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SaskBuilds and Procurement Training

The Ministry of SaskBuilds and Procurement believes that education and awareness are vital elements in raising the level of ability and performance in procurement.

The ministry has developed an inventory of courses and instruction that provides a good starting point for any practitioner's procurement education. These courses offer a mix of theory and practical examples in applying a best-value approach to procurement. The course target audiences include:

  • all Ministry of SaskBuilds and Procurement employees;
  • Executive Government;
  • Agencies;
  • Crown colleagues; and
  • MASH procurement specialists.

Suppliers or vendors are also welcome to take any course listed. In addition, there is aa Supplier Development and Proposal Writing Tips course available, please refer to the course description for more information.

If you have questions about courses, please email saskbuilds.prioritysk@gov.sk.ca.

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1. Procurement 101 (Introductory)

This one-hour course is an introduction to government procurement. It will highlight authorities for:

  • procurement;
  • trade agreements;
  • delegations;
  • standing offers;
  • steps of competition;
  • purchasing tips;
  • evaluation; and
  • debriefs.

This introductory class is suitable for government employees new to government procurement processes.

Cost: FREE

Location: Microsoft TEAMS

Email saskbuilds.prioritysk@gov.sk.ca to inquire about upcoming dates for this course.

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2. Best Value Procurement

Pre-requisite: Procurement 101

The public service makes thousands of purchases every year. The Ministry of SaskBuilds and Procurement has an action plan to modernize how we make these purchases. It's a best-practice approach to ensuring Saskatchewan businesses are treated fairly. It also gives us the tools to decide which offer may deliver the best value rather than focusing solely on the lowest initial price. This session is a five-hour course and includes casework and group discussion.

Dates:

  • September 13, 2023, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (lunch on your own)
  • November 8, 2023, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (lunch on your own)
  • January 11, 2024, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (lunch on your own)

Cost: Free

Location: 1855 Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK

Registration:
Government of Saskatchewan employees: PSC Client TR-01447 Best Value
External to Government of Saskatchewan: Email saskbuilds.prioritysk@gov.sk.ca

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3. Strategic Procurement

Pre-requisite: Procurement 101 & Best Value Procurement.

This two-hour course builds on Best Value Procurement and provides procurement professionals with additional tools, techniques and resources to ensure best value procurement. 

Key takeaways:

  • how to apply best value procurement methods to large and complex procurements;
  • the importance of procurement pre-planning; and
  • planning, choosing and creating procurement competition documents.

Dates:

  • October 5, 2023, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • February 1, 2024, 10 a.m. – noon

Cost: Free

Location: 1855 Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK

Registration:
Government of Saskatchewan employees: PSC Client TR-01522 Strategic
External to Government of Saskatchewan: Email saskbuilds.prioritysk@gov.sk.ca

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4. Trade Agreement Procurement

The Trade Agreements course is a two-hour session that provides procurement professionals with an overview of Trade Agreement obligations, timelines for posting competitions, award information, and general obligations.

Cost: FREE

Location: Regina or Microsoft Teams

Registration: Email saskbuilds.prioritysk@gov.sk.ca to inquire about dates for this course.

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5. Templates

The Template course is a two-hour session and will provide users with an understanding of how to develop and conduct a procurement competition, including procurement template selection and how to use each template.

Dates:

  • September 21, 2023, 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • November 16, 2023 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • January 18, 2024 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Cost: FREE

Location: 1855 Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK

Registration:
Government of Saskatchewan employees: PSC Client TR-01518 Templates
External to Government of Saskatchewan: Email saskbuilds.prioritysk@gov.sk.ca

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6. Vendor Debrief

The Vendor Debrief course is a two-hour session that will provide the user with details on conducting a proper debrief that complies with government policy. In a debrief, you will learn the ins and outs of what to say and what not to say. When done properly, this is a very valuable process for both the vendor and government.

Dates:

  • September 21, 2023 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • November 16, 2023 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
  • January 18, 2024 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Cost: FREE

Location: 1855 Victoria Avenue, Regina

Registration:
Government of Saskatchewan employees: PSC Client TR-01519 Vendor Debriefs
External to Government of Saskatchewan: Email saskbuilds.prioritysk@gov.sk.ca

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7. Vendor Performance Framework

The Vendor Performance Framework is a two-hour session. It is designed to ensure that ministry and Crown organizations maximize value, competition and fairness and achieve the best possible benefits to ministry and Crown stakeholders, customers, and vendor community.

The Vendor Performance Manual provides more information on vendor performance and its role in effective public sector procurement.

Cost: FREE

Location: Regina or Microsoft Teams

Registration: Email saskbuilds.prioritysk@gov.sk.ca to inquire about upcoming dates for this course.

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8. Best and Final Offer (BAFO)

The Best and Final Offer (BAFO) course is a two-hour session. It is designed to instruct users on how to employ BAFO within the competitive process and to increase understanding for both parties, which results in better proposals with reduced risk. BAFO objectives are to:

  • understand needs;
  • enhance competition;
  • encourage innovation/creativity;
  • identify risks or problems; and
  • allow adjustment for new technology and market conditions.

BAFO is just another stage in the evaluation process.

Cost: FREE

Location: Regina or Microsoft Teams

Registration: Email saskbuilds.prioritysk@gov.sk.ca to inquire about upcoming dates for this course

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9. Procurement Evaluator

Evaluator training is designed to help clients of the Procurement Management Division prepare for evaluating bid submissions. The course will review how to evaluate submissions based on the evaluation criteria (mandatory vs. rated) and the evaluation process (using examples and discussion), including the consensus method and evaluators' expectations.

Dates:

  • September 28, 2023 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • November 23, 2023 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • January 25, 2024 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Cost: FREE

Location: 1855 Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK

Registration:
Government of Saskatchewan employees: PSC Client TR-01520 Evaluator
External to Government of Saskatchewan: Email saskbuilds.prioritysk@gov.sk.ca

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10. Basis of Payment and Price/Cost Evaluation

This course covers two topics:

  • the different basis of payment and how to evaluate the price; and
  • the advantages and disadvantages of each when creating and evaluating a procurement competition.

Dates

  • September 28, 2023 10:45 a.m. - noon
  • November 23, 2023 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
  • January 25, 2024 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Cost: FREE

Location: 1855 Victoria Avenue, Regina

Registration:
Government of Saskatchewan employees: PSC Client TR-01521 Basis of Payment
External to Government of Saskatchewan: Email saskbuilds.prioritysk@gov.sk.ca

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11. Statement of Work (SoW)

Information regarding the Statement of Work course is currently in development and will be posted here when it is available.

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12. Supplier Development and Proposal Writing Tips

This course is one hour and is an introduction to competitive bidding. It highlights government obligations, SaskTenders, stages of procurement and why suppliers are not successful and how to become successful. It will cover procurement principles, processes, evaluating bids, responses, best and final offer, scoring and best practices.

Cost: FREE

Location: Regina or Microsoft Teams

Registration: Email saskbuilds.prioritysk@gov.sk.ca to inquire about upcoming dates for this course

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