Recognizing the importance of these and other skill areas, procurement professionals are increasingly engaging in training to improve their skill levels. Online training, often regarded as the most cost-effective approach to education, continues to be popular with this year's survey respondents reporting that they've participated in an average number of 1.8 online classes in the past year. This represents a 12.5% increase over last year's average of 1.6 and over double the average number of online classes taken seven years ago (0.75). Indications are that online training will become even more popular in 2012 as the respondents expect to participate in an average of 4.28 online classes in the 12 months following the survey.
These statistics and many more - such as the average annual cost savings and avoidance of a purchasing professional, the average per-person purchasing training budget, and the difference that a certification makes in cost savings performance and salary, among others - are available in the 2012 Purchasing & Supply Management Career & Skills Report. The Career & Skills Report is free to members of the NLPA, and a NLPA membership is also free and instant.
Here's how to get the report:
If you're already an NLPA member: Log in to the association at
http://www.NextLevelPurchasing.com/login.html and navigate to the "What's New" tab. There you'll find a link to the report.
If you're not yet an NLPA member: Sign up for your free membership in the Next Level Purchasing Association at http://www.NextLevelPurchasing.com/career-report. After doing so, you'll receive an email with a link to the report.
To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2
President & Chief Procurement Officer - Next Level Purchasing Association
Author - The Procurement Game Plan
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