National Australia Bank
500 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
To assist AIMSC’s members to build a world-class supplier diversity program within their organisations
- Defining supplier diversity, its rationale and its benefits
- Supplier diversity in the Australian and international landscapes
- Elements of a successful supplier diversity program including the business case for supplier diversity
- An individual supplier diversity workplan for your organisation
Program learning objectives:
Upon completing The First Step training participants should have:
- A deeper understanding of supplier diversity, its rationale and benefits
- Knowledge of the groups to which supplier diversity applies in Australia and international contexts
- An understanding of the key elements of a supplier diversity program and how to apply these elements in their organisations including, but not limited to:
- developing the supplier diversity business case
- working effectively with Indigenous suppliers
- refining procurement policies, systems and processes to incorporate supplier diversity principles
- monitoring and reporting on your organisation’s supplier diversity efforts
- Made connections and networks with procurement and corporate social responsibility specialists within AIMSC member organisations
The First Step will be conducted in four parts.
Part 1 is the pre-training online survey. All participants will be asked to complete an online survey prior to the training. The purpose of the survey is to obtain the learning objectives of participants as well as obtain a sense of their knowledge of supplier diversity and their organisation’s progress towards embedding a supplier diversity program.
Part 2 is the training. The training will occur face to face in a group over 2 days. The training is based on adult learning principles and will involve theory and individual / group tasks to apply the theory. Participants will also prepare their own supplier diversity workplans that they can take away with them and work on after the training.
Part 3 is a post-training online survey. All participants will be asked to complete an online survey within two weeks of the completion of training. The purpose of the survey is to measure the trainings success in meeting the participants learning objectives and deepening their knowledge of supplier diversity. The survey will also capture information on the training content and process itself so that the pilot can be used to improve the roll out of ongoing training.
Part 4 is a post-training survey 12 months later. The purpose of this survey is to assess the participants application of their workplans and whether the training has contributed to a further embedding of supplier diversity within their organisations.
Key participant activities:
- Completion of online surveys x 3:
- 30 mins to complete pre-training survey
- 10 mins to complete post-training survey
- 30 mins to complete post training survey 12 months later
- Participation in 2 days of face-to-face training including a networking event. To get the full benefit of the training it is a requirement that participants attend the full two days and that their employers support their time out of the business to attend this training.
All participants will receive a supplier diversity manual that contains all the training materials, example supplier diversity material and supplier diversity reading material.
All participants will be invited to join AIMSC’s The First Step linked in group to share learnings from their supplier diversity journey.
Who should attend?
This training is open to AIMSC members only. The training targets
- Procurement Executives
- Procurement Managers
- Purchasing Officers
- Corporate Social Responsibility Managers
- Managers Indigenous Programs
- Operations Managers
- Anyone in the company who has responsibility for doing supplier diversity
Each training session will have a minimum of eight participants and a maximum of 16 participants.
Kristal Morris, Program Manager, AIMSC at firstname.lastname@example.org
The cost of the training is $1100 (including GST) for Member participants and $1300 (including GST) for Non Member participants. This includes all meals and learning materials.
Participants will cover their own travel costs to attend the training.
Organisations are also asked to support the participants by allowing them a total of 2 working days to participate in all aspects of the training including the surveys and training.
95% of participants in The First Step pilot either agreed or strongly agreed that as a result of attending the course they can influence how their organisation procures its goods and services from Indigenous business.
Feedback from The First Step pilot participants:
What did you enjoy the most about the training?
- “Presenters were very engaging and knowledgeable”
- “Interactive learning; open discussion”
- “Structure of the program. Its quality. Its relevance.”
- “Networking with others and sharing ideas”
What did you learn that you will use in your work?
- “How to build the right business case”
- “Supplier diversity policy and global benchmarks”
- “The importance of policy and building buy-in to effect change”
- “Correct steps in setting up a supplier diversity program to get the fundamentals right”