City of Glasgow College wins National Award for contribution to procurement profession

City of Glasgow College has been recognised for making the Best Contribution to the Reputation of the Procurement Profession at the annual Supply Management Awards.

The college was awarded the accolade alongside the Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland at the Supply Management Awards, held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London. It comes as a result of the college’s ongoing successful partnership with the Chartered Institute for Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and the Scottish Government Procurement Team. This ground breaking partnership tackled a fundamental challenge for Procurement in making it attractive to young people. The team created a pilot programme with five local schools which saw almost one hundred 15-17 year old pupils undertake a teaching programme and achieve a certificate.

The Procurement Team at the college said; “A lot of hard work has went into this programme and it wouldn’t have been possible without the support and commitment from the Procurement staff at the Scottish Government. It is fantastic for us and everyone involved to be recognised at such a prestigious event”.

College Principal Paul Little said: “We are proud that our commitment to the procurement profession has been recognised at the Supply Management Awards. We recently celebrated our thirty year association with CIPS and I am delighted that the hard work, determination and effort of the staff here has been given national recognition”. He continues; “in partnership with the Scottish Government we are now ready to take this award winning project to the next level”.

Nikki Bell, Head of Scottish Procurement Policy & Strategy said; “The College schools programme sits at the heart of the wider Procurement People of Tomorrow initiative which could be a real game changer for procurement. We’re ‘thinking big’! We’re determined to do what we can to support youth employment, get young people in to our profession and help build the commercial skills we need in Scotland. This award recognises not just the hard graft of the teams involved, but commitment and collaboration across the wider public and private sectors.”

The college also recently launched an HNC/D in Supply Chain and Procurement which is the first of its kind in Scotland offering pupils a pathway into a career in the Procurement Industry.