Assistant Category Officer - Infrastructure: Apprenticeship

Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Manley House, Kestrel Way Sowton Industrial Estate, Exeter, EX2 7LQ
£22,426.00 annually
23 Dec 2020
16 Jan 2021
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
Start Date
What will the apprentice be doing?

Providing commercial and procurement support to project managers

Tendering, awarding and monitoring low value, low risk contracts supporting construction project delivery

Explaining commercial guidance and providing commercial advice to internal customers

Keeping up to date on changing legislation / best practice

Supporting and maintaining effective customer and supplier relationships

Using electronic sourcing and contract management systems

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

The apprenticeship sits within a permanent role and takes approximately 24 months to complete. It covers elements of business, economics and cost management. You will learn on the job and via online learning and face to face workshops. Successful completion of the apprenticeship will give you the skills and practical experiences needed to obtain a Level 4 Diploma in Procurement & Supply with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS).

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Completion of the apprenticeship makes you eligible for professional membership of the CIPS.

This is a permanent role and after completion you will continue to support the Commercial team providing commercial and procurement support and advice on high value complex programmes - primarily in construction and civil engineering, and supporting the Environment Agency. In parallel we will support you to continue your development and career progression within Defra and the wider civil service.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A - C or 4 - 9) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A-C or 9 - 4) Essential
A Level or equivalent Any Subject (Grade A - C) Essential
A Level or equivalent Any Subject (Grade A - C) Essential

Things to consider

Background and experience are not as important as your energy, enthusiasm and commitment as the apprenticeship will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to be fully competent in this role. But you'll need to work hard and be fully committed to successfully completing the apprenticeship and building your career with us.

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