The Procurement & Supply Assistant Apprenticeship (Level 3) is equivalent to two A-levels. Taking approximately 18 months to complete, it is an ideal career progression route into Procurement & Supply industry. Typical job roles associated with the programme include Procurement Contracts Officer, Procurement Coordinator, Purchasing Assistant and many more.
There are no standardised eligibility criteria for this qualification. This means the individual employer will decide if a candidate is suitable.
Procurement & Supply Assistant Apprenticeship Features
Throughout the apprenticeship you’ll gain the skills, knowledge and behaviours needed for your chosen role and industry. To help you with this, you can expect to study the following subject areas:
- Procurement in the Organisation
- Analysis and Forecasting
- Sourcing and Suppliers
You will also complete the CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations alongside your apprenticeship.
For 20% of your apprenticeship, you must have time away from your regular duties. This is to engage in training related to your post and programme. Known as ‘Off-the-Job Training’, this should take place at a time convenient for both you and your employer.
The qualification is delivered through a blended learning approach. You will be required to make time to see your tutor via remote or face-to-face sessions.
The sessions will take place roughly once per month, usually lasting around 2 hours. The duration of these can be extended for any additional learning or support you require. Your tutor will also provide support and guidance in between each learning session.
You should also expect to carry out self-study and learning as part of the Off-the-Job Training using your iLearner portfolio.
If you do not have grades A-C/9-4 in GCSE maths and English or equivalent, you will complete Functional Skills alongside the apprenticeship. It is nationally recognised and is completed as part of the apprenticeship.
- As a Level 3 qualification, you’ll complete Level 2 Functional Skills maths and English.
- The learning will be delivered by one of our dedicated tutors via remote or face-to-face sessions. The only exceptions are the speaking and listening assessments. These may be delivered in a classroom.
- These sessions will take place once a month, for roughly 2 hours depending on your learning needs.
- With their expert help, you’ll have all the support you need to achieve your goals.
The End-Point Assessment
As part of your Procurement & Supply Assistant Apprenticeship, an End-Point Assessment (EPA) will be completed to demonstrate your development and growth. You can achieve either a Pass or Distinction based on your final grade.
During your apprenticeship you will gather evidence as part of a portfolio to further show your learning. This will cover topics such as; value for money concepts (e.g. whole lifecycle costing), levels of authority and autonomy both for self and other stakeholders, maintaining accurate records and files for procurement and more. Though this is not directly assessed, your portfolio is essential for completing other parts of the EPA.
Forget about lugging around all your work. The online iLearner portfolio system means all your work can be uploaded directly to your account and accessed wherever you go. The system is easy to navigate. Though, full guidance will be provided through our iLearner handbook and from your tutor through one-to-one support
Work-Based Project and Presentation
The work-based project is completed over 14 weeks, and must have a real business benefit, with the specifics of the project chosen from a list of options. One example of a project might be evaluating the ad-hoc and low spend suppliers, making recommendations on how this can be used to improve responsible procurement. You will then complete a project report, making use of graphs and other pictorial representations of findings, which will be submitted to an independent assessor.
Once your project is complete, you will deliver a presentation outlining your project. You will present to an independent assessor, which will then be followed by a selection of questions based upon your project and project report. This presentation is completed either face-to-face or via online video conferencing.
As an alternative to the work-based project, you may instead complete a portfolio-supported interview with an independent assessor. You will be asked a series of open questions to gauge the knowledge, skills and behaviours you have gained through the qualification, and will be prompted to use your portfolio to evidence your answers.
This interview is completed on a one-to-one basis, either face-to-face or via video conferencing.
Once you’ve completed your Procurement & Supply Assistant Apprenticeship, there are several progression routes available, dependent on your industry and job role:
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