Serious Procurement e-Learning builds capability

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Serious Procurement e-Learning builds capability

If you are looking for serious procurement E-learning as part of your training portfolio, we provide several options for you to make this available to your team:

  1. Buying a library of courses and making them available to your target audience.
  2. A Buyer Development Plan, where you motivate your learner’s to follow a learning path, based on desired competence per role (or even on an individual level)
  3. Prepare for procurement accreditation examinations
  4. A mix of the above.

Putting a library at the disposal of your learner’s (option 1) shifts the responsibility for learning from the manager to the learner. As a manager, you would rely on the self-discipline of your learners to follow the courses. Experience suggests that in such a situation, most of your team will not complete the courses. The time and motivation are lacking. But for some reason, this is the “service” that has been promoted by most vendors.

Given the mediocre success of E-learning implementation in most corporations, we provide an alternative to failure.

The Learning Environment

If you are taking learning seriously, we believe that you need to create the conditions for success. Whether the training is mandated or not, option 2, formal development plans, require some level of enforcement to make them happen. Implementing a structured learning program for a buyer, senior buyer, induction training plan, etc. therefore, require a proactive management plan to steer successful learning transfer to the job.

Setting up your own Procurement Academy or University is the ultimate practice which demonstrates your commitment to developing your procurement teams capability.

However, up-skilling your team is only half the battle:

The saying “there is nothing worse than sending a changed person back into an unchanged organization” is very accurate.

If the organization does not allow them to put their new found skills into practice – people will quickly revert to old ways of doing things. They become demotivated and worse of all leave the organization to practice their skills elsewhere. Goal setting, rewards, incentives and most of all manager engagement is required to secure successful learning transfer.

So if you are serious about your procurement teams training. You should also address the organizational barriers preventing them from practicing their skill set. Improving the learning environment remains a challenge for most CPO’s today.

Nuff said …

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