Contracting Excellence Magazine - May 2011
Sandra Lewy of IACCM (on the right) Enjoying The Celebration of The Royal Wedding!
IACCM Plays A Growing Role In UK Government's Drive To Improve Contracting Skills
Improvements to contract management skills lie at the heart of UK government policy as it seeks to tackle the challenges created by the global financial crisis. The importance of commercial and contract management skills has been highlighted in a series of Government reports and statements around the world. In the UK, this has translated to specific action to seek new and improved training and development for Government staff. After long consultation, IACCM was selected to pilot the development of contract management capabilities.
IACCM has been working with the UK Cabinet Office to develop an eLearning programme that draws from the Association’s established and highly successful Managed Learning syllabus for contract management. That work resulted in an exciting milestone on 19th May when a group from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is the first to complete the 4-month programme. IACCM CEO and President, Tim Cummins and Sally Collier, the Executive Director of Policy and Capability, from the government’s Cabinet Office, awarded certificates to the successful participants at a ceremony in London. Also attending were Debbie Hannifin, the leader of the Defra team, Paul Mallory and Debi Hadrill from IACCM. Debbie’s role in mentoring her team through the pilot was especially acknowledged for its contribution to their achievement.
Tim Cummins remarked: “This is an important step for UK government in addressing the critical role of Contract Management in delivering better value outcomes. IACCM is delighted and proud to be playing a role in improving government contracting and we are looking forward to expanding the programme in the UK and in the many other countries where we operate”.
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