Procurement Apprentice North East Procurement Organisation

This role is part of NEPO’s Regional Procurement Apprenticeship Programme which aims to develop and nurture talented individuals to become the public sector procurement professionals of the future. You will work as part of our team of procurement professionals, focussed on the development and delivery of procurement solutions.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 14 Jul 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    The salary is Band 2 SCP 7-10, with a salary range of £24,294 - £25,545.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    19 Jun 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • Supporting the development of procurement projects to help NEPO achieve its strategic objectives
  • Supporting the ongoing contract management of procurement solutions to ensure expected outcomes are achieved
  • Adopting NEPO’s processes, policies and guidance to safeguard consistency, quality and achievement of desired outcomes
  • Supporting stakeholder management, liaising with members, suppliers and wider stakeholders in a professional, customer-focussed manner
  • Utilising digital tools and systems to maximise efficiency and ensure compliance
  • Undertaking data analysis and collating management information accurately and within timescales
  • Producing correspondence, tender documentation, and presentations to a high standard
  • Communicating in a professional manner with diverse stakeholders in writing, by telephone and in-person

The training you will be getting

You will study towards the following qualifications:

  • Level 4 Commercial Procurement and Supply (includes CIPS Level 4 Diploma)
  • CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply
  • Level 6 Senior Procurement Supply Chain Professional (includes CIPS Level 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply)

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

A career in procurement has great prospects!

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, applicants will have the opportunity to apply for a NEPO Procurement Coordinator position and/or wider opportunities across the 12 North East local authorities (subject to recruitment processes). 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Presentation skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Initiative, Interpersonal skills


A Level or equivalent Any subject (Grade 120 UCAS Points) Essential

Things to consider

You must be committed to studying Levels 4 - 6, leading to MCIPs status.

About the employer

NEPO works in partnership with councils in the North East and Tees Valley to deliver a programme of strategic procurement that creates economic, social and environmental benefits for the communities we serve. We also work closely with the region’s supply base to boost competitive skills, signpost tendering opportunities and improve procurement processes. We’re very excited about our apprenticeship vacancy! This is the first year of our regional procurement apprenticeship programme, where we are working with the twelve local authorities across the region to nurture the procurement talent of the future. This means that as well as being part of the NEPO team, you’ll be part of a community of region-wide apprentices. Whilst the regional programme is new, nurturing talent isn’t new to us, so you’ll be in safe hands! Based in modern offices at Gateshead’s Northern Design Centre, we offer a competitive apprenticeship salary, paid time to attend training, generous annual leave (28 days per year), and a local government pension. We also offer hybrid working with the opportunity to work from home following an induction period. We are committed to supporting you throughout your apprenticeship with a dedicated mentor, and additional training and development opportunities. Last but not least, our team are brilliant colleagues who will support you throughout your time at NEPO.


North East Procurement Organisation


Northern Design Centre

Abbots Hill

Baltic Business Quarter



Jenny Robins

07976 828252

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Commercial procurement and supply (formerly Public sector commercial professional)

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

Click on the link provided to get started, you will be asked to upload a CV + cover letter. (Please also download and complete the Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form from the Supporting Documents section of the job advert listing) The closing date for applications is 11pm Sunday 14 July 2024.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 14 Jul 2024