For the first time since its launch, the Procurement People of Tomorrow (PPoT) held a “Bridging the Gap” event which brought together Modern Apprentices, Students and Employers from across the public and private sectors to form a new community of practice.
This aims to support and mentor new procurement talent and give them ideas on how to develop their skills further, learn how to professionally network and get ideas on how to develop their career.
Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure Keith Brown said:
“I can honestly say that I am inspired by what everyone involved with the programme has achieved so far.
“There is a real sense of community and co-operation between businesses, students and modern apprentices, and some wonderful individual success stories of people I’ve met.”
PPoT is about raising the profile of procurement as a career of choice and creating a range of academic and vocational pathways in to the profession. This includes the new Modern Apprenticeship in Procurement launched in August 2014, with 31 modern apprentices recruited so far, and more placements committed with the help of committed funding to support the training of up to 500 Modern Apprenticeships in Procurement by 2017.
18 students are due to graduate this year from the City of Glasgow College ‘Procurement and Supply Chain’ HND programme and several will be transferring to the new Glasgow Caledonian University ‘International Supply Chain Management’ degree programme – the first undergraduate procurement and supply chain degree in Scotland, launched last year.
Procurement and Supply Chain has now been embedded within the Skills Development Scotland career portal, ‘My World of Work’, which offers information and links to job opportunities for young people and employers.Attendees heard from presenters who were brought together from across Scotland to deliver a mix of interactive sessions and inspiring presentations covering;
- Recruitment advice and guidance
- Career success stories
- Modern Apprentice and Graduate experiences
- Bespoke career and skills development
At the event, Mr Brown spent time talking to some of our current and past modern apprentices. He also announced the 2015 launch of a new Government Opportunity Award category – The Award for Best Contribution to Procurement People of Tomorrow. This will be open to those in the public sector, or supplying to the public sector.
Initial feedback from the Procurement People of Tomorrow community event indicated it was a great success.
If you’d like to know more about the PPOT initiative or how you can help please contact Nikki Bell or Susan Donnelly.