The Public Service speaks with one ‘voice’ to the market for each category of expenditure. The OGP fulfils this function for common categories across the public sector, and the four sector sourcing organisations fulfil this function for their sector-specific categories.
EPS provides sourcing services to all Public Sector Bodies (PSB’s) for the following categories of expenditure:
EPS will procure the categories within its remit for all PSB’s in accordance with stated policies and consistent with the processes established by the OGP. We are committed to providing you with a sustainable, value for money, professional and compliant procurement sourcing service through the employment of whole life cycle cost. Our commitment to the customer is seen in the delivery of our services
At EPS, we work closely with our stakeholder groups in representing the needs of the education sector in the development of national frameworks and contracts and provide guidance for compliant performance with national guidelines and EU Directives.
To support the Department of Education and Skills central mission by representing education in the centralised procurement model, providing a sustainable, compliant procurement service to the public sector and to fulfil a positive customer experience.
To provide excellence in the management of sourcing, client and supplier engagement for all education-led categories across the public sector. To implement and promote policies and procedures for national procurement across the education and training sector.
At EPS, we value our team and our customers. We will always strive to be:
EPS Objectives in Delivering Our Services to You:
EPS is a Central Purchasing Body offering a compliant professional sourcing service to its customers in the public sector.
EPS represents the Education and Training Sector needs providing a voice for the sector within the development of frameworks and contracts under the national procurement model.
The Department of Education and Skills funds and supports the EPS to deliver on its programme of work, procurement and sourcing strategy into the future.
EPS is situated on the grounds of the University of Limerick (UL) campus. Although, a separate entity under the Department of Education & Skills, the operation of the EPS unit and it’s employees is facilitated and managed under the governance of UL policies & procedures, payroll, accounts and other shared services within the UL departments.
The governance of EPS is overseen by its steering committee. Members consist of representatives from the DES, HEA, EPS, UL and other education sector representatives.