TORONTO, Ont. — The Purchasing Management Association of Canada (PMAC) has renewed its partnership with Bermuda College to offer courses and seminars in supply management.
“This agreement will give Bermuda College the opportunity to enhance its offering to its students with comprehensive technical education in the supply chain management field,” said Cheryl Paradowski, president and CEO of PMAC. “PMAC, in turn, achieves international exposure to and recognition of its program.”
Bermuda College will start to deliver the PMAC Supply Management Training (SMT) program beginning in September. Students who successfully complete the four technical courses and six business management and soft-skill seminars can apply for their Certificate in Supply Management from PMAC.
Courses include: · Introduction to Procurement · Introduction to Operations Management · Introduction to Logistics · Introduction to Transportation
Seminars consist of: · Introduction to Business Communication · Introduction to Negotiations · Introduction to Contract Law · Introduction to Accounting and Finance · Introduction to Marketing · Introduction to Business Planning
“Bermuda has always enjoyed an established and valued partnership with various Canadian counterparts: educational institutions, professional organizations and government. These relationships have long proven the mutual benefits that can be realized with such association,” said Tawana Flood, director of professional and career education (PACE) at Bermuda College. “PMAC and Bermuda College epitomize the type of long-standing relationship that has been established through trust, reputation, student satisfaction and proven success.”
The new agreement follows a successful 10-year relationship that saw Bermuda College offer PMAC’s Certificate in Purchasing. Organizations from Bermuda’s government, police services, hospital, banking, utilities and telecommunications sectors have all taken PMAC courses and seminars.
Flood referenced a recent statement by Bermuda’s Premier and Finance Minister, the Hon. Paula Cox, about the intention to establish a newly designed Government Procurement Office that will develop additional controls during the procurement process to ensure transparency. In particular, Premier Cox noted the emphasis her own ministry was placing on how government money is spent. Flood welcomed these heightened requirements.
“The PMAC program has long been a core component of several key government agencies, including the Bermuda Police Service, the Ministry of Works and Engineering, and critical private sector institutions like the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and the Bermuda Electric Light Company,” Flood stated.
“Companies that take their internal buyers and the procurement process seriously are demonstrating fiscal prudence and accountability to the highest level, and will naturally increase savings and their ROI.”
The program designed for entry- and intermediate-level buyers, materials handlers and logisticians. PMAC officials say anyone who influences an organization’s purchasing decisions would also benefit from the training.
“PMAC is dedicated to serving the purchasing and supply chain management profession both within Canada and abroad. We are committed to promoting best practices and developing leadership within the field,” said Paradowski. “Today’s global market demands practitioners that are well-trained to support the management of increasingly complex supply chains.”