Value Through Integration
Everyday we create world-class learning environments with Australia and New Zealand’s leading private and public schools and tertiary institutions. Our integrated services include catering for the students and staff with fresh, nourishing food, fixing the building assets, maintaining well-kept grounds and gardens, conserving energy with air-conditioning and lighting solutions, to ensuring a secure environment.
With over 50 years’ experience in the education sector, we look after 200 private schools, 1,200 government schools and 80 TAFE and university institutions.
Advantages of Outsourcing
There can be significant cost savings when a business function is outsourced. Employee compensation costs, office space expenses and other costs associated with providing a work space setup are eliminated and free up resources for other purposes. Buying power can be achieved along with savings driven through efficiency gains.
Focus on Education not distractions
Outsourcing allows schools to focus on their expertise and teaching. When organisations go outside their expertise, they get into business functions and processes that they may not be as knowledgeable about and could potentially take away from their main focus.
Improved quality can be achieved by using vendors with more expertise and more specialised processes. An example of this would be contracting out a cleaning service. An outside service would have the resources for hiring, proper training and facility inspections that may not be available if the function were kept in-house. Also for covering sickness and holidays as well as the flexibility to grow and shrink as required. This extends to contingency planning for natural disasters and large unusual events.
The advantage of having a vendor contract is they are bound to certain levels of service and quality. An example of this is if your IT function is outsourced and the technician calls in sick, it is the vendor’s responsibility to find someone to replace them and meet your support needs.
Outsourcing gives schools exposure to vendor specialised systems. Specialisation provides more efficiency that allows for a quicker turnaround time and higher levels of quality.
Outsource companies have to continually innovate to stay at the forefront of their game. They need to be looking at the world stage for Global best practice in order to stay in business and provide unparalleled value to their clients. This breaks down to product, methodology, equipment and critical thinking. Schools often don’t have the time, funds or ability to research this area nor do they receive the benefits of benchmarking against like schools to make improvements.