Commercial Procurement and Supply (Level 4) Apprenticeship

Procurement

Colchester Institute have partnered with a CIPS accredited ‘Centre of Excellence’

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. These roles 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 variety of goods and services that procurement professionals are responsible for is vast: goods could range from buying a plane to negotiating new stationery supply. Securing services could include: finding new and innovative IT systems, outsourcing translation services or closing a deal on a construction project for a new building.[/su_column]

Encompassing the entire procurement cycle, achieving 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. This will be supported by the attainment of a Level 4 Diploma with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS).

Who is this apprenticeship for?

The Commercial Procurement and Supply apprenticeship is aimed at existing or new members of staff in the procurement and supply chain sector. This qualification is great for anyone starting out in the sector.

Typical job roles in this area include: Commercial Support, Commercial Analyst, Sourcing Executive, Procurement Operations Support, Buyer, Assistant Buyer, Commercial Relationship Support, Commissioning and Performance Monitoring Officer, Framework Management Support, Contract Associate, Contract Support.

Information for Applicants

Responsibilities of Commercial Procurement and Supply Apprentices include:

  • Assist in the development, implementation and review of supply processes
  • Negotiate price, delivery and contract conditions for the relevant materials and services
  • Progress orders to ensure timely delivery of goods and services
  • Take actions to manage supplier performance issues
  • Ensure timely payment for materials and services provided

What qualifications will I achieve?

L4 Diploma in Procurement & Supply with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS).

*Level 2 qualifications in English and Maths (GCSE equivalent).

What are the entry requirements?

Grade C (4) or above in Maths and English GCSE ideally as part of five GCSE A-C grades or other comparable qualifications. There will also be an informal interview and initial assessment before enrolment is confirmed.

How often do I have to attend college?

Fortnightly attendance for classroom delivery at college will be required.

How will I be assessed?

Regular progress reviews throughout the programme which will also include your employer.

Prior to the end point assessment there is a requirement to achieve:

  • Level 2 qualifications in English and Maths (GCSE equivalent), and
  • L4 Diploma in Procurement & Supply with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS).

The end-point assessment (EPA) consists of 2 distinct assessment methods:

  •  project report
  • presentation & questioning

The EPA will typically be completed over a period of 6 months, after the apprentice has met the EPA gateway requirements.

The apprentice must gain pass or distinction in the project report before undertaking the presentation & questioning assessment.

Apprentices must complete a presentation and questioning with an EPA panel

What can I do next?

Completion of CIPS L4 gains eligibility for equivalent membership of the Institute. CIPS L4 is a pre- requisite for MCIPS (L6) and the full professional licence and offers the potential for Chartered status.

Information for Employers

How is my business going to benefit from an Apprentice?

Fill your skills gaps: an Apprentice’s training is tailored to your organisation’s needs, resulting in a loyal, motivated work force Increase productivity by developing staff skills and expertise Value for money: a cost effective way to attract new talent and fresh eyes into your organisation Cost saving: we can advertise your vacancies and recruit the best candidates for your needs.

How can I fit this apprentice into my business?

The Commercial Procurement and Supply apprenticeship is aimed at existing or new members of staff in the procurement and supply chain sector. This qualification is great for anyone starting out in the sector.

Typical job roles include: Commercial Support, Commercial Analyst, Sourcing Executive, Procurement Operations Support, Buyer, Assistant Buyer, Commercial Relationship Support, Commissioning and Performance Monitoring Officer, Framework Management Support, Contract Associate, Contract Support.

What will this cost my business?

Since April 2017 the way that government funds apprenticeships in England has changed. All businesses operating within the UK with a wage bill of over £3 million are required to contribute to the apprenticeship levy monthly via HMRC.

  • If the levy applies to your business you will be required to pay 0.5% of your entire wage bill into the levy. This will be offset against a levy allowance worth £15,000 for each tax year
  • You will only be able to use your levy payment for government backed apprenticeships through providers who are registered on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers
  • Levy payments will expire after 18 months.

From April 2017 all existing apprenticeship frameworks and new apprenticeship standards (often referred to as trailblazer standards) will be allocated to Government funding bands.

Funding bands determine the maximum amount of money that Government will contribute for the training delivery and end-point assessment of each apprenticeship. All approved apprenticeship standards have already been allocated to funding bandings with maximum funding caps.

If you take on an apprentice who is between 16 and 18 years old at the start of their apprenticeship, you will receive a payment to help meet the extra costs of employing them. This will be paid to you through the training provider in two £500 instalments at 3 months and 12 months  if the apprentice continues in learning beyond this point.

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account. Where there are no longer funds in this digital account the Government will co-invest 90% of the funding with the levy paying employer being the asked to contribute the remaining 10% on a monthly basis.

Levy paying employers can estimate their funding contributions through the use of the free Funding Apprenticeship Systems calculating tool.

The agreed funds will be taken from the employer’s digital account to pay the training provider, up to a maximum amount of funding allocated by Government to that particular apprenticeship.

For non-levy paying employers the Digital Apprenticeship Service will not be available until at least 2018. They will need to discuss and agree a price with their training provider.

Does the apprentice have to attend college?

Fortnightly classroom delivery at college will start w/c 24th September 2018

How is the apprentice assessed?

Regular progress reviews throughout the programme which will also include your employer.

Prior to the end point assessment there is a requirement to achieve:

  • Level 2 qualifications in English and Maths (GCSE equivalent), and
  • L4 Diploma in Procurement & Supply with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS).

The end-point assessment (EPA) consists of 2 distinct assessment methods:

  •  project report
  • presentation & questioning

The EPA will typically be completed over a period of 6 months, after the apprentice has met the EPA gateway requirements.

The apprentice must gain pass or distinction in the project report before undertaking the presentation & questioning assessment.

Apprentices must complete a presentation and questioning with an EPA panel

What about support in the workplace?

Skilled and knowledgeable staff must be available to support the apprentice as they complete work- based tasks and build a portfolio.

Why should I choose Colchester Institute to support my recruitment and retention?

Apprenticeships – What we can offer

Colchester Institute is the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Greater Essex. We are expert at connecting the right people, to the right training, to the right business and when it comes to Apprenticeships, our Apprenticeship Advisors can support your business every step of the way.

As part of our service we can support your business with:

  • Advertising the Apprenticeship vacancy
  • Manage the applications received in line with your individual requirements
  • Match prospective candidates already known to us
  • Conduct initial pre-screening for candidates
  • Carry out visits to your premises alongside regular reviews to support you, your staff and your apprentice
  • Advice on any grants or funding where available

Our team will provide:

  • A fee free recruitment service.
  • Personal 1:1 Apprenticeship Levy advice and guidance.
  • A dedicated Account Manager.
  • Industry experienced, professional, technical tutors.
  • Bespoke programmes available upon request.
  • An Essex priority skills focus.
  • Free employer events.

Apprenticeship Reform Events

Commercial Procurement and Supply Apprenticeship Standard
LevelLevel 4
LocationColchester
DurationThe length of the Commercial Procurement and Supply apprenticeship is typically 2 years with a minimum of 12 months.
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateEmployment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, will be communicated post-employment and sign-up
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£9,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£900
What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee.
Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.

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