CIPS and ISBL unveil new procurement training for schools

The Institute of School Business Leaders (ISBL) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply…...

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The Institute of School Business Leaders (ISBL) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) have partnered to develop a new procurement programme designed for procurement officers in local authority education departments, EdExec Magazine reports.

The training package is a timely offering for procurement specialists in local government settings who are implementing the recently updated National Procurement Strategy (NPS) for Local Government. With this year’s Local Government Procurement Expo (LGPE) on 28 November, a pressing question for many will be “LGPE show 2018 – what to expect?” A course providing the core skills of effective procurement will enhance their ability to perform perennial procurement functions.

These include staples, such as strategic sourcing, opportunity assessment, category management, supply relationship management, and cost reduction. The new programme aims to teach and hone these skills for all school business professionals.

The modular programme consists of five core elements:

Driving value through procurement and supply
Managing expenditures with suppliers
Developing contracts in procurement and supply
Sourcing essentials in procurement and supply
Effective negotiation

People taking the course will emerge with clearer insights into how effective procurement and supply can improve their organisations through careful spend analytics, as well as how to make the business case for essential expenditures.

The course also covers best practices in developing specifications, KPIs and contract details, as well as the legal concerns involved in devising and operating contracts effectively. Students will also learn the art of managing, sourcing, appraising suppliers, and tendering, as well as acquiring the optimal structure, approaches, and behavioural skills necessary for commercial negotiations in procurement and supply.

All school procurement professionals are eligible to apply for the course, which requires no previous learning certificates to join. The programme runs for 12 months, with learning hours not expected to exceed 200 hours. Candidates who pass the course, which begins in September 2019, will be awarded the CIPS Corporate Award – Procurement and Supply.

Steve Trainor

Steve has over 28 years of success as CPO, MD and Procurement BPO leader in a range of industries. Steve is COO at Odesma, responsible for Odesma’s delivery capability & infrastructure.

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