About our Update Series

Legislation, regulation, standards, codes and best practices are constantly changing. Even for someone within an industry, it is important to stay abreast of any and all changes, in order to perform at your best in your role.

PAI operates under an ethos of encouraging and developing Lifelong Learning.

Our Update Series consists of one-off sessions that explain and discuss pertinent issues. These update sessions assume a prior knowledge of the subject, and are most beneficial to those already in an industry, who wishes to improve or update their knowledge.

Topics will often follow the introduction of legislation or regulations that will have wide-spread effects. Our Training team work closely with industry experts, on our Academic Council and throughout the rest of the organisation, to develop sessions that will be useful and timely.

3 CPD Points

Half day, 9am to 1pm


Tea and Coffee on arrival and at mid-morning break.

Upcoming Update Sessions

Construction Procurement

Friday 9 June 2017

Recently, changes have occurred in the regulatory and policy areas for procurement in the construction industry. Among them are the introduction of the 2016 Procurement Regulations and alterations to Public Works Contracts. This half-day update will discuss what has, or has not, changed with the procurement process, and the case law that backs up these changes. Delivered in association with Quigg Golden.

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Cost Benefit Analysis

Friday 16 June 2017

The Public Spending Code sets down requirements for getting the best value-for-money for all spending and investing done with public money. Those working in the public sector must be aware of, and comfortable abiding by, these requirements. There are tools in place that can measure not only monetary costs but also the benefits involved with all options. This update sessions will look at Cost Benefit Analyses and other tools that can help ensure maximum value-for-money.

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Procurement Masterclass

Friday 23 June 2017

The new procurement rules have implications for all those working in the field. By taking a look at the legal perspective, attendees can develop a practical plan for how to best align their practices with the new rules. It will also delve into the various tools that can be used, such as Risk analysis. The half-day update will be led by Patrick McGovern, former head of the Telecommunications/Electronic Communications & Broadcasting Group and the Utilities, Energy & Resources Group at Arthur Cox.

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Equality Proofing for Interviewers

Wednesday 20 September 2017

Under Equality legislation, basing a decision on certain specified traits of an individual is deemed unlawful. During the interview stage, those conducting the interview must be aware of these areas of discrimination in order to actively avoid them. This also considers unconscious biases that individuals may hold. This half-day seminar will help those who regularly conduct interviews evaluate candidates without using these indicators, to ensure that equality and fairness is maintained through the hiring process.

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Legal Discovery and e-Discovery

Friday 22 September 2017

All material relevant to court orders must be collated and released during the process of legal discovery. This process is delicate and weighty for those preparing the documents. The issue becomes even more daunting when digital sources of information are included. This update session will address legislative change and best practice when preparing documents, both in hard and soft copy, for legal discovery.

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Protecting Dignity at Work: Practical Guidance on Preventing Bullying and Harassment

Friday 10 November 2017

Maintaining Dignity at Work is not only good for workers, it is good for the organisation. Where there is behaviour that can be deemed to be harassment or bullying within the organisation, HR professionals must have a practical methodology for dealing with it. This half-day workshop will help attendees identify harmful behaviours and develop their own strategy for handling this in their workplace.

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