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APUC has established separate 1-day training sessions covering the Procurement Reform Act and the EU Procurement Regulations as well as shorter briefing sessions for senior management and budget holders. Planned events are listed below, however these are available upon request. If you have a need for procurement training or wish to enquire about any of the events listed on this page, please contact Stephen Connor for booking details.

Training is also available through the HE Procurement Academy (HEPA) and details of those events that are offered in England and Wales can be found here.



Event Location Provider Cost
Principles of Life Cycle Costing

On completion of this course attendees will:
  • Understand the legal and policy context and requirements for Life Cycle Costing in procurement
  • Understand when to apply life cycle costs and relevant stakeholders
  • Be able to consider the relevant scope and apply Life Cycle Costs
  • Understand elements of costs associated with the purchase of a product or service over its life cycle
  • Apply learning to live categories/commodities/projects

** Only 4 spaces remaining!! **

Further information and booking details for the couse can be found here
Edinburgh College (Sighthill Campus)

21 September 2017
APUCFree

(£100 fee chargable for late cancellation/non-attendance)
Principles of Life Cycle Costing

On completion of this course attendees will:
  • Understand the legal and policy context and requirements for Life Cycle Costing in procurement
  • Understand when to apply life cycle costs and relevant stakeholders
  • Be able to consider the relevant scope and apply Life Cycle Costs
  • Understand elements of costs associated with the purchase of a product or service over its life cycle
  • Apply learning to live categories/commodities/projects

** Only 1 space remaining!! **

Further information and booking details for the couse can be found here
University of Strathclyde

12 October 2017
APUCFree

(£100 fee chargable for late cancellation/non-attendance)
Procurement of Works

On completion of this course attendees will:
  • Be aware of the different types of construction contract including model forms and their relationship to payment mechanisms and risk allocation
  • Be aware of the range of related government and industry initiatives
  • Know the scale of works projects in terms of expenditure and sustainability
  • Understand how works projects are managed
  • Understand the construction market and the wide range of services provided from planning, design and construction through to professional services
  • Understand the importance of construction in the public sector
  • Understand the importance of controlling and managing variations and claims
  • Understand the relationship between project and contract management and between the main contractors and any subcontractors

Further information and booking details for the couse can be found here
Stirling Business Centre, Wellgreen, Stirling, FK8 2DZ

17 October 2017
APUCFree

(£100 fee chargable for late cancellation/non-attendance)
Specification Writing and Development

On completion of this course attendees will:
  • Be able to draft an effective specification for tender documentation
  • Be aware of the impact of poorly drafted specifications
  • Know how to avoid common pitfalls that lead to poorly executed contracts
  • Know who is responsible for specification writing within tender documents
  • Understand how to distinguish between types of specifications
  • Understand the various types of specification

Further information and booking details for the couse can be found here
Stirling Business Centre, Wellgreen, Stirling, FK8 2DZ

21 November 2017
APUCFree

(£100 fee chargable for late cancellation/non-attendance)
Use of Evaluation Criteria for Supplier Selection and Award

On completion of this course attendees will:
  • Be able to distinguish between exclusion, selection, short listing and award criteria
  • Be able to define criteria to evaluate, effectively, value for money in relation to business need
  • Be able to combine quality and price evaluations for a range of scoring systems
  • Be able to apply supplier selection and contract award processes in compliance with EU procurement legislation
  • Be aware of the consequences of non-compliance with legislative requirements

Further information and booking details for the couse can be found here
Stirling Business Centre, Wellgreen, Stirling, FK8 2DZ

17 January 2018
APUCFree

(£100 fee chargable for late cancellation/non-attendance)
Contract Law Terms and Conditions

On completion of this course attendees will:
  • Be able to identify and use suitable terms in both buyer and seller contracts
  • Know selected clauses that address practical problems and issues
  • Know the structure and format of terms and conditions of contract
  • Understand the basics of contract law relating to terms and conditions
  • Understand the working terms and conditions of contract

Further information and booking details for the couse can be found here
Stirling Business Centre, Wellgreen, Stirling, FK8 2DZ

06 February 2018
APUCFree

(£100 fee chargable for late cancellation/non-attendance)
Frameworks and Mini Competitions

On completion of this course attendees will:
  • Understand legislation as it applies to EU frameworks and mini competitions
  • Be able to complete the processes of procuring from and using frameworks
  • Understand the management of call offs and mini competition exercises
  • Be able to use effective strategies and lotting approaches to frameworks
  • Know the recent changes in legislation related to frameworks

Further information and booking details for the couse can be found here
Stirling Business Centre, Wellgreen, Stirling, FK8 2DZ

20 February 2018
APUCFree

(£100 fee chargable for late cancellation/non-attendance)
The Procurement Reform Act
This 1 day course covers the context and reasons for the legislative changes, looks at the key concepts of the Act and explains when these apply, identifies the duties that must be applied to a regulated procurement, outlines the statutory guidance and defines the requirements of the procurement strategy and annual report.
Upon requestAPUCFree
The EU Procurement Regulations
A 1 day course covering the context and reasons for the changes to the EU Procurement Regulations in the context of the HE/FE sector. This course examines some of the key areas of focus, explains the impact of the change including opportunities and risks and looks at behaviour change in institutions.
Upon requestAPUCFree
Senior Management Briefing
Aimed at Principals, Vice-Principals and Heads of Departments, this 30 minute briefing provides an overview of the recent legislative changes along with the impact and associated risks this brings to institutions.
Upon requestAPUCFree
Budget Holder Training
The Budget Holder training takes more of an in depth look at the impact of the EU Procurement Regulations and the Reform Act considering in more detail what the operational implications of the changes mean for institutions.
Upon requestAPUCFree
Introduction to Procurement Upon requestAPUCFree
BUFDG Introduction to HE Finance
OnlineBUFDGFree for BUFDG members
HEPA (Higher Education Procurement Academy)
HEPA has developed a series of online learning courses, specifically aimed at procurement. These courses are a cost effective way to develop the skills of a central procurement team and staff who are not part of the central team, but who have procurement in their role.
Many institutions are already signed up and have a HEPA e-learning license, please click here to check if your institution is signed up. The 6 courses are:
  • Introduction to HE procurement - FREE for all HEPA members
  • Legislative Changes, The Bribery Act
  • Supplier Due Diligence and Risk Management
  • Cost Modelling
  • Spend Analysis - graphs to max/impact findings
  • Sustainability
OnlineHEPA£160 per module per Institution, or £640 for all 6
Sustainable procurement e-learning modules
Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has developed a series of free e-learning modules for key categories designed to inform procurers on how to sustainably procure products and services under key categories.

These free e-learning modules include good practice guidance to enable organisations to use sustainable procurement to make cost savings, use fewer resources and send less waste to landfill.

The category modules are available for:

OnlineWRAPFree
Six eLearning modules are now available to APUC members, covering:

  • Procurement Legislation & Duties
  • Reporting Duties
  • Planning a Procurement
  • Procedures
  • Exclusion, Selection and Award
  • Procurement Regulations and Sustainability
OnlineAPUC Buyers PortalFree

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