Are you ready to win business in the new post-COVID world of tendering?  

Exciting news! 

Plan A is offering a special half-day workshop covering government's new developments in procurement and what they mean for companies serious about wining business today. We'll be at Heartland Hotel on 6th August 2020 - will you be there? 

Find out more and register here



Plan A's well-known one-day 'Lift Your Game' course has been updated in line with the latest version of the Government's Procurement Rules – particularly with regard to Broader Outcomes, its requirements and new scoring rules. Understanding these changes will help you win your next tender!

Our workshops focus on providing you and your people with practical tools to write winning bids.

Register now for a public course


Arrange an in-house course


Dates of public courses are shown to the right – or we can provide in-house training for a group of eight or more of your employees. (These courses will be customised to your needs and run in-house: this means we will focus on topics most relevant to your organisation and assure total confidentiality.)

The course covers:

  1. What do evaluators look for? 
    Recent feedback on key aspects that clients rate highly, based on our workshops and training for tender evaluators.
  2. New NZ Government Procurement Rules and Guidleines
    What the latest changes in Government Procurement Rules and Guidelines mean for tenderers.
  3. Evaluation processes and scoring systems
    How the common scoring systems work – and how to maximise your scores.
  4. Efficient bid processes
    How to develop a winning bid while avoiding u-turns, quality problems, mistakes and last-minute panics.
  5. Bid strategy development
    What you need to cover to develop a powerful differentiation strategy and capture that in your bid.
  6. Writing compelling executive summaries
    The secret blueprint that’s the basis of compelling executive summaries on bid documents.
  7. Developing content that differentiates your bid
    Six questions to lead you in to writing convincing, client-focused responses to RFT questions. Techniques to maximise your impact.
  8. Winning tenders under NZ Government Procurement Rules
    How to develop a winning proposal under the new 'Broader Outcomes' Rules
  9. Getting the most out of your tender reviews
    What to look for, and when: getting review comments that maximise the value your boffins and managers can add.
  10. Rush jobs
    Dealing with tight deadlines: what you can and can’t leave out; top tips to ease the agony next time you bid.

Your trainer is Caroline Boot, who has over 20 years experience as a  tender writer, as well as being a qualified and experienced tender evaluator, probity auditor and trainer NZQA qualified assessor of thousands of procurement specialists. She will provide insight and tips, and help you through activities to ensure you get the most out of this informative and enjoyable course.

Caroline Boot


Clever Buying and Plan A

Caroline Boot, founder of Clever Buying and Plan A Tender Specialists, will share her knowledge, insight and experience gained over the last 20 years heavily engaged in improving tendering practices, for both clients and suppliers across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.  

Through Clever Buying, Caroline provides procurement expertise to business and government on major projects. She developed the Clever Buying course for procurement professionals and has gone on to be the most experienced assessor for the NZQA Procurement qualification.

Her experience, gained from working on both sides of the fence means she understands your challenges as a bidder and most importantly, she knows what makes your buyers tick.

Over the past eight years, Caroline has worked with clients in the private and public sectors. This includes a range of commercial companies and government organisations such as NZTA, ministries and departments, and procurement staff from most local councils across New Zealand. She has managed major procurement planning processes, chaired several significant tender evaluations, developed and implemented scoring systems, and been consulted on hundreds of procurement processes.

Through Caroline’s input on the Lift Your Game course, you will have a unique opportunity to gain insight from procurement staff and procurement teams who score your tenders.

Contact us to talk about how we can help your team to lift their game.

Register now for a public course



Arrange an in-house course



Also available:

Training for tender evaluators. Find out more about the 2-day course here.