Understand your role as an employer.

Why have an apprenticeship programme?

Develop your future talent and organisation's growth by bringing people into the procurement and supply chain profession. For the apprentice, it’s important to learn on the job and have the right training linked to academic standards. You as the employer can benefit from this and it can be applied into day-to-day procurement operations.



Case Study

Many employers already benefit from running successful apprenticeship programmes. Watch the video and you will hear how other employers have embraced apprenticeship programmes in their organisations.

Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

• 86% of employers said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation*

• 78% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve productivity*

• 74% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve the quality of their product or service*




Applying for an apprenticeship?

Step by step guidance for employers:

  • Firstly, talk to an approved training provider and work closely with your chosen provider about your requirements and what programmes they can offer. Find apprenticeship training providers.  
  • Identify and recruit suitable applicants and follow the government led guidance about how to take on an apprentice.
  • Your apprentice must be able to undertake real, productive work within your organisation to develop, practice, and provide evidence of their knowledge and skills to meet the Standard.
  • Apprentices must be allowed to attend external off-the-job training and assessments as part of their paid working hours.
  • Be prepared to work closely with your apprentice and training provider and review progress.
  • Your training provider should advise you about choosing an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) and contract with them on your behalf.
  • Apprentices must be employed for the full duration of their apprenticeship (including the time required for the end-point assessment).
  • Your training provider will talk to you about what’s in the Standard.
  • There is a gateway or minimum entry criteria and you will be asked to confirm that the apprentice is occupationally competent according to the Standard. 
  • The gov.uk Take on an Apprentice website also provides a step by step approach to hiring an apprentice, including how to get a grant, pay and conditions for apprentices and finding training agencies.
*Source: HM Government

Useful Links

NEWS: Application deadline for the incentive payment for hiring a new apprenticecentive

The deadline for employers to apply for the incentive payment for new apprentices hired between August 2020 and March 2021 is approaching. Eligible employers must apply for their incentive payment by the end of 31 May 2021. Find out more

Each apprenticeship provides funding band details drawn from the apprenticeship levy and displays the maximum available funding for each Standard here

Apprentice End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO)

We are proud to be an approved EPAO for both the Level 3 and 4 procurement standards.

Email:  epa@cips.org or speak to your chosen training provider for more information about contracting with us as your EPAO. 



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