Finding The Perfect Entry Point on a Procurement Apprenticeship

SRSCC Finding The Perfect Entry Point on a Procurement Apprenticeship


At SR Supply Chain Consultants, we are pleased to announce the launch of our new procurement and supply course: the Level 3 Procurement and Supply Assistant Apprenticeship. We are taking enrolments now for a 3rd November 2020 start.

Level 3 is aimed at those from the public, private, and third sector, or for individuals who are new to procurement and supply and have very little experience. It is suitable for anyone who wants to gain a relevant, industry-recognised qualification in the field.

The Level 3 course is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), the professional body for the industry. Once completed, it can lead to more advanced procurement and supply roles in public, private, and third sector industries.

Want to know more? Below we answer some frequently asked questions regarding our apprenticeship standards:

Is this standard well-regarded amongst employers?

As a CIPS-recognised course, the Level 3 apprenticeship is well-regarded among employers in the procurement and supply industry. The qualification enables candidates to apply for entry-level positions or work on the job while gaining a recognised qualification. This can enable access to more advanced qualifications.

Am I too old to start an apprenticeship?

There is no particular age restriction for starting an apprenticeship. Anyone with an interest and desire to succeed can apply. School leavers, university graduates, and even people from other business functions wishing to start a new career are all eligible. Please note: Ages 24+ will be required to contribute towards teaching fees.

What qualification will I gain?

After completion of the course to the satisfaction of the examiners, course members will attain the Level 3 Procurement and Supply Assistant Apprenticeship Standard. This is a CIPS accredited qualification that is widely recognised in the industry.

How is training delivered?

Training is delivered by an experienced MCIPS-qualified procurement practitioner over 18 months. The course includes in-person and unique virtual learning environment (VLE) methods. Assessment is via a mixture of written course work, a presentation, a work-based project, and a question-answer interview.

What do I do when I’ve finished?

The qualification allows people to apply for a variety of roles, such as Procurement Coordinator, Procurement Contracts Coordinator, Purchasing Assistant, and Junior Assistant/Junior Buyer.

This includes roles in the NHS, Civil Service, Emergency Services, Construction, Hospitality, IT, and a variety of non-profit organisations.

The course also opens doors to more advanced procurement and supply certifications and advanced diplomas, including those at degree level.

How do I apply?

You can apply for the course or gain further details by contacting SRSCC (see below). The course start date is 3rd November 2020. Get more details on the procurement assistant qualification.

Contact SRSCC to enrol today!

If you are interested in finding out more or wish to enrol on the Level 3 Procurement and Supply Assistant Apprenticeship Standard, contact SRSCC today.


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Finding The Perfect Entry Point on a Procurement Apprenticeship
Staff Member

Jen Shepherd

Admin and Customer Service Manager

Jenn completed her Apprenticeship in Business and Administration in 2008 and has since built upon a foundation of knowledge and skills in the administration and customer support areas.

Jenn has a degree, as well as a master’s degree, in English which have helped support her commitment to compliance and attention to detail.

Since returning to work from maternity leave in 2020, Jenn has worked in education settings and has an in-depth knowledge on Safeguarding and Child Protection, which she believes is a key part of all employees’ role when working with learners.

Outside of work, Jenn lives with her husband and two young daughters. She had her first book published in 2022 and advocates for the mental wellbeing of new parents.

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Michelle Whalley

Course Progress Mentor

Michelle graduated from Liverpool John Moore’s University in 2003 with a BA(HONs) in Physical Education, Sport, Dance and English, with Qualified Teacher Status. Michelle now holds 20 years’ experience of working in education. Her experience to date is hugely diverse, with a love for learning and striving for excellence across all areas of her life developed from when she was a young girl, representing her country at Athletics. It was from this platform Michelle developed a disciplined approach to every tasks set of her. During her time in teaching, she has taught a wide range of subjects, been a pastoral leader, and led ITT programmes.

Michelle prides herself on her ability to get the best possible outcomes out of people. This has been proven not only in the time she’s spent in education, but also in the set up and running of her own business.

