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New training in contract management is now available. This is part of the government’s commitment to invest in training to help you manage contracts and relationships with suppliers.
The Foundation online training is now live and you can sign up at www.mycmlearning.co.uk. It is a free course and you can find out more below.
You may also want to join our mailing list to receive updates on the programme.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any problems signing up for the training.
1. What training is available?
Training and accreditation in contract management is offered at three levels:
The training is based on the Contract Management Professional Standards which outline eight capability areas to guide you in your work.
The Foundation level training is an online course and is available now. You can sign up at www.mycmlearning.co.uk.
The Foundation level online training is split into six interactive modules, as well as an introductory module. Each module takes between one and three hours to complete. You can take your time and come back to the training at any point.
Some people may be in-scope for training at Practitioner or Expert level. Read the ‘training levels’ section to find out more.
You will need to reach the benchmark score in the assessment to achieve accreditation. Achieving accreditation will allow you to be recognised for your skills.
2. Who is the training for?
You may manage supplier relationships or contracts in addition to your role, with little support or training. We want to change that.
- there are at least 30,000 civil servants, like you, spread across every government department working in policy, digital, project management, operational delivery, HR and many other job roles
- together, we spend around £49 billion each year on contracts with third-party suppliers, often on life-changing goods and services for the public
- we can save money for taxpayers and get better outcomes from suppliers if we get this part of our role right - improving the way we work with suppliers and manage contracts
- this is a new initiative endorsed by the Civil Service Board - supported by Mark Sedwill, John Manzoni and permanent secretaries - and backed by every central government department
The training will help you understand all elements of the contract lifecycle, as outlined in the Contract Management Professional Standards. It will create a common contract-management language, diverse knowledge-base and skill-set across government.
3. Training levels
There are three training levels: Foundation, Practitioner and Expert. The levels are based on the Contract Management Professional Standards. Your level is not based on your Civil Service grade.
The Standards outline eight capability areas to guide you in your work. They are recognised across government and give you a common language and skill-set to use.
To identify your level, have a look at the definitions below and discuss them with your line manager. If you need any help, please contact email@example.com.
- you may have another ‘day job’
- however, you engage time-to-time with suppliers or take part in contract management activities as part of your role
- you may not be responsible for all activities relating to that contract
- the supplier relationship or contract you manage may be lower value, lower complexity or lower risk
- you may be a full-time, professional contract manager, or you may manage a supplier or contract as part of your role
- you may be responsible for the supplier relationship or contract from start to end, or responsible for important decisions for very complex or high value contracts
- the supplier relationship or contract you manage may be medium value or high risk
- you may be a full-time, professional contract manager, or you may be responsible for ensuring the delivery of the works, goods or services
- you are responsible for making important decisions about the supplier relationship or contract
- you are responsible (or have a large input) in deciding strategies for the delivery of goods or services
- the supplier relationships or contracts you manage are complicated, higher value or higher risk
Your accreditation will be recognised across government and is based on the Contract Management Professional Standards, which are endorsed by:
- Government Commercial Function (GCF)
- International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM)
- Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)
4. Ongoing support and resources
Join the government-wide mailing list to receive updates on the programme and join the contract management community.
Here is a list of blog posts, webinars and videos the community has found useful:
- Contract Management Training and Accreditation Brochure
- Blog post by Sir Jeremy Heywood on why this training matters
- Blog post by Jon Thompson, Chief Executive and Permanent Secretary, HM Revenue & Customs, on how this training supports you to deliver public services well
- Public Accounts Committee meeting recording in parliament on 20 June with John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the Civil Service, and Gareth Rhys Williams, Government Chief Commercial Officer, which discusses this training offer
- Speech on rebuilding trust in outsourcing by David Lidington, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which mentions this training offer
- Speech at BSA Annual Chairman’s Dinner by David Lidington, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which mentions the launch of the training to an estimated 30,000 civil servants
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