Equalities and Procurement
Intended audience and brief background
The ideal audience for this course is a mixture of equalities officers, service managers, and those officers and managers with specific responsibility for commissioning, procurement, contract management, policy and improvement and efficiency.
Attendees could include:
Procurement, commissioning, legal, finance, policy, service managers as well as equalities officers.
The course could be adapted to include private sector and Third sector partners and suppliers.
Objectives of the course and format
The aim of the course is to bring together officers to make all aware of their legal responsibilities under the Equality Act and to demonstrate how implementing the public sector equality duty can help them better meet the needs of all their citizens.
Delegates will learn about:
1. The legislative requirements
2. Welsh government policy
3. How to assess the equalities aspects and impact of what they are buying and how they buy it
4. How to work within the commissioning/ procurement cycle
5. Practical steps to take and good practice
Training will be a mixture of prepared information on PowerPoint or other acceptable media, case studies, and discussion with exercises/scenarios used throughout the day.
A working folder will be provided which will build up in to a useful working tool and contain relevant reference material, for use as a reference document in the workplace.
The programme can be adapted to meet the specific requirements of individual organisations or audiences.
Delegates will be required to read the final case study before attending the course.
9.00 Registration Coffee /Tea
9.30 Introduction and Objectives
9.45 The Equality Act, the public sector equality duty and procurement: where we are now and what we must do
10.15 Assessing equalities impact: who, why, what, when and how
11.15 The procurement cycle - identifying need, establishing relevance and writing the specification
1.15 The procurement cycle - tender and award, meeting the specific requirements of the equality duty and encouraging supplier diversity
2.00 The procurement cycle - managing the contract and monitoring performance
3.00 Case study
3.45 Sources of information, action planning and evaluation.