Overview of apprenticeship
The work of procurement and supply professionals includes the process of procurement, or buying goods and services; however, these roles can be much broader than just procurement. They can extend to a huge range of related commercial activity such as influencing policy, financial analysis, engaging in contract law, and developing strategy to deliver services.
The Level 4 in Procurement and Supply will enable an individual to use their breadth and depth of experience to position themselves as a fully effective commercially skilled professional with transferable skills and career options that span the public, private and charitable sectors.
Typical job roles will include: Procurement Operations Support, Buyer, Assistant Buyer, Framework Management Support, Commercial Support, Commercial Analyst, Sourcing Executive.
Delivery Plan and Assessment
In total, learners have to spend 20% of their time on programme completing Off-The-Job training, this includes their day release, and any shadow shifts. Apprentices will be supported by 1:1 meetings in the workplace by their dedicated Programme Tutor. Additional learning resources and information will be made available online to ensure a fully blended learning experience.
Attendance to complete the CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply is 25 days in total, plus 1 day induction. There will be 5 exams (3 hours each) together with 7 hours per fortnight of additional independent study.
On completion of their training, learners will go through an End Point Assessment (EPA).
Where will this course take me?
As well as ensuring full competence as a procurement and supply professional, the completion of CIPS Level 4 gains eligibility for equivalent membership of the institute. CIPS Level 4 is a pre-requisite for MCIPS (Level 6) and the full professional license and offers the potential for Chartered status.
Down to business, what can I do and what can I earn?
The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.90 per hour. However, the average wage for apprentices with WSC is £4.85 per hour. Your wage is decided by your employer and most will look to reward excellent progress and completion of your apprenticeship.
Whilst any entry requirements will be a matter for individual employers, typically an apprentice might be expected to have already achieved 5 GCSEs including Maths and English, Grade C or above or 4/5 (new grading). Some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification.
Candidates must have or achieve Level 2 in English and Maths before undertaking the Apprenticeship End Point Assessment.
On completion of the apprenticeship, you will have achieved:
- Full Commercial Procurement and Supply Level 4 Standard
- Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply with the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).
- Skills for Success - This module is designed by West Suffolk College to ensure you have all the personal skills and behaviours to succeed in the workplace.
- Any required Functional Skills in English or Maths.
How is this funded?
Apprentices are not required to contribute financially towards Apprenticeship training.
If you are an employer with an annual wage bill of £3 million or more, you will pay into an apprenticeship levy. This levy is then used to pay for the full cost of the apprenticeship course which is £9000. This figure is divided by the duration of the Apprenticeship and you will make monthly payments from your account directly to us.
If you are an employer with an annual wage bill of under £3 million, the Government will fund 95% of the training fee meaning you will be required to contribute 5% (£450).
There are incentives available if you are a small employer (under 50) and if you train/recruit a 16-18 year old.
The initial Examination and Certification costs of the CIPS Diploma is included within the Apprenticeship Levy/Funding however, there will be an additional charge for CIPS books, which are £200. This not funded via the Apprenticeship Levy/ Funding so an invoice will be forwarded to the employer after enrolment for these items.
Learners will also have to register directly with CIPS which costs £187. This is not completed by the College.
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I'm interested. What should I do now?
Applicants - You can apply using the button at the top of this page, where you will then be booked in for a 1:1 with an apprenticeship advisor.
You can apply for our apprenticeship vacancies via: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch
Employers - Please contact us to speak with a member of the Apprenticeship Team and organise a face to face visit.
Days & times
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