Company awarded Bronze in the Campaign Award category, in the Distinguished Trainer Award and the Trainer of the Year Award

HONG KONG, Oct. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has won three awards for its achievements in training and development at The Hong Kong Management Association’s (HKMA) Award for Excellence in Training and Development. In recognition of the company’s One World SAP implementation programme in Hong Kong which drove efficiency and business results, RS Components was presented a Bronze in the ‘Campaign Award’ category.  The other two accolades of ‘Distinguished Trainer Award’ and ‘Trainer of the Year’ were presented to RS Components’ Yvonne Yam, APAC Change Manager, SAP, who was instrumental in shaping how elements such as coaching, facilitation and change management were assimilated into training.

The triumphant RS Components team with their triple win

The triumphant RS Components team with their triple win
L-R: Natalie Ng, APAC Training Workstream Leader, SAP; and Yvonne Yam, APAC Change Manager, SAP; beaming at their wins.

L-R: Natalie Ng, APAC Training Workstream Leader, SAP; and Yvonne Yam, APAC Change Manager, SAP; beaming at their wins.

Integral to its wins was the One World Programme’s focus on a holistic approach in facilitating the change from local to global, as it shifted the business to a new global operating model with one common global strategy. SAP implementation is a big part of the company’s globalisation strategy.  The One World programme sought to support teams in Hong Kong to acquire not only skills and knowledge but also facilitate mindset changes in becoming part of this transformation. Involving 110 employees, the SAP system platform was implemented in Hong Kong in eight months from 1 July 2013 to 28 February 2014.

Natalie Ng, APAC Training Workstream Leader, SAP, RS Components, commented, "We have evolved to become a global organisation with cross-functional collaboration between teams so these awards are a true testament that the programme team has done a fantastic job, ensuring that SAP and our other systems are implemented in a smooth and seamless manner. Feedback on the One World Programme has been positive and this approach proved successful where we saw sales amongst our Top 10 customers increase by 36 percent."

For its demonstration of a learning initiative to improve specific skills and contribute to business results, RS Components was presented the Bronze in the Campaign Award. This was due to its adoption of a holistic programme, where new skillsets to adapt to new processes were cultivated and relationship changes in workgroups were also considered.

In addition, a "Blended Learning Solutions" was developed to support different learning styles and needs. This encompassed a variety of learning channels such as e-learning, classroom teaching, competitions, games and mock training environments

Yvonne Yam, APAC Change Manager, SAP enthused, "Receiving the ‘Distinguished Trainer’ and ‘Trainer of the Year’ awards is similar to achieving honours degrees in our field! We embarked on a holistic approach, as facilitating a massive system change meant that we had to equip employees with new skills and address changes in mindset, culture and people relationships. This transition has helped me hone my skills as a learning and development professional so I am truly thankful for this recognition."

Organised by the Human Resources Development Management Committee of The Hong Kong Management Association since 1990, the Award for Excellence in Training and Development is the only award of its kind in Hong Kong that recognises achievements in training and development to individuals as well as companies.

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014 had revenues of GBP1.27bn.

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RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Telephone: +65-6391-5745

Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Telephone: +65-6347-2355

Further information is available via these links:

@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS

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