The commercial apprenticeship is an opportunity to develop the specialist skills that are increasingly recognised by employers as valuable across all sectors. These skills are especially important in the public sector with the government spending £240 billion across the sector every year.
There’s a wide range of experience available in the different posts which focus around the government’s procurement of goods and services. You will also take a diploma with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, which will support your development within the role and beyond the apprenticeship.
This is a two-year Level 4 higher apprenticeship with a salary between £19,500 and £27,000 (£22,000 minimum in London).
What you’ll do
Improving commercial skills is one of the Civil Service’s highest priorities so you’ll receive plenty of support as you develop your abilities and build your professional networks.
Your role could include:
- working on the MoJ’s prison catering contract – managing the planning, preparation and logistics that make sure prisons receive food on time each day
- pre-market engagement for HMRC’s new IT systems
- creating templates to assist a rail franchise in the Department for Transport
- managing the contract award of the HM Passport Office’s courier services – a contract which is worth over £30,000
What you’ll learn
You’ll work towards achieving a Level 4 Diploma with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply; the well-recognised professional qualification body in commercial procurement.
The qualification takes around 14 to 18 months to complete and is made up of 5 modules over this period. An exam-based qualification, you’ll have tutored learning sessions and lots of individual and peer-learning resources to help you achieve the grade you would like.
Whilst you’ll get some study leave you will also be expected to study in your own time, particularly around exam time.
You’ll receive coaching to ensure you’re on track to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to complete the apprenticeship, which will put you in a fantastic position for whatever you decide to do upon completion of the scheme.
Where you’ll work
In 2017, the commercial apprenticeship scheme is running in the following locations:
Depending on which location you choose, you could be working in the following government departments or agencies:
- Crown Commercial Service
- Ministry of Justice
- Department for Transport
- HM Revenue & Customs
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Department of Health
- Department for Education
- Environment Agency
- Public Health England
- Rural Payments Agency
What we’re looking for
We’re looking for apprentices who have:
- a drive to learn about business through real on-the-job negotiation experience
- excellent problem-solving skills
- an inquisitive mind – you should enjoy finding creative solutions to problems
- a desire to provide great customer service
You’ll need 5 GCSEs, grade C and above, or the new grade 4 and above, including English Language and Maths, or equivalent. (Or expect to have these qualifications by 31 August 2017.)
You’ll also need to check you meet the general entry requirements, such as age, nationality and residency.
After the apprenticeship
Commercial skills are sought after in both the public and private sector. The knowledge you’ll have acquired on the apprenticeship will open up many career opportunities for you.
Once you’ve successfully completed your apprenticeship, you’ll be eligible to apply without a degree for the Fast Stream. This is the Civil Service’s prestigious graduate development programme which prepares participants for leadership roles within the organisation.