07 June 2002 | David Arminas
A contracts officer for energy supplier Innogy has become the first procurement NVQ candidate to submit her portfolio of work - on Internet auctions - entirely in electronic form.
Cathy Brown, who is responsible for demolition and disposal contracts at the company, received her procurement NVQ level 4 qualification for her project of using e-auctions to dispose of plant at decommissioned sites - saving Innogy hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Previously, it had used more traditional auctions, in which the costs often outweighed the revenue gained from selling the equipment.
Brown told SM: "A regular auction was costing upwards of £250,000. There were the additional costs of on-site security, public safety equipment, cataloguing products and the hiring of auction houses. The Internet auction cost between £20,000 and £30,000, including having three open days where we scheduled visits for serious buyers."
Brown's strategy for Internet auctions was first used for decommissioned gas turbine plant at Norwich in March 2000. It was later successfully applied to plant at Letchworth and Ocker Hill power stations.
She said that using the electronic medium saved her valuable time in putting her NVQ portfolio together and so she was more able to concentrate on strategic aspects of her work.
"An electronic approach enabled me to concentrate on producing NVQ evidence without worrying about the administrative aspects of putting together the portfolio," Brown said.
Brown presented her work on a single CD-Rom to her assessor, Geoff Warren at assessment and verification services company GRW Buy-Lines.
Warren then developed an electronic form of assessment, eliminating the need for a traditional lever-arch file full of photocopies and assessment forms, making the entire process electronic.
"This makes the best use of technology to support people development and we have now developed this into a fully online system for the delivery of procurement NVQs," said Warren.
For more information on procurement NVQs, e-mail Geoff Warren
or visit the website GRW Buy-Lines