The education sector must also tighten its belt while ambitions call for quality improvement. To do more with less money demands real decisions. The time has come for a shift to a cost-conscious culture. The education sector needs to meet a significant challenge head-on. The demand for highly trained people is rising to ensure we can stand up to the increasing aging of the population and international competition.

The current educational policy, therefore, is focusing strongly on raising the educational level and the quality of the education offered to fit in with the higher requirements that are being set in the field of work. This does, however, mean that investing in education, research and innovation are essential. Despite the wide call not to include education in the coming cutbacks, this sector will also have to make a contribution towards controlling the government’s shortfall. More quality with a lower budget will, therefore, also be the job that education must fulfil. This has already become a reality for a large number of educational institutions. These institutions are already being managed based on structural (and least painful) cost reductions. In addition, investments will have to be made in strengthening financial management as a contribution towards a balanced and transparent financial policy. Since Governance has also been placed squarely in the spotlight in the sector.

Professional procurement function
The European Tendering Rules, the increased scale of educational institutions and the social debate about expenditure of tax-payers’ money are forcing management bodies and boards in education to further professionalise the procurement function. Growth towards adulthood, therefore, is taking place at a high speed the last few years. Although educational institutions recognise the need to professionalise, procurement organisations are often not set up professionally and, as a result, are not performing well. Responsibilities are also unclear and the procurement process is not transparent and is unstructured. Competition by procurement is nothing short from rare. The same applies to result-focused contracting or implementing quality controls.

Costs saving through efficiency
Ensure that you have insight into your costs and that you control this spend. Select a solution to reduce your costs structurally that fits in with your situation. We can assist with this by making your procurement and invoicing processes more efficient and transparent. This will ensure that the costs that are related to these processes can be reduced considerably. Various public organisations have been able to realise important costs savings by deploying our solutions the last few years.