A critical role that procurement practitioners serve is benefitting the population within a jurisdiction through economic stimulation and sustainability practices. Practitioners must understand how to properly engage Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in procurements. Also, practitioners must understand how to employ sustainability efforts in ways that can benefit their entity.
In order to successfully earn a digital badge, learners must:
- Build, grow and optimize Disadvantaged Business Enterprises programs using different methods,
- Incorporate environmental sustainability efforts in their everyday procurements,
- Support the local economy through the inclusion of work with local businesses, and
- Mitigate challenges, which may occur through service contracts because of labor issues.
Designed to promote applicable experiences for practitioners working in the public sector, NIGP’s Pathways competency courses empower learners with the ready-to-implement actions they need to succeed in public procurement. This introductory course is designed for:
- Public procurement and central warehouse professionals who serve as assistants, coordinators, buyers, or equivalent functions within their respective entities.
- Non-procurement managers and supervisors who are responsible for either the procurement function or staff who provide procurement functions under delegated authority.
- Professionals who are employed by governing entities and special authorities (such as K-12 and higher education, publicly-owned utilities, transportation providers, and other publicly-funded or created organizations) that either serve within or manage the procurement function.
Suppliers or representatives of suppliers seeking to understand the public procurement function from a holistic level, including the policies, standards, and procedures by which public entities must function.