Procurement Services aims to provide colleagues across the University with the necessary skills and competencies required to enable them to undertake procurement in an efficient and effective manner. This can be achieved if a common approach to personal development is adopted where individuals have procurement responsibilities as part of their job role and ensure that procurement competencies are one of the priorities built into their performance management discussions.
Where colleagues have significant procurement responsibilities, it might be more appropriate for the individual concerned to consider a dedicated procurement qualification such as those provide by the Chartered Institude of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). CIPS are an organisation dedicated to promoting best practice in procurement through training. CIPS qualifications can be studied by distance learning or part-time study and provide a thorough training programme in a modular format. They do also provide a range of short courses.
Colleagues who have less frequent procurement responsibilities or where their needs are more specific may feel it is easier to meet their development needs by attending a more focused short course provided by organisations such as the Higher Education Procurement Academy (HEPA). HEPA provide a wide range of courses on core competencies such as Tender Management and Contract Management amongst other things. Further details can be found on the HEPA website under 'Calendar and Events':