Raytheon Partners with a Local Utility Company to Transform its Organization Through Learning
Raytheon Professional Services (RPS) provides a local utility company with comprehensive learning outsourcing services that result in cost reductions and enhanced employee development and performance.
A Michigan utility, this organization is a diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Operating units include an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan and other non-utility, energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, coal and gas midstream, unconventional gas production and energy trading.
In 2005, senior executives embarked upon an organizational strategy to ensure the organization’s on-going success. Deregulation, consolidation among providers, and the search for renewable energy sources resulted in significant upheaval in the energy industry. The client’s Chief Executive Officer recognized that such a change demanded innovation and discipline. As a result, they decided to strategically outsource select, non-core functions to “drive costs down and develop administrative processes that provide value to both employees and customers.”
The utility was challenged to ensure their more than 10,000+ employees were compliant with their regulatory and safety training. Pulling employees away from their jobs to meet training requirements resulted in lost productivity and increased cost. The utility had to look for alternative, quality training solutions. Consequently the utility decided to partner with a training organization that had extensive experience in the learning industry—Raytheon Professional Services. A major obstacle was the utility’s acceptance of a blended solution. Instructor-led training was the primary delivery method for employees, focusing heavily on safety and regulatory training for all business units. In addition to the acceptance of blended learning, they rolled out enterprise wide SAP with a LSO (learning management database) that encompasses all training activities both current and historical. This was a significant change for both the employees and for RPS to manage from a training perspective.
How we helped
After assessing the capabilities of several outsourcing firms, the client chose RPS because of our depth of experience in creating and delivering cost-effective technical training that utilizes the latest in blended learning technologies. RPS also excelled in that they offered training expertise from a local company office, all services are delivered from on-shore U.S. workers.
The initial step in this transformation process was to conduct a thorough analysis of the content of the hundreds of existing service technical courses, as well as their training delivery process. Based on this information, RPS provided services across the full value-stream of learning, which included:
Working with RPS, the client continues to experience constant improvement in several key areas within their learning organization including strategic alignment, quality, capability, efficiency, and cost. Additionally, the client has realized a number of important benefits:
The following excerpt is from “2008 Training Strategy Overview,” presented to senior leadership by Raymond Kelly IV, Director for Technical Training and Safety, a senior leader of the learning organization:
“Our best-in-class service provider is leveraging their networks for improved training development, delivery, administration, and measurement. Best-in-class training service providers offer advantages: accelerated transformation, proven high-quality non-specialized training, speed and accuracy, efficient administration and tactical processing, management/maintenance of world-class tools and technology, appropriate measurement/monitoring practices, e-learning technology that otherwise would be cost prohibitive, lower overall cost structure to our organization, and allows a more variable cost model in the future.”