A group pictured at the training workshops in UL
Maria Owens, Category Manager Education, Philip Gurnett, EPS Director and Head of Sourcing Education, Gerry Kennedy, EPS Category Specialist, Mags O’Callaghan, Principal Officer Office of Public Procurement
Friday, 5 May 2023

University of Limerick has played host to procurement professionals from across the Public Sector at a series of onsite eTenders training sessions.

The training was carried out by the Education Procurement Service (EPS), a leading procurement organisation, operating as the sector sourcing hub on behalf of the Department of Education, which is located on the UL campus.

The ‘Train the Trainer’ sessions took place at UL's new Immersive Training Centre in April.

Operating under the centralised procurement model, the EPS provide expert advice, support, and services to the Education Sector and wider Public Sector. Through collaboration and strategic partnerships, EPS aims to deliver innovative procurement solutions that ensure cost-effective and sustainable outcomes.

Philip Gurnett, Director and Head of Sourcing Education for the EPS, said he was pleased to welcome procurement specialists from across the education sector and wider public sector to UL for comprehensive training on the new eTenders Platform.

With a transition to the new platform set to take place on May 15, the training sessions aimed to ensure that procurement professionals are well-equipped to utilise the platform's enhanced features and capabilities.

“The EPS is delighted to have played a role in this important transition and to welcome our colleagues from across the public sector to Limerick,” said Philip.

“We are eager to see the positive impact that the new platform will have on procurement processes within the Education Sector and the wider Public Sector.”

UL played host to the training sessions for eTenders superusers over a series of days last month, showcasing its state-of-the-art facilities and fostering collaboration among procurement professionals. This training phase plays a crucial role in facilitating a seamless transition to the new platform.

Maria Owens, Category Manager at the EPS, said: “As Sectoral Implementation Lead for the Education Sector, EPS is very appreciative to the Office of Government Procurement Project Team and also our team in Limerick for their dedicated efforts in ensuring the training workshops ran smoothly and their continued efforts in the transition to the new eTenders Platform.”

The new platform promises to have improved functionality, user-friendliness, and security for procurement specialists. This imminent transition highlights the ongoing commitment of the EPS to support the Education Sector and wider Public Sector in adopting best practices in procurement and delivering value for money.

For more information about the eTenders Platform please visit the OGP website which has all the latest updates for both Contracting Authorities and Suppliers.