04 October 2007 | Antony Barton
The Government Procurement Service has created a set of training standards as a guide for public bodies looking to develop their staff.
Procurement professionals in 15 government departments collaborated to create the GPS Skills Framework, which aims to be sufficiently flexible for application across the public sector.
The framework is divided into nine areas: strategic awareness; public procurement context; procurement processes; contract management; relationship management; markets; inventory/logistics management; finance; and programme and project management.
For each of these, it describes the capabilities needed to achieve four levels: awareness, developing, practitioner and expert.
It is not linked to civil service grades and so does not correlate with the Professional Skills for Government structure.
The OGC says it welcomes feedback on the framework, which will be amended in January to incorporate any improvements suggested by users.