Procurement in the Education and Training Sector

Procurement arrangements within the Education and Training Sector are being developed as part of the Public Service Reform Programme being led by the Office of Government Procurement (OGP). Opportunities to gain better value for money arise from centralised contracts and frameworks developed by the Office of Government Procurement (OGP).

How the Procurement Reform Programme is organised

In December 2012, Paul Quinn was appointed as Chief Procurement Officer for the Public Service. Paul is now leading on procurement reform across the public service and has established a new office, the Office of Government Procurement (OGP).  The OGP will undertake all public sector procurement in the future with public sector bodies drawing from frameworks and contracts which it puts in place.

Further Information

Procurement in the School Sector

Your School Management Body has information and advice on procurement opportunities and how to benefit from these centralised arrangements. The Schools Procurement Unit (SPU) acts as the central coordinating function for procurement for all schools in the primary sector, all voluntary secondary schools, special schools and schools in the Community and Comprehensive (C&C) sector (including special schools and excluding schools under the remit of ETBs).

The Schools Procurement Unit’s Guidance for Schools on Good Procurement Practices is available here:

Information is also available on the OGP website. See Contact Us for details.

Schools managed by Education and Training Boards (ETB) should contact ETB Head Quarters for advice on procurement.
Information is also available from ETBI – see contact details.