CIPS News


Greater opportunity for Procurement Training in Cornwall

CIPS 26 May 2016

As part of Cornwall College’s development of professional courses within Cornwall and Devon, and in discussion with the procurement teams at two of Cornwall’s major employers Cornwall Council and Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, from July 2016 the College will be allowing greater access for mature students to the Chartered Institute for Procurement & Supply (CIPS) courses. 

As part of Cornwall College’s development of professional courses within Cornwall and Devon, and in discussion with the procurement teams at two of Cornwall’s major employers Cornwall Council and Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, from July 2016 the College will be allowing greater access for mature students to the Chartered Institute for Procurement & Supply (CIPS) courses. 

Students studying in and across Cornwall and west Devon will be using the purpose built exam centre at St Austell.  In addition to providing access to students studying CIPS with Cornwall College Group through their Business; Procurement and Supply CIPS Diploma Courses, the College have now for the first time opened up access to independent learners also studying CIPS through different routes.

Chris Bates Cornwall College’s Training manager said “We are delighted to open our exam centre at John Keay House, St Austell to all CIPS external learners.  Our exam centre is currently used by our own learners who have studied the Diploma units, taught by our CIPS approved tutors.  The College can also offer learners the opportunity to study individual stand-alone Diploma units with our tutors, if required”.

Lisa Symons from NHS Head of Procurement and Supplies at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust said “It is really good to hear that Cornwall College is providing a CIPS Exam Facility here in Cornwall that will be open to all CIPS students.

Previously staff from my team who study by distance learning have had to travel to Exeter to undertake CIPS exams - having this provision in Cornwall will be much more convenient, time saving, cost effective and less stressful for those involved.

Hopefully we can build on this by expanding the range of procurement study facilities on offer within the county, as this can only benefit the profession, employers and individuals, as it will encourage more people to become professionally qualified”.

Similarly Steve Sandercock from Cornwall Council’s Commercial Services Team welcomed the news as a “real positive step in supporting the opportunities for students to both high quality professional training and access to an exam centre on our doorstep”.

For anyone wanting more information, please speak to the Cornwall College Customer Enquiries team on 0845 22 32 567.

Cornwall College:                                  tracey.johnson@ccb.cornwall.ac.uk

Cornwall Council:                                  mediarelations@cornwall.gov.uk

Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust:    Garth.davies@nhs.net

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