Facing an aging workforce, the question of how to train the next generation of acquisition professionals is a challenge that federal leaders and industry managers have yet to solve. The need for training is great, but budgets and time are often limited.
Senior government procurement executives and practitioners say agencies have cut training dollars even though employees with less experience now have responsibilities that exceed their abilities, according to the Professional Services Council’s (PSC) 2014 Acquisition Policy Survey. And some said those who do receive training may just be “checking the box” with courses that don’t test critical thinking or include innovative practices.
So, how do you face the conundrum that experiential or case-based training, the very type that many people need, can seem cost-prohibitive given tight budget constraints? Integrity Matters talked with Mike Ipsaro, Technical Director at Integrity Management Consulting, who has developed and delivered training for multiple agencies in a wide range of formats. We asked him about how to deliver training that is cost- effective while also being customized. Ipsaro says modular delivery, simulation, and adaptation to emerging or customer-specific needs are all key. [Read more…]