmes
  • Carillion-Powerlines – East Midlands Mainline Electrification Programme
  • Alan Dick Communications – Oxfordshire Re-signalling Programme

The Sigma team will be working on a number of other assignments with the new VIP service between now and the conference to formally report back on the findings in autumn.

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