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We have made a significant step forward in the world of procurement and commercial services to develop the first apprenticeship framework in Wales.

First published:
23 October 2023
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The framework is designed to create new pathways into the procurement profession and bolster the much-needed procurement skills and capacity in Wales.

A collaborative endeavour

We have worked with our Steering Group comprising of dedicated experts from across the procurement community and further education to develop the framework and  pave the way for a brighter future in procurement.

We plan to develop a Level 3 and Level 4 apprenticeship framework by Spring 2024. This will take significant commitment from the Steering Group but will bring benefits for generations to come, opening access to individuals looking for a career in an exciting and evolving profession.

A new qualification on the horizon to support the apprenticeship

The Steering Group's primary aim over the coming months is to craft a modern qualification that complements the established CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Procurement and Supply Operations and CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply.

Working alongside Open Award, the Steering Group will develop a qualification that is unique to support the Welsh apprenticeship and will provide apprentices with a strong operational foundation and the practical skills needed to excel within their respective employer organisations.

This initiative will not only act as a significant boost for aspiring procurement professionals but also a promising development for businesses across Wales. By fostering a more skilled workforce, we can expect to see improved outcomes and a higher standard of innovative procurement practices that will support the future of Wales.

Calling on the procurement community

The success of this project depends on the active involvement and collective wisdom of the Welsh procurement community. We invite professionals, experts, and organisations to get involved and be part of the Steering Group.

This apprenticeship program marks a remarkable opportunity for individuals to enter the professional and for existing professionals to contribute to the growth of the next generation.

If you are interested in getting involved or want more information, please reach out to