Commercial Procurement and Supply (Level 4) Apprenticeship

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

The work of procurement and supply professionals can be very broad, encompassing the whole of the procurement process i.e. the buying and selling of all goods and services. 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 responsibilities for procurement professionals is huge, from buying planes to securing stationery suppliers, as well as securing services such finding new and innovative IT systems, outsourcing translation services, or closing a deal on a construction project for a new building.

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) if not already achieved.

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?

College attendance is required and will be communicated post-employment and sign-up.

How will I be assessed?

Regular on-programme assessment and progress reviews throughout the programme, which will also involve your employer and training provider.

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

  • Level 2 qualifications in English and Maths (GCSE equivalent), if not already acheived
  • 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 EPA must only start once the employer is satisfied that the pre-requisite EPA gateway requirements have been met and can be evidenced to an EPAO; and that the apprentice is consistently working at or above the level set out in the occupational standard. Employers
may wish to take advice from their apprentice’s training provider.

In order to start the EPA apprentices must achieve the following Gateway requirements:

  • English & maths qualifications Level 2 (equivalent to grades A*-C or 9-4 at GCSE). For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualifications for those whom this is their primary language.
  • A Diploma in Procurement and Supply Level 4, from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)
  • Agreement from the apprentice’s EPAO of title and scope of the project that theapprentice will complete during the EPA period, which will form the basis for the project report EPA component; the apprentice’s employer must also agree the title and scope.

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.
Commercial Procurement and Supply Apprentices will demonstrate the following behaviours
  • Maintain an economic, long-term focus whilst considering the objective of achieving value for money in combination to maximising quality in all activities.
  • Be responsive, innovative and seek out opportunities to create effective change.
  • Have a strong commitment and be self-motivated to develop and learn.
  • Create and maintain positive, professional and trusting working relationships with a wide range of internal, external and connected stakeholders. Maintain effective partnerships with suppliers and customers through the commercial process to achieve business objectives.
  • Show consideration for objective and accurate judgments using sound evidence and knowledge.
  • Work to appropriate timescales and take responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes.
  • Always take into account diverse stakeholder needs and requirements.

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?

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

  • 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.
  • Levy payments will expire after 18 months.

Speak to an advisor at CI Business Solutions on 01206 712727 to make your levy payments work for you.

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% 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.

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.

As the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Essex, we can provide expert advice and guidance on all areas of apprenticeship provision, including helping you find the right apprenticeship for your business, recruiting apprentices, quality delivery and assessment with on-going support and advice.

Does the apprentice have to attend college?

Fortnightly classroom delivery at college will be required

How will I be assessed?

Regular on-programme assessment and progress reviews throughout the programme, which will also involve your employer and training provider.

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

  • Level 2 qualifications in English and Maths (GCSE equivalent), if not already achieved
  • 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 EPA must only start once the employer is satisfied that the pre-requisite EPA gateway requirements have been met and can be evidenced to an EPAO; and that the apprentice is consistently working at or above the level set out in the occupational standard. Employers
may wish to take advice from their apprentice’s training provider.

In order to start the EPA apprentices must achieve the following Gateway requirements:

  • English & maths qualifications Level 2 (equivalent to grades A*-C or 9-4 at GCSE). For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. British Sign Language qualification is an alternative to English qualifications for those whom this is their primary language.
  • A Diploma in Procurement and Supply Level 4, from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)
  • Agreement from the apprentice’s EPAO of title and scope of the project that theapprentice will complete during the EPA period, which will form the basis for the project report EPA component; the apprentice’s employer must also agree the title and scope.

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?

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.
How To Apply

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Commercial Procurement and Supply Apprenticeship Standard
Course Outline: Aimed at existing or new members of staff in the procurement and supply chain sector.

Starting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, might vary depending on the type of apprenticeship and will be communicated post-employment and sign-up.

LevelLevel 4
LocationColchester
DurationTypically 2 years with a minimum of 12 months.
CampusColchester Institute
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£9,000
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£450

What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 5% 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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