Blue Ocean Partners with the Prestigious CIPS to Raise the Bar of Procurement Professionals
Training and Certification Programmes to Reach Out to MENA region
Dubai : In a strategic partnership, Blue Ocean, the region’s largest knowledge empowerment enterprise has joined hands with the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), UK, to train and certify procurement professionals in the Middle East.
The partnership comes at a time when the importance of the procurement function has risen in prominence in a highly competitive global environment. With the supplies of critical commodities becoming more expensive, procurement professionals worldwide are playing a critical role in strategizing and mitigating these risks. In the Middle East too, As UAE races to become the logistics hub of the world, knowledge and technology is proving to be a key driving factor for success along with training and strategy.
Blue Ocean has for long played a key role in bridging the gap between the infrastructure and knowledge in the region and has now been approved as a study centre for prestigious CIPS training and certifications. In the future, Blue Ocean will also act as an exam centre for CIPS.
“I am delighted to welcome Blue Ocean Academy as a CIPS study centre in the Middle East. They have a track record of providing quality education here in the MENA region and will provide an additional outlet to those looking to achieve globally required procurement qualificications, “ said Sam Achampong, FCIPS, Regional Director, CIPS, Mena.
Kurt Warren Chairman Fellows Committee, CIPS, Mena Region while launching the Blue Ocean- CIPS programme at the Grand Excelsior Hotel recently said : “the procurement and supply profession is one of the fastest growing and most sought after professions. The introduction of procurement and supply professionals taking their place in the boardroom, as Chief Procurement Officer or Chief Supply Officers is indicative of its importance globally.”
“Blue Ocean Academy has been a provider of Procurement and Supply Chain qualifications for many years. I know first hand how professional they are at delivering training. I am delighted to welcome Blue Ocean Academy, as an approved study centre for to deliver CIPS qualifications. This is in recognition of their ability to provide first class training in procurement and supply chain,” Kurt Warren added.
Talking at the launch of the programme, Warren urged the procurement fraternity : “You have chosen to take this opportunity to enhance your procurement and supply chain knowledge. Over the next few months you will learn from qualified CIPS professionals, who will not only teach you the CIPS curriculum, they will draw upon their knowledge and experience. Enjoy every minute of your training and studying. The journey will be rewarding, providing you with the foundations to build upon and eventually reach MCIPS status, a globally recognized procurement and supply qualification.”
Until recently, procurement was a necessary, but seldom celebrated, component of multinational corporations. But times have changed: These days, procurement organizations within companies are playing pivotal roles in the success of global firms in ways that old-fashioned purchasing managers could never have imagined.
“Training, technology and certifications have therefore become crucial factors in the corporate word,” explained Dr. Sathya Menon, Program Director, Blue Ocean –CIPS. Armed with CIPS certifications, Blue Ocean can now reach out to its large procurement fraternity, endorsing their knowledge and skills through advanced certifications from the prestigious CIPS.”
Blue Ocean is also reaching out to other Middle East countries like KSA, Qatar and Oman with the purpose of upgrading the skills of the procurement fraternity and raising the bar of the certified professionals, through advanced CIPS Certifications.