The Government Commercial Function (GCF) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) are extending their joint MOU for a further 12 months in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the emerging commercial capability needs over the longer term.
The MOU was originally signed in 2017 and was focused on a variety of actions to support the GCF’s aim to be the best commercial function in the UK and CIPS in promoting and developing high standards in the procurement and supply profession through the competency, skills and integrity agenda for the public benefit.
The partnership 2017-2020 has delivered the following outcomes:
CIPS Chartered Status
- GCF announced the expectation that all MCIPS and FCIPS holders, and those studying the qualification, are expected to obtain and maintain Chartered Status.
CIPS/GCF Pathway to MCIPS Chartered
- CIPS and GCF have developed a customised route for Government Commercial Organisation (GCO) professionals to achieve Chartered MCIPS status.
Ethics/Modern Day Slavery
- The GCF has been involved in refreshing the modern slavery content in the CIPS Ethics e-Learning and Test training product. The GCF included the CIPS Ethics e-Learning and Test as the recommended learning within the UK Government Statement on Modern Slavery published in March 2020.
- CIPS has provided special access for commercial and contract management professionals across all government commercial functions to support uptake and upskilling.
Continuing Professional Development as part of the Chartered Status Launch
- Promoting CIPS CPD – The GCF are assigning CIPS CPD hours to their own events/learning resources to support lifelong learning and as part of the drive on Chartered Status; and include a link to the CIPS CPD portal.
Other Collaboration and Support Initiatives
- Since 2018 CIPS has supported the GCF Accreditation Board, with a Group Director joining the Board to provide technical and competency guidance.
- The CIPS GCF Senior Commercial Leaders Forum, with 3-4 meetings annually (pre-Covid 19), has been established with the aim to collaborate on improving competency and L&D agenda; these for a provide an opportunity for external specialists to share best practice and has included successful visits to share experiences from CIPS’ corporate employers, such as Jaguar Land Rover.
- CIPS has provided a variety of people development programmes such as Accredited programmes, Group membership, Corporate Ethics, Skills Training, MER’s, PEP and Apprenticeships to a number of government departments including the Cabinet Office, MOD, HMRC, MOJ, Home Office, Crown Commercial Service and Local Government.
- The GCF and CIPS continue to collaborate on the joint promotion and communication of competency, learning and development and ethics themes throughout the period of the partnership
Malcolm Harrison, Group CEO, CIPS said, “As we move forward into recovery mode out of the pandemic, it is clear that commercial capability will be even more critical. We are delighted with the progress we have achieved over the past 3 years and look forward to delivering more in the coming 12 months. We’re delighted to be working with GCF on such an important programme of improvement and to continue to raise the profile and value of the profession and its commercial capability.”
Gareth Rhys Williams, Government Chief Commercial Officer said, "I am delighted to see a positive and deepening relationship between the GCF and CIPS over the last three years. This relationship supports our aim to be the best commercial function in the UK. In 2020 we achieved our highest ever number of finalists and winners at the CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards. The UK government partnered with CIPS to develop the modern slavery content in the CIPS ethical procurement e‑learning and test, this was included in the UK government statement on modern slavery published earlier this year. As Head of the Function and Profession I expect our rising number of MCIPS and FCIPS holders to achieve Chartered Status as part of their continuing professional development journey. The extension to the MOU will give us time to plan for the longer term, reflecting on the capability needs of the profession to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future."
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About the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)
CIPS, the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, is the dynamic champion driving the global procurement and supply management profession. We set the Global Standard in procurement and supply management and are an awarding organisation recognised by regulatory authorities. We have a membership of over 70,000 procurement and supply professionals and members in over 150 countries.