A New Zealand Defence Force contract with international training provider ILX for training in the PRINCE2 project control methodology has been brought under the Ministry of Economic Development’s endorsed syndication provision. This means other government agencies will be able to procure PRINCE2 training from ILX without the trouble and expense of a full government procurement process.
ILX has an office in Auckland and plans to open another office in Wellington early next year to service the NZDF contract and other clients in the region, says Michelle Phillips, the company’s group country manager for Australia and New Zealand. “We are increasing investment in New Zealand as the company can see major growth opportunities for our services,” she says.
Although 70 percent of ILX’s client base in New Zealand is in the government sector, this has mostly been as a result of small contracts, Phillips says. The NZDF contract is the largest training contract the company has secured in the Asia Pacific region.
In the New Zealand public sector, ILX also provides services to the Ministry of Transport, NZ Transport Agency, State Services Commission, Department of Conservation, Auckland City Council and the Accident Compensation Corporation.
NZDF courses will be provided through a mixture of classroom teaching and self-paced material. Some learners prefer one or the other style and certain parts of the course are more appropriately delivered by one or the other, Phillips says, so flexibility is provided for.
“The contract with ILX will enable a single consistent project management methodology across NZDF,” says NZDF procurement specialist Stefan Jurczenko “It also reduces our external training providers from 63 to two, which will represent a significant cost reduction.”
NZDF had accumulated 63 providers because its training budget was dispersed through different parts of the organisation a source in the organisation says. Dominant providers numbered only nine. The budget has now been centralised, partly as a consequence of the focus on PRINCE2.