Overview of apprenticeship
This occupation is found in all organisations where goods and/or services need to be sourced and purchased in line with national or international procurement laws, or internal governance processes. The broad purpose of the occupation is the process of procurement or buying low value goods and services. Procurement and supply assistants are vital for the smooth functioning of the procurement and supply department in any organisation. They are often responsible for ensuring data is correctly administered and maintained in accordance with legislation of the organisation's own procedures. They will use their knowledge of procurement regulations/policies to support the wider procurement team in tasks such as quotation and/or tender response evaluation, supplier database maintenance, purchase order review and conversion, and stakeholder liaison. The individual will also often have purchasing requests and low risk contracts for which they will develop requests, quotes, or obtain prices and delivery. They will provide support in procurement to enable supplier selection, management and supplier closure and undertake a role in the management of supply delivery and quality assurance.
Delivery Plan and Assessment
Learners will attend a mix of sessions in a blended learning approach. Apprentices will be supported by a WSC Programme Tutor throughout their Apprenticeship in order to prepare them for the End Point Assessment. Individuals will have access to a suite of online resources as part of their study.
Where will this course take me?
This standard aligns with the Chartered Institute for Purchasing & Supply. It will also allow individuals to progress to higher level learning Level 4+
Applicants must be working within a suitable role with enough scope to collect evidence against the knowledge, skills and behaviours required in the standard. Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment.
Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations
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, learners will have to register directly with CIPS which costs £187. This is not completed by the College and cannot come out of Apprenticeship funding.
Try out our apprenticeship levy calculator here
I'm interested. What should I do now?
You apply for an Apprenticeship in the same way you would apply for a job: find an apprenticeship vacancy, send in your CV or complete an application. We can help you with applications and give you interview advice. Please view the following page on our website to see our latest Apprenticeship vacancies.
Apprenticeship Vacancies: https://www.wsc.ac.uk/find-a-course/apprenticeships/vacancies
Alternatively, you can look on the GOV.UK website to see what other Apprenticeships vacancies may be available: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch
Employers - Please contact us to speak with a member of the Apprenticeship Team for more information and to organise a face to face visit.
Days & times
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