Tender workshop gives businesses a head start for hospital project
Local businesses can gain a head start with a training opportunity identified by the Sunshine Coast University Hospital Business Industry and Development Opportunities (SCUH BIDO) Taskforce.
The Tendering for Government Business workshop on 18 August will assist businesses with interpreting tender documents and prepare them for submitting complying tenders for the Kawana precinct hospital project.
Participants will learn about the State Government’s procurement policies and processes and how to respond to the standard terms and conditions contained in complex Government offer and tender documents.
RDA Sunshine Coast Chair Cr Debbie Blumel said promoting training opportunities was one of three key areas identified by the SCUH BIDO Taskforce.
“This workshop is an excellent starting point for businesses to gain the appropriate education and training in the lead up to the hospital project,” she said. “Providing this information to the community is critical to ensure local businesses are fully aware of upcoming opportunities to get themselves on the front foot with this construction program,” she said.
The Taskforce’s three key areas are:
• To work with the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) to identify work packages and links for Sunshine Coast contractors and businesses.
• Work with local businesses to ensure they have the correct systems, training and experience to tender for the work. Local businesses will be offered training to ensure they can make complying tenders for the work as it becomes available.
• Ensure Sunshine Coast businesses optimise the economic benefits associated with a fully operational hospital and the community benefits from the hospital’s associated health and wellbeing outcomes.
“This is the Investment Attraction area where a business recognises the opportunity that this hospital represents and expands their business to meet new demand. This also includes companies that relocate to the Coast to expand their business and create jobs for locals,” said Cr Blumel.
She said another Taskforce initiative was to develop a capacity review audit process for local businesses to tailor training workshops to meet their needs.
“RDA Sunshine Coast is working closely with DEEDI to develop a system for local businesses to register onto a database to keep them regularly informed about the hospital project and inform them about when key training programs are being delivered.”
Cr Blumel said the Taskforce was engaging with stakeholders to ensure they had up to date information about the university hospital project.
Key stakeholders include DEEDI, Queensland Health, Sunshine Coast Council , the University of the Sunshine Coast , Stockland, Sunshine Coast TAFE, Sunshine Coast Business Council, Urban Development Institute of Australia , local Chambers of Commerce and the Chambers of Commerce Alliance.
The final announcement on the winning consortia is expected to be announced late in 2012.
Cr Blumel said the major contractors had an obligation to employ a percentage of contracted work to Queensland businesses.
“RDA Sunshine Coast will work with all stakeholders and the selected lead proponents involved in the project through the Taskforce to ensure they have access to local knowledge and local people.”
Cr Blumel said the Taskforce would meet again in August to discuss the tendering process and the investment attraction potential surrounding the Kawana health precinct.
Tendering for Government Business
Date: Thursday, 18 August 2011
Time: 8.00am – 12.00pm or 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue: Level 1, 60 Wises Road, Maroochydore
To register for the workshop contact the Sunshine Coast Service Centre of DEEDI on Ph: 5451 6300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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