16 January 2003
The strategic skills needed by current and future public-sector purchasers are spelled out in new guidance developed by government procurement advisers.
The Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) has linked with the Local Government Employers' Organisation and the Public Private Partnership Programme (the 4ps) to deliver two skills frameworks.
The agencies are encouraging authorities to use the consultation papers to map their competencies and establish future purchasing training needs.
They spell out how much understanding purchasers at each level should have about a wide range of procurement-related issues. An accompanying guide focuses on making procurement policies and practices environmentally friendly.
Local authorities can send feedback to the consultations, or examples of their own initiatives, via its website at www.idea.gov.uk/procurement
Responses will be incorporated into upcoming guidance that the IDeA aims to make a government-recognised foundation for best-practice procurement.