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Industry Launches Collaborative Construction Procurement Training Hub

Procurement, Procurement for Beginners, Procurement for Professionals, Supplier Relationship & Management, Supply Chain Improvement Programmes

Published 22nd Nov 21 - by jennysimpson

22 November, London, UK — The Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS), a multi-award-winning initiative which represents a common approach to addressing sustainability within supply chains, has partnered with Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) and Nottingham Trent University to launch a construction-focused training hub.

Funded by CITB, the Collaborative Construction Procurement Training Hub (CCPTH) is dedicated to improving the quality of procurement practices in the built environment industry. The sector has not increased its productivity over the last forty years and SCSS members often cite procurement as a blocker to innovation and improved performance.

The new procurement hub will be launched during CECA’s 25th Anniversary week-long virtual conference, with the event taking place between 14:00-15:30 on 26 November 2021. The event will discuss the purpose of the hub – to increase the skills level for those who buy products and sub-contract services within the industry. By improving these procurement skills, the CCPTH hope to drive productivity improvements, and increased value for clients.

The objective is to create a single eco-system of procurement skills and development – including a single online portal for accessing training tools, toolkits and both virtual and face-to-face training. It will also set out to create a collaborative engagement strategy, as well as offer free, publicly available lean construction training materials and tools, developed by LCI-UK through CITB funding.

By visibly improving construction project performance, the hub will establish a strong procurement function with an efficient and effective supply chain, who can deliver materials and services to a construction project, on time and to budget. Most importantly, the hub will support the evolution of the construction industry, by equipping its’ workforce to handle an ever-changing business and operating model. The methods laid out by the CCPTH will embrace evolving procurement models and processes, hopefully leading to industry adoption.


Shaun McCarthy OBE, Chair of the Supply Chain Sustainability School, said: “Procurement skills are essential to help the construction sector to achieve new levels of safety and productivity and to achieve more sustainable profit margins. The Supply Chain Sustainability School is delighted to work with CECA and Nottingham Trent University to create a knowledge hub to help all those contributing to procurement decisions and working with supply chains to improve their skills.”

Alasdair Reisner, CEO, CECA, said: “The Government and the industry’s clients are increasingly recognising the importance of effective procurement to deliver outstanding outcomes for construction projects and programmes. But this relies on high quality procurement capability across the sector. We are delighted to be working with such brilliant partners to develop training to make this a reality.” 

To register your interest for the launch event taking place on the 26 November 2021, register here.



Lydia Higgins

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About Supply Chain Sustainability School:
The Supply Chain Sustainability School is a multi-award-winning initiative which represents a common approach to addressing sustainability within supply chains. With more than 39,000 registered users, the School provides free practical learning and support in the form of sustainability training, events and networking, e-learning modules, tailored assessment and a library of over 2,900 online resources.

The School is part-funded by CITB and industry Partners. It is delivered by an independent third-party consultancy, Action Sustainability. Leadership is provided by a School Board comprising elected representatives of Partners, responsible for fiscal governance and strategic direction. A Code of Ethics is signed by all Partners as part of the School Constitution and Partners lead the direction of the School content and activities through leadership groups. https://www.supplychainschool.co.uk/

About CECA:

The Civil Engineering Contractors Association is the representative body for companies who work day-to-day to deliver, upgrade, and maintain the country’s infrastructure. With more than 300 members split across eight regions, CECA represents firms who together carry out an estimated 70-80 per cent of all civil engineering activity in the UK, in the key sectors of transport, energy, communications, waste and water.