Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Procurement Training for Local Authority

Plymouth City Council is a unitary authority, which means it is responsible for all local services including transport, social care and waste management. Many of the services they provide are statutory responsibilities but must be delivered alongside other priorities for the City.

What were the businesses issues/challenges to undertake training?
Plymouth City Council is dedicated to supporting staff development and offers their junior staff the opportunity to gain national, international and globally recognised qualifications.  Nothing stands still in the public sector and with increasing regulations and budget cuts the need for advanced procurement performance has never been greater.  

The training undertook:
Nemone West, Procurement Officer undertook CIPS Procurement and Supply Diploma Level 4.

What impacts and benefits has the training had?
The CIPS training has enabled Nemone to make links to the tasks she carries out on a daily basis with the wider world of Procurement as a profession. Nemone mentioned that the course made her more open-minded to the different types of Buyer/Procurement roles out there. Working in the public sector presents exciting challenges not otherwise present in private industry because of the Public Contract Regulations to which Plymouth City Council must adhere to as a Contracting Authority. Meeting others that work in Procurement and hearing how they operate within their companies and organisations was really useful to take back to the workplace.
"The CIPS training has enabled me to upskill in Procurement, taking on more responsibility and operate as part of team to effectively manage the Council’s supply chain to reduce costs and improve quality".Nemone West, Procurement Officer


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