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21 August 2014 | Gurjit Degun
A new apprenticeship to encourage young people into a career in purchasing and supply chain has been launched in Scotland.
City of Glasgow College has opened its first "industry academy" for procurement and supply chain, a teaching model that makes sure students' experiences replicate working environments. The curriculum has been developed, and is updated regularly, with help from procurement professionals, and has the support of CIPS.
The college has teamed up with Skills Development Scotland to deliver the modern apprenticeship. It will provide training for new apprenticeships which will open up career opportunities in the profession that employs around 115,000 people across 12,400 companies in Scotland.
It explained the initiative aims to “build and sustain” Scotland’s procurement talent pool to enable a “sustainable increase in capability and capacity in procurement and supply chain excellence across all sectors”.
College principal Paul Little said: “The college’s new industry academy and the modern apprenticeship in procurement and supply chain will attract young people into an industry that benefits Scotland’s economy and businesses while providing good long-term career prospects.
“Our industry academies provide an academic hub supporting collaboration between the college, university education partners and industry. Working in partnership allows us to develop courses, curriculum, qualifications and standards to meet demand for skills at all levels in industry, particularly in areas identified for economic growth.”
Alastair Merrill, director of procurement and commercial for the Scottish Government, added: “Skills in procurement and supply chain management are increasingly relevant for the private, public and third sector. Every business needs to purchase and pay for goods and services.
“And across the public sector, procurement offers a range of careers, from the commissioning of care services to the procurement of aircraft carriers. By building procurement and supply chain talent in Scotland’s young people, the industry academy and modern apprenticeship in procurement will make a major contribution to growing Scotland’s economy.”