Pictured (from front row l-r): Programme Director Suzanne Burdis and Head of Graduate Business School Áine McManus were joined by representatives from Intel, Mason Hayes & Curran and the Construction Industry Federation to mark the launch of a suite of new procurement and supply chain management courses at Griffith College’s Dublin campus.
Griffith College, Ireland’s largest private third level institution, celebrated the launch of an expanded range of courses in Procurement and Supply Chain Management.
In recognition of a long established partnership with industry, the launch was attended by representatives from Intel, Mason Hayes and Curran, and the Construction Industry Federation.
Recent trends have shown a high demand for courses of this nature. In today’s business environment, an effective Procurement and Supply Chain Management function is essential for successful and sustainable business operations. Digital disruption, Brexit, climate change, and the pandemic, among others, has changed the business landscape and procurement and supply chain professionals need to be competent and equipped to develop creative, innovative, technology driven, sustainable and compliant business practices.
The courses will build and enhance students’ procurement and supply chain management and general business skills with a critical emphasis on sustainability. The programmes have been developed to professionalize the knowledge and increase the productivity of those working in the field and to create the next generation of dynamic procurement and supply chain professionals.
Career prospects in procurement and supply chain are expanding constantly with many companies experience critical skills shortages. Average salaries in the industry range from €40,000 to €60,000. However, highly skilled graduates in areas such as operations, logistics, procurement or planning, can earn salaries of €100,000 and above. The practical nature of Griffith’s programmes ensures graduates have a core understanding of different niches they can use to develop their careers long after they finish their studies.
In addition to the BA (Hons) in Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Griffith has developed a course specifically aimed at public sector procurement professionals. The Certificate in Public Procurement is designed for those who currently or wish to work in the public sector.
Former principal officer at the Office of Government Procurement and current Griffith lecturer, Turlough Kieran, emphasise the growth and potential of the Procurement job market: “There has never been a more important time for public sector procurement professionals to upskill and keep their knowledge both current and relevant. Civil service, local government and state agencies will all face significant procurement and supply chain challenges and opportunities in the coming years.” In his view the programmes “provide the theoretical and practical skills to ensure practitioners can meet these challenges effectively.”
Courses currently enrolling include:
- BA Hons in Procurement and Supply Chain Management
- Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Management
- Certificate in Procurement and Supply Chain Management
- Certificate in Public Procurement
- MSc in Procurement and Supply Chain Management
- PgDip Procurement & Supply Chain Management
You can find out more about these courses at Griffith.ie