EU Legislation and Reform Act Training
The Scottish Government has developed a comprehensive e-learning package and reference tool, which provides detailed information on the key changes to Procurement Legislation in Scotland. This is part of a package of support to assist with the implementation of the new procurement legislation in Scotland. It is crucial that all public sector procurement professionals take the opportunity to update themselves on these changes before they come into force 18 April 2016. Public Contracts Scotland (PCS), PCS-Tender and the Procurement Journey are fully compliant with the new regulations.
The e-learning reference pack is hosted on and available to download from the Professional Practice and Development Knowledge Hub group. This Knowledge Hub is a mechanism to enable the Professional Practice and Development Strategic Forum (PP&DSF) to share professional practice and address learning priorities across the Scottish public sector’s procurement community.
In order to access the e-learning, you must have an account on Knowledge Hub; this is free to create and takes two minutes to set up. Please also be aware that the e-learning requires Flash Player. If you do not already have this installed on your computer, please consult your IT department for assistance with downloading this free plugin.
The e-learning will likely take up to half a day to complete and has been divided up into sections so you can fit it around your schedule or navigate to the specific section you would like to review. The package has been developed to be a useful reference tool to help increase familiarisation with the changes in legislation.
The e-learning is designed to aid procurement practitioners and other stakeholders identify the key changes in the new procurement legislation, and will cover the following legislation:
- Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015
- Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014
- Procurement (Scotland) Regulations 2016
- Concessions Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2016
In addition, free face-to-face seminars will take place for public sector purchasers in Edinburgh and Glasgow, with limited events also taking place in Inverness and Aberdeen. These seminars are targeted at professional procurement staff within Scottish public bodies, including staff with authority to purchase over £50,000. The seminars will provide a chance to explore key changes further and will assume a level of understanding of the new legislation. Therefore, the seminars will only be open to purchasers that have completed the eLearning in advance. It will also offer you a chance to highlight any common learning and skills areas of opportunity for further collaboration across the buying community.
More information on how to book on these seminars will be sent to public sector purchasers shortly.