Procurement Level 4 Apprenticeship

Level 4 Commercial Procurement & Supply Apprenticeship (Includes Level 4 CIPS Diploma)

Who is the CIPS level 4 programme for?

This apprenticeship is designed for employees who work within a procurement and supply chain function who have lots of scope within their role to include: supplier selection/negotiation, benchmarking, budget management, bid evaluation, contract award and supplier reviews. This programme includes the CIPS level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

Apprenticeship Duration

20-22 months.

Procurement Programme overview

  • This programme is delivered online via weekly interactive learning sessions with a CIPS trainer
  • It includes the CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain
  • Learners receive monthly one-to-one coaching with an experienced procurement coach
  • Learners receive Profex study guides and have full access to CIPS online resources
  • Peer to peer learning is facilitated with other procurement learners

What do employees learn?

Learning will cover the following:

  • The principles of procurement & supply
  • Understanding and defining business needs
  • Understanding the key steps to successful sourcing
  • Understanding supply chain risks
  • Ethical and responsible sourcing
  • How to prepare for effective negotiations
  • How to manage suppliers, contracts & relationships
  • Understanding category management

Why choose The Apprentice Academy

  • Multi Award Winning Training Provider
  • National Delivery That Supports Social Mobility
  • Ofsted ‘Good’ Rating & High Success Rates
  • Online Learning Which is Climate Friendly
  • Multiple Starting Points Throughout the Year – So Learners Can Start Quickly
  • All Our Coaches & Trainers are Industry Specialists
  • Employers & Learners Rate Our Services as Excellent

Learner Testimonials

“The Apprentice academy has been brilliant throughout my learning journey for CiPS level 4 Procurement and supply. The support that is offered is excellent, this is right down to the delivered learning and knowledge that is offered to you. there is a multitude of different tools that they offer to your learning experience in working towards your qualifications. I undertook CIPS level 4 with no real world experience in this field and the support was superb all the way through. The dedicated tutor guides you and there is support and questions if you find yourself struggling. My coach and learning tutor have been fantastic. That also goes for the support team behind the scenes that work on offering up documents and files for you to best make your journey.” Ben Wells – Marshalls Mono Ltd

“Excellent instructors for CIPS level 4. Very knowledgeable with good course materials and practice tests to help get those first time passes.” – Angela Hayes – Ocado Central Services

“I highly recommend The Apprentice Academy, which I used to study for Commercial Procurement & Supply Apprenticeship. They are very organised and supported me at every step of the way. Moreover, they actively seek feedback and make changes where it makes sense to do so. You won’t be disappointed.” Zahir Didarali – British Airways

Costs and funding

Employers paying the apprenticeship levy can use their funds to pay for this programme.

Smaller organisations with an annual payroll bill of less than £3 million per year will need to contribute 5% towards the cost of the apprenticeship for employees aged 22 +. The government will cover 100% of the cost for employees aged 16-21 (New mandate from 1st April 2024).

Eligibility criteria for employees to do an Apprenticeship:

  • The employee must be aged 16 or above (there is no upper age limit)
  • The employee can work full or part time hours
  • The employee works for a company in England
  • The employee spends > 50% of their time working in England (remote and hybrid workers included)
  • The employee has some gaps in their knowledge and skill that relates to their occupational role
  • The employee has the right to work in England
  • The employee has spent the last 3 years living in England

Next start dates

Check out our latest Timetables for 2024.

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