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Supply Chain Improvement Programmes

Showcasing the benefits of more collaborative working through better procurement

Improving performance through procurement




In the period July 2021 to March 2023, we will be working with groups of buyers and suppliers to demonstrate productivity improvements through better procurement and more collaborative working.

The Supply Chain Sustainability School are offering 10 Supply Chain Improvement Programmes (SCIPs) with the aim of improving productivity and performance. By completing this performance through procurement improvement programme, projects should achieve the following benefits:

  • Improved productivity through better collaborative working.
  • Cost savings through improved procurement skills down the value chain
  • Time savings through fewer changes and delays through contractual or communication issues
  • Quality improvements through fewer incidents of rework and snags
  • Evidence of improved performance down the value chain through use of the cloud-based application
  • A better trained team for the next project

This CITB funded programme has been developed in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), Kings College London (KCL) and the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW). It is also aligned with other CITB funded programmes from CECA and Nottingham Trent University.

We can offer two options:

  • Learning journey – we can take a cohort of up to 20 people from your business, your clients and/or your supply chain on an instructor led learning journey to improve their procurement skills and apply them on a way that improves value
  • Diagnostic journey – we can allocate one of our consultants to work with a group of buyers and suppliers to analyse the effectiveness of the business relationship and provide support to find ways to improve.
“Industry training on collaborative procurement is long overdue. A practical understanding of collaborative relationships, tools and systems is essential to help us resolve age-old problems and to improve efficiency, value and risk management. King’s College London Centre of Construction Law have been glad to support the Supply Chain Sustainability School in developing their modules, workshops and online tools on Collaborative Construction Procurement, and we strongly recommend them.”
Professor David Mosey, Centre of Construction Law, King’s College London



As a pilot programme, we worked with South East & Mid Wales Collaborative Construction Framework (SEWSCAP) to help local authority clients and suppliers of modular buildings to improve the effectiveness of the framework.

Morgan Sindall

We are taking a cohort of people from Morgan Sindall, their infrastructure clients and tier 1 suppliers through an instructor led learning journey.

Laing O'Rourke

We are taking a cohort of people from Laing O'Rourke through a bespoke training programme, dedicated to the needs of the team.


We are working with the team from ISG to produce and implement a new Procurement Policy, as well as taking the team through a series of workshops.

Procurement Training

In addition to the Supply Chain Improvement Programmes, we have developed procurement-related e-learning modules, resources and a programme of related events. See a selection below or view the Procurement library to discover more.

Procurement for Beginners
Collaborative Construction Procurement
“Improving procurement skills and capabilities throughout the construction sector has been highlighted in a number of studies and reports as an essential part of addressing some of the poor commercial practices which affect performance, reduce quality and impact safety. It is important that improvement in procurement practices happen at all levels of the supply chain. We at CIPS have been happy to support this important procurement education initiative by the Supply Chain Sustainability School. We would encourage everyone to take advantage of these excellent educational resources and invest the time to improve their procurement skills.”
Duncan Brook, Group Director at Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)
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