Level 3 Procurement and Supply Assistant (ST0810) Apprenticeship Programme
Duration: Typically, 18 months (this does not include EPA period)
This apprenticeship is a suitable entry level point for those seeking a career in procurement and supply and to develop core essential skills and knowledge of the profession.
The broad purpose of the occupation is the process of procurement or buying low value goods and services. Procurement and supply assistants are vital for the smooth functioning of the procurement and supply department in any organisation. They are often responsible for ensuring data is correctly administered and maintained in accordance with legislation of the organisation’s own procedures. They will use their knowledge of procurement regulations/policies to support the wider procurement team in tasks such as quotation and/or tender response evaluation, supplier database maintenance, purchase order review and conversion, and stakeholder liaison.
The individual will also often have purchasing requests and low risk contracts for which they will develop requests, quotes, or obtain prices and delivery. They will provide support in procurement to enable supplier selection, management and supplier closure and undertake a role in the management of supply delivery and quality assurance.
In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with their procurement teams as well as colleagues from other internal departments such as operational functions, finance, legal, IT, sales and marketing. This role also includes interaction with external stakeholders such as suppliers. This role may involve off site and supplier visits, however it will be mainly office based.
As part of this apprenticeship the Trailblazer Group would recommend that learners do the CIPS ethical test on -line. This is free to CIPS members and is recognised as an essential aspect of the procurement function in today’s competitive and complex supplier world.
The apprentice must achieve the following on-programme assessment requirements prior to Gateway:
English & Mathematics qualifications Level 2 (Equivalent to Grades A* – C or 9-4 at GCSE) Evidence is required OR Successfully completed a Functional Skills programme at L2
Agreement from the apprentice’s EPAO (End Point Assessment Organisation – CIPS) of Title and Scope of the project that the apprentice 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