The Cabinet Office is providing a comprehensive learning and development programme to support suppliers and contracting authorities operating within the new regime and has produced an initial suite of material, in the form of short guides, to support this.
These short guides provide a high-level overview of the key features of the Act, timelines for implementation and next steps for contracting authorities and suppliers.
The Cabinet Office material can be accessed here and includes:
- A short guide to the Act for senior leaders.
- A short guide to the Act for suppliers.
- Various short videos and animations for procurement practitioners, including video messages from Gareth Rhys Williams, Government Chief Commercial Officer, for contracting authorities and suppliers.
This material will continue to be supplemented with further learning and development material in the period between now and October 2024 when the Act comes into force.
Aside from the suite of training material mentioned above, the Cabinet Office has also published various other helpful documents. These include a Planning and Preparation Checklist which identifies actions to be taken in four key areas which the Government hope will help contracting authorities prepare for the reforms, i.e., processes and policies, systems, people and transition.
The Cabinet Office has also produced a Learning and Development Guide which intends to support the transition to the new system and provides further information about the learning and development packages that will be on offer.
To stay up-to-date on developments, you can sign up to the Government’s mailing list, or visit the ‘Transforming Public Procurement’ website for further information and key updates.