22 October 2007 | Andy Allen
Scottish public sector procurement bodies have joined forces to raise the profile of the profession among students.
Representatives from Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC), the National Procurement Centre of Expertise and buying group Scotland Excel staffed a joint stand at last week's 2007 Scottish Graduate Recruitment Fair to promote procurement as a career choice.
A spokesman for APUC said it was important to raise the profile of procurement as a career and attract talented graduates in the wake of the McClelland Report, which revealed a shortage of procurement professionals in Scotland.
The 2006 report identified a need to double the current number of procurement professionals in Scotland.
Information from CIPS was available at the event, in a bid to encourage 300 new graduates to join the profession. A skills workshop was also held, to highlight the importance of procurement in saving public money.