Government Procurement Service: Learning & Development Strategy

OGC, GPS(Government Procurement Service)


1. Transforming Government Procurement (TGP) requires:

‘the embedding (of) common standards and skillsets across Government procurers through a programme of training and development to enable professionals, who properly understand the principles of value for money on a whole-life costing basis, to engage with the market in a sophisticated manner.’

2. This requirement flows from the stated vision of Departments’ senior procurement professionals to “create a sustainable balance of appropriately skilled and suitably managed procurement professionals, to match the growing scale and complexity of Government’s delivery agenda” through recommendations made to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury (FST) in late 2006, which included:

Recommendation 11: Head of GPS to codify extant training and development capacity across all Departments and arrange to make cross-departmental training widely available.

Recommendation 13: Head of GPS, working with Procurement Directors, to identify gaps in training capability and capacity and to stimulate the market to close such gaps, by articulating the requirement and facilitating departmental access to providers.

3. The definition of procurement used by the GPS is outlined in the introduction to TGP (sections 1.1 to 1.3), in summary: “the purchase of goods or services from third parties” starting “from the point where the need to make a purchase to deliver an objective has been identified” through to “when the product has been used up or sold on, or the service contract has been delivered in full”.

4. This document proposes the overarching strategy for the design, development and delivery of learning and development (L & D) interventions for those engaged in delivery or support of procurement activities.


5. The strategy is intended to:

  • (i) support the aims of Transforming Government Procurement;
  • (ii) focus on outcomes;
  • (iii) set standards for the design and delivery of L & D interventions;
  • (iv) promote standardisation and rationalisation of initiatives;
  • (v) complement, not replace, extant departmental plans and initiatives for professional development;
  • (vi) encourage and promote participating Departments to work collectively and collaboratively;
  • (vii) link to relevant external/wider Government strategies and policies e.g. Professional Skills for Government (PSG);
  • (viii) deliver better value from Government’s procurement L & D expenditure.