Procurement and Supply Apprenticeship Level 4 launched in Manchester

Following on from successful programmes being delivered from our Leeds, Sheffield, and Doncaster training centres, February 1st marked the first Procurement workshop for 15 students in Manchester.

This 18-month apprenticeship includes the well-recognised Level 4 CIP’s Diploma in Procurement which is delivered over 16 workshops. The apprentices also have to complete a substantial project which demonstrates their competence and capability in performing the role of a procurement professional.

This apprenticeship is proving very popular with the likes of Royal Mail, Aga Range Master, Transport for the North, Salford City Council, Office Depot, DB Cargo and Unipart, looking upon this programme as an effective, and cost-efficient way of developing employees within their procurement team.

The first workshop, Contexts of Procurement and Supply, focused on how an organisation’s money is spent, and the difference between public and private sector procurement life-cycles, and how they fit into the organisation’s structure.

Following the first workshop will be four more modules:

• Business Needs in Procurement and Supply.
• Ethical & responsible sourcing/Supplier relationships.
• Commercial contracting/Commercial negotiation.
• Procurement and Supply in practice.

The Diploma workshops are delivered by our partner The Procurement Academy, whilst in the workplace students are supported by one of our own experienced coaches, who guides learners through the programme and prepares them for the End-Point Assessment.

Mandy Chippindale, Managing Director at The Procurement Academy, commented on how procurement apprenticeships are a great way of filling the talent gap, and that they can often impact productivity.

Leading the workshop was experienced trainer Reg Dyson, who is highly regarded for his training within the sector. He has over 40 years’ experience in the industry. Below are pictures of Reg delivering the session:

One candidate on the course mentioned how much better it was to have concepts explained by a professional, stating that ‘It becomes so much easier to understand.’

The Commercial Procurement and Supply Apprenticeship is designed for employees who work within a procurement and supply chain or purchasing function of an organisation. You can learn more about it here.

Our next enrolment dates for Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield venues are in May. These are likely to be heavily subscribed. For more details on how to develop your team through the apprenticeship route please contact us on:

Phone – 0161 200 1673

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