The Supply Chain Sustainability School, a multi-award-winning initiative which represents a common approach to addressing sustainability within supply chains, has today launched the first ever construction-focused skills hub, dedicated to improving the quality of procurement practices.
The construction sector has not increased its productivity over the forty last years and the Supply Chain Sustainability School members often cite procurement as a blocker to innovation and improved performance. The procurement hub has been set up to increase the skills level for those who buy products and sub-contract services within our industry. By improving these procurement skills, the School hopes to drive productivity improvements and increased value for clients.
A joint venture with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW) and King's College London, this programme will demonstrate the value of good procurement to the built environment sector, providing free self-assessments, e-learning modules, an innovative cloud-based performance tool and a library of best practice procurement resources.
The Supply Chain Sustainability School’s new topic area in procurement, aims to provide a wide range of free resources to help organisations of all types and sizes improve their procurement skills. Procurement is a critical part of client and contractor policies and strategies; therefore this new topic area will cater for businesses at all stages of their procurement journey, featuring four key topics: Procurement for Beginners, Procurement for Professionals, Supplier Relationship & Management and Collaborative Construction Procurement.
The School is co-funded by CITB and industry Partners, with the direction of the School being led by over 120 Partners – working in collaboration, they share knowledge and free resources to inspire the UK built environment to drive positive change and each share a common desire to upskill the industry.