An eye on the future

11 June 2013
At the 2012 Scottish Procurement Conference, deputy first minister, Nicola Sturgeon announced the ambitious vision for ‘Procurement People of Tomorrow’. This initiative – inspired by CIPS’ ‘Generation Y’ concept – aims to give procurement and supply chain a higher profile in the school curriculum. It will encourage people to consider it as a career and deliver clear, flexible pathways into the profession. It brings together public and private sector organisations and at its heart is the belief that young people should be everyone’s business.   A key focus is the procurement in schools’ programme, targeted at 15- to 17-year-olds. A successful pilot, delivered by City of Glasgow College with the Scottish Government and CIPS, was conducted in five schools. With 82 
pupils earning a College Certificate of Achievement, 28 went on to gain a CIPS Level 2 certificate participating in a school’s challenge. A further 30 participated in a pathfinder project led by Bathgate Academy, supported by local industry. This balanced vocational and academic learning to gain a National Progress Award (equivalent to a BTEC) in supply chain operations. The first HND in Supply Chain Management and Procurement in Scotland was launched this year by the City of Glasgow College and several school challenge participants have signed up. More have expressed interest in our modern procurement apprenticeship, which is due to launch later this year for 16- to 19-year-olds. Others may choose to sign up for the first undergraduate degree in procurement in Scotland, with a 2015 launch planned in time for HND students to convert to the degree. All will have 
the opportunity of a work placement. Scotland has already secured commitment to embed procurement within career guidance in every school through Skills Development Scotland’s innovative one-stop-shop careers guidance portal ‘My World of Work’. Now, we’re asking employers to help 
us build the skills they need by committing to adopt procurement apprentices and offer student, intern and graduate placements. We need to invest now in the future talent we need. Let’s think bigger and grab the opportunity to help build better business acumen by marketing our transferrable skills. Students, teachers and college tutors 
will share their experiences at the Scottish Procurement Conference at the SECC in Glasgow on 22 October. To sign up to adopt apprentices, take on graduates or offer placements, email
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