New program helps supply chain improve business resilence and major project tender preparation

A program designed to help Gladstone businesses win more tenders, particularly on larger projects and help them operate successfully during and after disasters has been launched by Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA).

The Next Steps Program will be delivered by GEA in 2022 and is funded by Gladstone Regional Council under the Covid Recovery Fund.

There will be 12 spots available to local businesses in the 2022 program and to qualify businesses must be currently supplying to companies working in the engineering, manufacturing, construction, mining or energy sectors or have the potential to provide goods and services to the supply chain.

The program will assist businesses to establish capabilities in:
• Advance Tender Writing
• Writing a comprehensive capability statement
• Improving Quality Assurance
• Strengthening Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE)
• In depth Business Continuity Planning including:
• How to evaluate the various types of business continuity strategies and identify the most relevant for your organisation
• Understand and document roles and responsibilities to ensure the success of your organisations BCP
• Conduct a business impact analysis, and how best to utilize the result when creating a BCP
• Understand the role BCP building business resilience
• Crisis Management and Business Continuity planning
• Economic Planning and strategy
• Resource utilisation during disaster (including the organisations response to a crisis)
• Short, medium, and long-term planning for disaster management.

GEA General Manager Chantale Lane said GEA identified that local businesses needed support to improve their success rates in winning projects, particularly on larger, more complex scopes of work with Tier 1 companies.

“COVID-19 highlighted the need for businesses to be prepared to maintain essential functions during and after a disaster and that economic planning and business continuity has never been more important,” Ms Lane said.

“This Next Steps Program will provide businesses with the skills they need to fulfil these obligations, as the current and future impacts of COVID-19 unfold.

“At the completion of the Next Steps Program, the participants will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the industry supply chain and have developed appropriate skills to competitively apply for significant tender opportunities and ensure business resilience, crisis management and business continuity.”

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said Gladstone Regional Council was pleased to support the program and assist local businesses to continue to grow.

“Supporting businesses to build on their existing capabilities provides a strong foundation for our community and in turn, our overall Gladstone Region economy.”

Businesses will be able to register their interest in the program now with registration closing on 14 January 2022.

Participants will be interviewed from Monday 24 January 2022 to Friday 28 January 2022. The first workshop will be held on 14 February with other running up until the end of April 2022.


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