The UK government’s Cabinet Office and Crown Commercial Service are developing a procurement apprenticeship standard and launching a scheme with placements located in different regions across the country.
The scheme has been developed as part of the government’s commitment to raise commercial capability in the way that public services are delivered.
The Public Sector Commercial Professionals Apprenticeship Standard is part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ Trailblazer 3 programme – a group of employers collaborating to design new apprenticeship standards and assessments.
The standard will be open for all public sector bodies to use as a certified framework for commercial apprenticeships and will be valid for at least three years.
The apprenticeship will require all participants to complete CIPS Level 4 Diploma over a minimum of a two-year programme. Fifty apprentices from 10 central government departments and two public sector bodies are expected on the first cohort of applications in January to March, for induction from September.
The standard should be formally approved at the beginning of February. To find out more and register your interest for the Civil
Service scheme visit the website: www.gov.uk/civil-service-apprenticeships