28 January 2008 | Jake Kanter
The OGC has launched its Government Procurement Graduate Scheme for 2008.
The programme, which forms part of the Government Procurement Service (GPS), aims to attract business graduates and applicants with relevant experience to public sector purchasing.
Last year's programme took on 14 graduates (Web news, 3 December 2007). Successful candidates will study for two qualifications - the CIPS graduate diploma and a certificate of competence - over a period of two years. Applicants will begin as executive officers in government departments and there is the opportunity for promotion when the scheme finishes.
Nigel Smith, chief executive of the OGC, said in a statement: "The GPS Graduate Scheme brings in additional talent to join the large group of procurement professionals already operating across the public sector, delivering the government's agenda to transform the way in which it handles procurement."
Applications for the scheme must be received by 9 April, and candidates can apply via the website (http://www.ogcgraduates.co.uk). The 2008 programme begins in September.