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Training and courses

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Registration is now open for the four IDP modules on the Supply Chain School Sustainability portal and can be accessed via the links below. Please note you must login or sign up to the portal in order to access the modules.

The modules can also be accessed on the go via byte-sized learning, available through the free Construction Upskill app.

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Introduction to the Innovation Driven Procurement Project modules

Module 1: Collaborative Behaviours

Module Aim: To develop the attitudes and behaviours required to build strong, productive, and lasting relationships that drive collaboration and delivers benefits to everyone.


Module Objectives:

  • Gain clarity on the benefits of building strong relationships and having a collaborative approach

  • Identify how behaviour and attitudes impact ourselves and others

  • Identify how we can adapt our behaviour to deliver results

  • Gain clarity on how to build productive relationships

  • Practice using questioning and listening skills that support building


Benefits of this workshop:

  • To be able to identify how to add value through a collaborative approach both for yourself and others

  • Be able to adapt your behaviour to help deliver the results you need

  • Develop the skills to influence effectively and build productive relationships during face-to-face and virtual interactions.


Module 2: Collaborative Design and the Supply Chain

Module Aim: To engage the supply chain to collaboratively challenge and scrutinise aspects of the design relating to their work and identify any efficiencies that can improve productivity benefits for all.


Module Objectives:

  • Understand the need for the supply chain to engage in collaborative design scrutiny and associated productivity benefits to all including the supply chain themselves.

  • Understand the need for a user friendly process that can allow site operatives to feedback any design problems they encounter.

  • Introduce a collaborative software app to support and encourage design scrutiny and feedback by the Tier-2 and Tier-3 supply chain stakeholders on site.

  • Support the opportunity for a supply chain to practice with existing designs for the case study project.


Benefits of the session:

  • Software portal for supporting design scrutiny by Tier-2 and Tier-3 supply chain.

  • Opportunity for supply chain to gain hands-on practice experience with app using existing designs for the present project.


Module 3: Collaborative Risk Management using Flow Walks

Module Aim: To facilitate early engagement of the supply chain in identifying risks and improve reliability of collaborative plans using “flow walks”.


Module Objectives:

  • Introduce a “flow walks” as an early supply chain engagement process that enhances collaborative working and improves reliability of site production.

  • Understand how “flow walks” as a collaborative risk management approach can be used to improve the reliability of collaborative plans

  • Practice the use of “flow walks” in identifying risks before start on site.


Benefits of the session:

  • Understand why a focus on flow is important for improving reliability of site production and overall productivity and see clearly how the potential for “others” to interfere in your work can be anticipated and managed (this is known as the “next customer principle”).

  • Understand what collaborative planning is and the role of the last planner and see clearly that far from being a cost to you, being involved in planning can create more profitable work and that removing blockers and constraints in advance is more cost effective than claiming against your contract later.

  • Practice how the use of conversations about flow can be used in collaborative risk management to improve planning and productivity.

  • Practice and embed the use of “flow walks” as an early supply chain engagement process for identifying and resolving common disruptions to site workflow.

  • Develop collaborative workshop skills; have some prior knowledge of the high level risks associated with the project; and identify some specific actions to address some of these risks.


Module 4: Innovation and Value in the Supply Chain

Module Aim: To assist the supply chain identify and capture/embrace innovation and value for their productivity during projects.


Module Objectives:

  • Outline aspirations to develop a two-way dialogue as to the understanding and perception of value and innovation

  • Identify how to achieve a better, economically sound, and sustainable business with enhanced relationships

  • Identify what added-value through innovation means for the project and individually, and how the innovation grant can be used

  • Launch the innovation grant challenge call to inspire the supply chain to constantly think of innovative ways of working that drive value

Benefits of the session:

  • To understand the bigger picture throughout the supply chain to realise how you can contribute more widely (beyond pricing for and delivering a contract)

  • To identify how you can meet the value requirements of the Value Toolkit through innovation

  • To identify the benefits of two-way engagement

  • To be able to articulate and pitch positive contributions to the bigger project

  • Develop an enhanced relationship with the main contractor and their own subcontractor(s)


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