Efficio launches Academy for its consultants and procurement clients

24 September 2018 Consultancy.uk

Procurement consultancy Efficio has ventured from traditional management consulting into the training and education landscape with the launch of Efficio Academy. The new arm will train both the company’s own consultants, as well as clients of the business. 

The training and education business unit has been setup in collaboration with Cranfield University, one of UK’s leading postgraduate universities. “We are pleased to be partnering with Cranfield University on this initiative. The university’s postgraduate procurement and supply chain courses are highly regarded within the industry and we believe our employees and clients will benefit enormously from this collaboration,” said Jens Pedersen, CEO of Efficio.

The Efficio Academy offers participants a blended learning experience, according to London-based Shirin Tomlinson, who leads the new practice. “The Academy offers a combination of classroom-based teaching, e-learning, on-the-job training and coaching, as well as access to the Efficio Academic Library to support self-directed learning and independent study.”

The training curriculum contains modules that span the procurement arena, including topics such as strategic sourcing, spend analytics, procurement transformation, contract and commercial management, logistics and network optimisation, category management, managed procurement service, supplier relationship management, due diligence support and operating model redesign. Mike Bernon, Director of Executive Development (SCM) at Cranfield University: “Together with Efficio we have developed an educational offering that will give participants access to some of the very best learning and development opportunities in the procurement arena. Efficio’s consultants operate at the forefront of the procurement industry, we are delighted to be working with them.”Efficio launches Academy for its consultants and procurement clientsEfficio Academy will be used by the consulting firm to train its own circa 400 consultants internationally – Efficio has offices in the UK, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Middle East, Switzerland and the USA. “Our consultants will benefit from an enhanced personal development programme that has a broad range of content and allows for in-depth learning due to the variety of delivery approaches,” explained Pedersen.

The Academy will also be accessible for clients of Efficio. The consulting firm, founded in 2000, works for clients across a range of industries, such as Energy and Utilities, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare, Private Equity, Retail, Food and Hospitality, High Tech and Telecoms. Names that are found on the firm’s client roster include the likes of BT, Barclays, British Gas, Coca Cola, DHL, Nokia, Philips, Prudential, Scandic, Volvo and Unilever. “For our clients, we are focused on designing and delivering tailored training by adapting and customising a curriculum that meets individual client needs,” said Tomlinson. 

To ensure that both advisors as well as client have achieved the required knowledge, skills and project experience to apply their learnings to everyday practice, the syllabus has in-built phased assessments. Meanwhile, the curriculum and delivery has been certified and regularly audited to ensure that Efficio Academy adheres to the highest standards in the learning & development industry. 

With the launch of an own training arm, Efficio follows in the footsteps of many larger consultancies, including the Big Four, who all have an own Academy/University serving both internal staff and clients.

Earlier this year, Efficio was named one of Europe’s fastest growing consulting firms by the Financial Times and Statista.

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PwC teams with University of Bath to boost next generation of AI talent

25 February 2019 Consultancy.uk

As part of a new collaboration between the Government and industry leaders of the UK, PwC has announced a new partnership with the University of Bath. The alliance will see the Big Four firm offer research internships to PhD students, while striving to boost the Artificial Intelligence skills of tomorrow’s workforce.

The UK Government has unveiled a new collaboration between the state and industry to drive skills relating to Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to new heights. A new post-graduate AI drive to boost productivity and create high skilled jobs will now form part of the UK’s modern industrial strategy. As part of this, new industry-funded Master Degrees in AI will be rolled out across 16 dedicated Centres in UK universities to train a new generation of AI PhDs.

The move is part of the UK’s efforts to insulate its economy from the impacts of Brexit. With the country facing an impending exodus from its financial services sector in particular, fostering innovation is increasingly seen as the best way to ensure that Britain avoids a severe fall in growth in the next few years. AI in particular offers opportunities for the economy, with the potential to boost UK GDP by 10% by 2030. As a result, inward investment to the UK AI sector already increased by 17% over the past year, more than the whole of Europe combined, by the Government’s reckoning.

PwC teams with University of Bath to boost next generation of AI talent

As part of this latest initiative to drive up AI skills, the British wing of PwC has partnered with the University of Bath's new Centre for Doctoral Training in Accountable, Responsible and Transparent AI. As part of the agreement, PwC will offer project-based research internships to PhD students, act as an industrial student adviser, and join the strategy and partnerships board of the CDT.

Euan Cameron, UK AI leader at PwC, commented, "To unlock the technology's potential, we need a robust and consistent approach to governing AI systems – paramount not only in managing risk but also in building public trust – a key issue for anyone investing in AI at the moment. The University of Bath is home to some of the leading academics in the world of responsible AI. There is a national need for many more graduate and doctoral-level skills in this area… It's positive to see the government recognise and support the development of the AI.”