18 September 2003 | Mark Whitehead
The skills needed by professionals in purchasing, logistics and supply management are to be mapped out in the first major exercise of its kind.
The Polemics project, expected to report early in 2005, will aim to clarify the roles played by professionals in more than 50 occupations at all levels.
CIPS has joined forces with three other institutes to carry out the research, which will be used to make professional qualifications more relevant to industry.
The new project will include jobs in logistics and global trade. It is estimated that up to 250,000 people are occupied in such roles, covered by CIPS and the Institute of Logistics and Transport, the Institute of Export and the Institute of Operations Management.
Ilze Grickus, head of education at CIPS, said: "This is an opportunity for CIPS to lead on a major government initiative to determine occupational standards covering supply management.
"The project will define the roles of people in purchasing and supply management, and in the longer term that will help to raise the status of the profession."
The new "national occupational standards", defining the skills and competencies of people in such roles, will be free.
The project is part of a drive by the government to raise skills levels in the UK workforce.
Anyone who would like to put forward their ideas can contact Chris Salmon, project co-ordinator, at email@example.com
More information is available on the project's website at www.polemics.org.uk, where you can also post messages.