Senior Procurement & Supply Chain Professional (Level 6) Apprenticeship

This advanced training programme combines on-the-job learning with formal education, offering your workforce the chance to gain in-depth knowledge and practical skills. The Level 6 Senior Procurement and Supply Chain Professional apprenticeship provides a direct pathway to achieving the prestigious Member of Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS) accreditation.

Level 6 Apprenticeship duration:
Apprentices will spend 18 to 24 months on programme (before gateway to EPA) working towards the occupational standard, with a minimum of 6 hours off-the-job training.

Funding band:
£18,000. Contact us to hear about our introductory offer!

Funding pays for Course Fees, Exam Fees, End Point Assessment and mentoring.

Within our programme, students benefit from a comprehensive mentorship structure designed to enhance their learning experience and empower them for success in their roles. Each student is paired with a seasoned industry expert, a professional who has not only mastered the intricacies of procurement but has also thrived in senior positions within the field.

These mentors serve as invaluable guides, providing personalised guidance, insights, and support tailored to the unique needs and challenges of each student. Through eight dedicated 1-2-1 sessions, students have the opportunity to deeply embed their learning within their specific role, leveraging the wealth of knowledge and experience offered by their mentor.

Level 6 Apprenticeship Overview


Year One and Two

Level 4 Apprenticeship element

Enrolment, induction and initial assessment including setting objectives and a timeline for the apprenticeship.

book element Level 4 Apprenticeship

Learners will study the Level 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply and complete their examinations. Click here to view the CIPS Level 6 course.

Level 4 Apprenticeship People talking element Apprenticeship

Apprentices will have 8 x 1-2-1 sessions with their own mentor to embed the learning in their role. 


Year Two

Man element Apprenticeship

The apprentice will need to complete an End Point Assessment, consisting of a presentation, and an interview with a CIPS assessor and the L6M4 exam module.

Certification element Apprenticeship

The apprentice will then be assessed and awarded a grade of distinction, pass or fail.

End Point Assessment (EPA)

The EPA period should only start, and the EPA be arranged, once the employer is content the the apprentice is working at or above the occupational standards.

Although successful completion of the CIPS Level 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply is required, it's important to note that the apprentice does not have to have completed the entire Level 6 course before beginning the EPA process. The Level 6 Managing Professionalism in Procurement and Supply (L6M4) module, which is part of the EPA, is integrated into the overall assessment journey.

The EPA must be conducted by an organisation approved to offer services against this standard, as selected by the employer, from the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s Register of End Point Assessment Organisations. The EPA for the Level 6 Apprenticeship consists of 3 assessment methods:

Presentation with questions
Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
L6M4 module (Case Study)

Performance in the EPA will determine the apprenticeship grade of distinction, pass or fail.

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Competitive advantage and how that adds value for their organisation and supply chain.
Strategic risk management techniques that drive appropriate due diligence and whole-life risk management.
Responsible procurement expertise covering ethical/social, environmental, and economic factors.
Procurement cycle and its role in delivering the organisation’s strategy.
Concepts of leadership and management in procurement.
How a business case is developed, and the roles of stakeholders involved.
Relevant regulatory and legislative requirements such as data protection, modern slavery and its application for procurement and supply chain management, competition, and employment.
Approaches to managing strategic stakeholder relationships.
The benefits, risks and implications of globalised supply chains and country-specific risks and challenges.
Identify and apply a consistent approach to risk assessment.
Use impact analysis to influence the decision making process.
Develop category strategies and implement them.
Apply project management skills in order to lead projects for procurement.
Negotiate and challenge external stakeholders in order to create innovative commercial solutions.
Influence and persuade internal clients and stakeholders.
Create and implement intervention strategies to correct a contractual failure.
Identify opportunities, and lead change to continually improve the procurement function.
Able to align the procurement or functional strategy with the business strategy.
Analyse, interpret and evaluate findings from qualitative and quantitative research and benchmarking methods to support the decision making process.
Role models ethical behaviour and practices.
Seeks learning opportunities and continuous professional development.
Takes responsibility, shows initiative and is organised.
Considers the “big” picture and the detail together.
Show consideration for objective and accurate judgments using sound evidence and knowledge.
Works flexibly and adapts to circumstances.
Works collaboratively with others across the organisation and external stakeholders.

                       Click here to view all key knowledge, skills and behaviours. .

Entry Requirements:
Individuals must have gained successful completion of the CIPS Level 4 Diploma and CIPS Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply before starting the Level 6 Senior Procurement and Supply Chain Professional apprenticeship. Apprentices must hold GCSEs in English and Maths prior to taking the End-Point Assessment.

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