2011: Sir Merrick Cockell presents graduation certificates to the students on the UK’s first Postgraduate Certificate in Shared Services
2012: Baroness Hanham presents to another cohort of students
2013: Minster Brandon Lewis and Steve Butcher from HEFCE presents certificates to new shared service graduates
12th February 2013 marked marked a milestone for all those involved in the delivery of public purpose collaborations and shared services.
Following in the footsteps of Sir Merrick Cockell and Baroness Hanham, Minster Brandon Lewis and Steve Butcher, Head of Procurement and Shared Service Development at HEFCE presented postgraduate certificates to the latest cohort of Shared Service Architects.
During 2012 more than 30 students completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Shared Services from across the public sector including HE, FE, councils and public sector consultancies. All have been accorded Shared Service Architects status and the right to use the post-nominal letters SSA.
The six month postgraduate programme has been designed and delivered through a partnership between Canterbury Christ Church University and Shared Service Architecture Ltd. To date, nearly 50 practitioners in the field have successfully gone through the programme.
Steve Butcher, who awarded the certificates to the HE and FE students, outlined key developments in the Further and Higher Education sector with regards to shared services and its focus on shared ICT as the enabler. He also emphasised the value of developing capacity within the sector to deliver projects more effectively.
Before handing out the certificates, Minister Brandon Lewis stressed the need for more sharing of services within Local Government suggesting theambition of 95% of councils sharing 95% of their services. To achieve this he fully supported the need for training and developing, the shared service skills and knowledge of both Members and senior managers so that they can deliver the benefits of shared service activity effectively and rapidly.
Where to next with Shared Service Architect and Practitioner recognition?
At Shared Service Architecture Ltd, we have been working over the last four years to gain recognition for leaders and senior managers who are working on and shared service activities.
These projects are multi-partner, multimillion pound change management programmes that require specific skills, knowledge and professional application of techniques. They require the appointment of senior people with these skills to lead the facilitate the development phase of the projects (Shared Service Architects) and project team members (Shared Service Practitioners).
Partnerships and employers can now approach their project with more confidence by requesting Shared Service Architect - SSA™ or Practitioner - SS(PRAC)™ recognition a desirable aspect of the job description.
On the SSA website there is a special area for SSAs and SS(PRAC)s to share good practice, borrow documentation and also flag up their availability for project work.
More information on the postgraduate certificate is available by clicking here.