Education success in the oil and gas sector

CIPS 29 July 2013

Procurement training completed in alomost 30 organisations in the oil and gas sector.

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply has trained procurement teams in almost 30 organisations in the Aberdeen oil and gas sector since the launch of the CIPS Oil & Gas Corporate Award Programme in 2010.

The programme is tailored for the sector and raises the professionalism of procurement and supply management through an applied learning route. Around 60 individuals are involved in the CIPS Oil & Gas people development process and as well as improving their skills, those that successfully complete the programme   achieve full CIPS status (MCIPS). Organisations include Technip UK Limited, KCA Deutag, GE Oil & Gas, AMEC, Cameron Subsea, Centrica Energy, and Total E&P.

CIPS has been working with Oil & Gas UK to raise the profile of good procurement and supply management in the sector with a number of conferences and seminar to allow experienced professionals and developing practitioners to discuss key issues and share best practice.

CIPS CEO David Noble said of the activity: “This is a highly targeted programme offering the best skills training for procurement and supply chain professionals and we’re proud that so many professionals from the oil and gas sector have participated with such high levels of achievement.

In this new age of procurement and supply management when demands on the profession are at a historical high, the rapid advances in technology, globalisation of trading and an unprecedented global recession, have created a unique environment, and we need the skills to match those challenges.”

Oonagh Werngren, Oil & Gas UK’s operations director, said: “Oil & Gas UK is delighted to recognise the achievements of a number of supply chain practitioners whose commitment to advancing their technical skills will contribute to the long term sustainability of the UK oil and gas supply chain.”

Nick Sorrie from Wood Group PSN completed the programme and commented: “The Corporate Award programme provided me with an excellent environment to refine my existing skills and challenged me to learn and develop new skills.

“The group modules broadened my horizons and I was able understand best practice by learning with people from different organisations facing the same problems as me.

“Producing a project at the end of the programme consolidated my knowledge, and I hope to make a real difference to my organisation through a tangible business proposal. By completing Corporate Award, I feel my career prospects have been greatly enhanced. Having MCIPS status not only lends a greater degree of professionalism to the procurement function, but it is now the benchmark for all purchasing and supply chain professionals.

“I feel the corporate award will stand me in good stead to meet future Supply Chain challenges facing the Oil & Gas Industry.”

The success of the Aberdeen programme has been instrumental in the launch of similar programmes in the Middle East and Norway.

New programmes in Aberdeen start at Advanced Procurement Practitioner level in September 2013 and Stavanger, Norway in December, with programmes for Practitioner levels in early 2014. Contact Phil Broughton: 01780 756777 or for more information. 


Notes to editors

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) is the world’s largest procurement and supply professional organisation.  It is the worldwide centre of excellence on purchasing and supply management issues.  CIPS has a global community of 100,000 in 150 different countries, including senior business people, high-ranking civil servants and leading academics.  The activities of purchasing and supply chain professionals have a major impact on the profitability and efficiency of all types of organisation and CIPS offers corporate solutions packages to improve business profitability.

For more information, contact: Trudy Salandiak, Public Relations Manager, CIPS, on +44 (0) 1780 761575/0755 4400731.

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