Training

Social Procurement Training for Governments & Institutional Purchasers

BCSPI offers core training sessions and subject-specific webinars designed to help governments and institutional purchasers implement social procurement practices across their purchasing.

Core training is only available to BCSPI member organizations. Registration can be accessed through the membership portal.

COVID-19 Update

Please note: Due to health & safety considerations in response to COVID-19, until further notice, all upcoming training sessions will now be delivered online.

We appreciate your understanding during this time.

BCSPI Information Session

Join Rob Fisher of BCSPI and Tori Williamson of Buy Social Canada for a 30 minute info-session that provides an introduction to BCSPI and social procurement as a concept.

The session discusses how BCSPI, a unique regional initiative based in British Columbia, Canada, has grown in just two years from 6 to 30 members, realized over $200 million in procurement spend with added social value and seen social procurement implemented in over 50 pilot projects. It also explores the what, why and how of social procurement as an emerging best practice that can unlock multiple community benefits from existing government and institutional purchasing.

BCSPI Core Training Sessions

SP 101 - Introduction to Social Procurement

SP 101

Understand the what, why and how of social procurement and how it can play a role in COVID-19 recovery. Explore social procurement principles, best practices and examples, and learn to identify opportunities and next steps.

  • Understanding the what, why & how of social procurement
  • Understanding social procurement’s role in COVID-19 recovery
  • Social procurement principles
  • Social procurement best practices & examples
  • Identifying opportunities & next steps

Next Session Early 2022

SP 201 - Implementation of Social Procurement

SP 201

Identify opportunities for social procurement in a variety of projects and connect procurement outcomes with achieving local social and community development objectives.

  • Social procurement pathways and procurement types
  • Group exercises working through procurement scenarios
  • Identifying social procurement opportunities and next steps for implementation
  • Communication and implementation strategies
  • Impact measurement and evaluation

Next Session Early 2022

SP 301 - Implementation of Social Procurement in Construction Projects

SP 301

Building on SP 101 & 201 training, this session focuses on the implementation of social procurement for construction and infrastructure projects under $250K. Topics covered include:

  • Project planning and monitoring
  • Tools to achieve social objectives & assess outcomes
  • Criteria and evaluation
  • Unbundling of large contracts
  • Exploring opportunities in the social value supply chain
  • Impact measurement and change management

Next Session Early 2022

What Participants Are Saying About BCSPI Training Sessions

“Great Session!”

“I found sharing with staff from other local governments most helpful”
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“I found sharing with staff from other local governments most helpful”

“Helped Identify Opportunities”

“The questions in the workbook really made me aware of how little [my local government] does for social procurement”
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“The questions in the workbook really made me aware of how little [my local government] does for social procurement”

“Thanks! Worthwhile session”

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2019-06-07T21:23:42+00:00

“Helpful to Share with Others”

“I found sharing with staff from other local governments most helpful”
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2019-06-07T21:24:32+00:00
“I found sharing with staff from other local governments most helpful”

“Very Informative!”

“Thanks! It was a great afternoon - very informative”
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2019-06-07T21:25:37+00:00
“Thanks! It was a great afternoon - very informative”

“Before this session I didn’t understand the potential of social procurement”

"Before this session I didn’t understand the potential for impact and all of the different opportunities to incorporate social procurement.”
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2021-10-23T03:39:02+00:00
"Before this session I didn’t understand the potential for impact and all of the different opportunities to incorporate social procurement.”

“Thank You! Very well laid out with excellent materials”

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2021-05-30T21:37:28+00:00

“The slides held a lot of good information”

"I enjoyed the break out groups as there was great brainstorming about how social procurement could be used in our organization."
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2021-05-30T21:38:01+00:00
"I enjoyed the break out groups as there was great brainstorming about how social procurement could be used in our organization."

“Very knowledgeable presenters”

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2021-05-30T21:38:22+00:00

“I thought the session was really informative”

"I look forward to learning more about social procurement and implementing the practice more going forward in my projects"
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2021-05-30T21:38:38+00:00
"I look forward to learning more about social procurement and implementing the practice more going forward in my projects"

“Thank you for the informative session”

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2021-05-30T21:38:57+00:00

“Great session, I’ll recommend it to others”

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