Presentation and Questioning
Having successfully completed and passed their Project Report, apprentices must complete a Presentation and Questioning Assessment. Dates will have already been assigned by CIPS in line with the given opportunity. A Presentation and Questioning Assessment will be co-ordinated by CIPS and the Training Provider.
The panel will consist of an Independent Assessor who is provided by CIPS and a Technical Expert. The Technical Expert must be from the apprentice’s place of work, have a minimum 3 years in experience in commercial procurement and hold a relevant professional qualification.
The Training Provider is responsible for co-ordinating with the apprentice’s employer to book a suitable venue for the P&Q assessments. This should include a minimum of 2 separate rooms for each apprentice assessment: one interview room and one separate waiting/holding room (the waiting/holding room could be used for multiple apprentices if appropriate).
Once Contracted, Training Providers will receive access to a webinar recording to provide guidance on individual roles and expectations during the presentation and questioning assessment.
A representative from the Training Provider (not part of the Presentation and Questioning panel), will provide administrative and logistics support on the day of the Presentation and Questioning, supporting the apprentices before and after the P&Q assessment. To ensure impartiality, the Training Provider will not be present during the P&Q assessment and will have no influence over the IA’s decision.
The Training Provider should ensure that the apprentice is fully prepared for the P&Q assessment, providing sufficient practice assessments and training as necessary in advance of the assessment date. The Training Provider should confirm that the apprentice fully understands requirements and marking criteria as listed in the ‘Guide for Training Providers’ and the assessment plan.
Training providers are responsible for their own travel and subsistence booking and costs.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, flexibilities have been implemented to allow for Presentation and Questioning interviews to be conducted virtually through Microsoft Teams. Details on how to book the interview and guidance on how they will be conducted and the expectations and requirements of the Apprentice, Employer and Training Provider are all shared with Training Providers upon contracting.