High-quality CIPS tuition helping you, your employer & your career
The strapline of our organisation is not just a random set of consultancy-inspired words. They’re serious, like our teaching. Let’s take a look at each of these three sets of benefits in more detail.
Firstly, the benefits to the individual. The increased competence of the individual students can be found both in and out of the workplace. Many students increase their confidence, not only through increasing their technical knowledge of procurement and supply chain, but also through their contributions in class where they find themselves in discussion with students from other organisations and sectors, whose work and life experiences may be radically different. Take for example the ‘Pareto Principle’- the idea that a small percentage of an overall group of items has a disproportionate effect on that group – sometimes known as ‘the 80/20 rule’. Recognition and understanding of the principle helps an individual prioritise their work tasks as well as in some cases aspects of their private lives. Your top five suppliers might account for 70% of your overall organisational spend, or your mortgage / rent and car loan might account for 75% of your monthly after-tax family outgoings. An understanding of what really matters in the workplace helps develop focus, efficiency and higher-quality outputs.
For the individual there is also the likelihood of increasing recognition and enhanced status among colleagues. Peers begin to recognise someone as a ‘professional’ rather than someone who just ‘gets by’. And linked to this, sometimes surprisingly quickly comes the possibility of progression within the organisation, and of course, progression is likely to bring increased personal financial rewards.
For the employer, the benefits of staff undertaking CIPS studies should be almost self-evident. The CIPS Diploma provides all-round professional training at the level of the buyer or procurement manager. The reduced guesswork and risk to be found through qualified team members leads the employer to have greater confidence in their staff, who will have enhanced work quality coupled with faster more value-enhancing decision-making. So, for example, the CIPS subject of ‘Sourcing’ teaches the employee how to effectively locate and contract the most suitable supplier for organisational needs. A process which might previously have been hit-and-miss now becomes almost a science with a step-by-step approach resulting in better quality more reliable suppliers, often with lower overall cost and substantially reduced risk. What price a late delivery when the organisation’s most valued client is waiting? What cost a supplier unexpectedly going into liquidation? What value lost when trading on inappropriate terms and conditions when defective goods or services are received? And these are only three routine experiences of under-performing organisations, all addressed in a single subject, out of five subjects which make up the CIPS Diploma. A single enhanced sourcing or negotiation experience, say, can easily repay the investment in CIPS qualifications, many times over. What we are discussing here is not a rarity – these are routine benefits of undertaking the CIPS educational experience.
In terms of an individual’s career, it follows from the above that the individual can only benefit from all of this. The CIPS (Level4) Diploma is in demand from employers, but the CIPS (Level 6) Professional Diploma is even more in demand owing to the thoroughness of its coverage, the rigour of the assessments and the depth of thinking and understanding it creates in individuals. We have many examples of sponsoring employers promoting and financially rewarding students on our courses, with several being promoted not once but twice by their sponsoring employers during their three years with us. And for those who have invested in themselves, or who have outgrown their sponsoring organisation, we have seen ex-students changing employer and gaining, in some cases, very substantial benefits.
In conclusion, our strapline is not just a trite phrase to sell something to potential customers – it reflects reality as many of our ex-students are happy to testify in our brochure, or at our Summer Open Evenings.