Working in a fast-paced environment, especially becoming a Head of Year as well as teaching has consistently challenged her and ensured she’s flexible and adaptable

Lucy Eckersley

Lucy Eckersley

Administration Assistant

After recently graduating university and achieving a first-class degree in Drama, Lucy wanted to apply her production management experience to an administration role in business. Having worked part time jobs as a waitress and office receptionist during her education, Lucy has good customer service skills and enjoys helping customers and clients by addressing their queries. Lucy is excited to be working at SRSCC and is keen to use her process driven way of working to increase the effectiveness of SRSCC’s administrative processes. In her free time, Lucy enjoys watching musicals and running. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, and loves going hiking from her caravan in the Yorkshire Dales.
Tom Himsworth

Tom Himsworth

Administrative Assistant

Tom graduated from Edgehill University in 2015 with a degree in Creative Writing. After Tom’s journey through university, he worked extensively within the Healthcare sector in mostly administrative roles. It was here that he found his natural organized and observant manner was best suited as it allowed him to understand how each work environment operated, and where processes, customer service and communication could be improved for the benefit of everyone. Throughout his working life, Tom has gained experience with varying mental health conditions and is passionate about advocating the importance of mental health support and well-being. He is currently looking into various volunteer schemes to help champion mental health awareness. Along with this, Tom is an avid writer and is usually working on a story or two and is passionate about learning more about all forms of creative media.
Estelle Marsden

Estelle Marsden

Customer Support Coordinator

Estelle has completed apprenticeships in both Business Administration and Customer service. Her first Role after leaving school was a receptionist at a Podiatrist and that is where she found her passion for helping people and providing positive customer experiences. After 4 years she then moved into retail where her skills progressed further. Estelle has several years’ experience in a customer facing environment, which has led her to the role of Customer Support Coordinator here at SRSCC. Estelle is hoping to expand her expertise further and progress with SRSCC. Other than her passion for Customer Service. Estelle enjoys walking, Hiking, and exploring in her free time. She also enjoys going to the theatre and watching true crime. Estelle likes to spend most of her time with family and friends.

Emma Jackson

Course Progress Mentor

Emma joined SRSCC in 2019 on a freelance basis taking on a teaching and learning consultancy role. She has 20 years of experience in education as a qualified teacher, working in adult learning, secondary and primary school settings in the UK as well as abroad, namely Japan, Hungary, and France. 

More recently Emma has been teaching yoga, resilience, and mindfulness in primary schools to promote the physical and mental well-being of both pupils and staff.

Being multi-lingual and having a zeal for communication, cultural exchange and life-long learning Emma jumped at the opportunity to join the company as a Course Mentor. Building a good rapport with her learners, supporting them to overcome any challenges on their apprentice journey and facilitating them to fulfil their potential is her motivation.

Cumbrian born and bred in the Lake District, Emma enjoys the outdoors. When not relaxing in tree pose, she is most at home trail running in the hills with her husband and dog. Having clocked up 4 marathons to date, the application of her long-distance running mindset of perseverance, determination, discipline and patience is key to supporting her learners in their studies.

SRSCC Staff Images Ashlee Scribbins

Ashlee Scribbins

Office Administrator

Ashlee has joined the SRSCC team as an Office Administrator, and with a level 2 and 3 in Business Administration, she fits right in!

Ashlee has a wide range of experience from working as a Legal Secretary for the Royal Air Force to managing a team. Ashlee is eager to use her customer service and business administration skills for her new role at SRSCC.

SRSCC Staff Images Declan Hemingway

Declan Hemingway

Business Development Account Manager


Declan recently graduated University studying BSc Business and Management with Marketing achieving a 2:1 and was looking for a role in Business Development to put his knowledge and education to the test.

He has a strong desire to grow the SRSCC brand and customer base. Working alongside our Business Development and Relationship Manager; he looks to strengthen both our Commercial and Apprenticeship learner portfolio by liaising with potential and existing learners through building customer relationships and understanding their requirements.