Procurement & Supply Chain

Procurement Apprenticeships

Who can do these programmes?

These apprenticeship development programmes are available to all employees of all ages who work within procurement or supply chain roles and want to develop their knowledge and skills and gain the valuable CIPS qualifications.

Why choose The Apprentice Academy

  • Multi Award Winning Training Provider
  • Over 10-year history of delivering high quality apprenticeships, with Ofsted awarding us a ‘Good’ rating
  • High calibre team of qualified CIPS trainers and coaches
  • 96% of our clients rate our services as excellent or good.
  • Our CIPS exam success rates exceed UK averages – see recent results below


L4M1 90% 81% +9%
L4M2 100% 78% +22%
L4M3 100% 81% +19%
L4M4 87% 63% +24%
L4M5 93% 81% +12%
L4M6 100% 87% +13%
L4M7 90% 93% -3%
L4M8 100% 65% +35%

Procurement & Supply Assistant (Level 3)

This apprenticeship is designed for employees who have recently commenced work within a procurement and supply chain function and want to develop their confidence and competence. This programme includes the CIPS Level 3 Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations.

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Commercial Procurement & Supply (Level 4)

This apprenticeship is designed for employees who work within a procurement and supply chain function who have at least two years experience in a commercial role, a CIPS level 3 qualification or a minimum of 2 A-Levels. This programme includes the CIPS level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

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‘Changing careers and studying again after a long period of time was a daunting prospect but the never ending support and guidance from the tutors and the coaches at the Apprentice Academy enabled me to pass my exams and complete the apprenticeship. The tutors and coaches have all had successful careers and have a wealth of impressive knowledge and experiences to share which I found incredibly inspiring and definitely helped me on my new career journey.’ – Diane George, Buyer, AGA Rangemaster

‘The Apprentice Academy have been a great in helping me succeed in passing CIPS Level 4 – I would like to personally thank Tara for all her support on this. I continue to use all the skills I have learnt on this course at work and the knowledge I have gained has added value in various projects.’ – Amreet Rai, Buyer, Office Depot

‘For me starting the CIPS Commercial Procurement and Supply apprenticeship programme as a mature student, with a full-time job, and family commitments was not to be taken lightly. However the benefits of what I have learned throughout the time, have had a major impact on my career in Procurement, and my personal growth. Throughout my whole journey I have been supported and kept up to date with brilliant learning material, which has run in parallel to the CIPS study guides. My Coach was with me every step of the way and got me through many challenges. Her advice, patience and guidance were invaluable to my overall distinction result. I couldn’t have been more thrilled and I encourage anyone who has the opportunity, to enrol!’ Katie Gatenby, Purchasing Manager, Torque

‘The apprenticeship route was an excellent way to study towards the level 4 in Commercial Procurement and supply. My journey through the apprenticeship was very well planned with key milestones set and reviewed on a frequent basis to ensure they were met. The timescales assigned were realistic and achievable and allowed for my existing day to day workload. Having an assigned coach was particularly helpful, especially with the end point assessment report and the presentation, providing great feedback and guidance throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed learning through the apprenticeship route and would recommend for others to consider it as an option for their studies.’ – Stephen Jackson, Buyer, Unipart

‘Completing the Commercial Procurement and Supply Apprenticeship has been one of the most valuable experiences I’ve had professionally or educationally. An effective combination of in-person classroom teaching, remote support, independent study, coaching, and mentoring has delivered the most solidified and concrete base of knowledge and new skills of any learning I’ve completed. The assessment methods were varied and ensured any gaps in understanding were quickly identified and could be addressed individually by my coach. Tara has been one of the most supportive and energising mentors I have ever had. I cannot thank her enough for her support. I wish everyone had the opportunity to have a ‘Tara in their corner’ as they start their career. I am convinced that the ‘apprenticeship’ approach to learning – balancing learning with application in ‘real world scenarios’ at work – has led to a dramatically improved level of understanding, knowledge and skill level, as well as contributing to long-term behavioural changes. I would highly recommend this apprenticeship to others looking to upskill themselves in the tools and techniques needed to succeed in procurement and buying roles. It significantly improved my confidence and abilities at work, gave me a solid technical foundation and guided me to assess the behaviours and interpersonal skills required to succeed in my role.’ – Ellie Pinfield, Buyer, Refreshments Systems


Employers paying the apprenticeship levy can use their funds to pay for these programmes. Smaller organisations with an annual payroll bill of less than £3 million per year, benefit from receiving 95% of the costs paid for by the government.

Next start dates

Check out our latest Timetables for 2021.

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