Apprenticeship encouraging young to join purchasing and supply chain

A new apprenticeship to entice young people into the purchasing and supply career pathway has been launched in Scotland.

City of Glasgow College has launched its first “industry academy” for procurement and supply chain.

The teaching model will ensure that students’ experiences mirror real working environments.

The Glaswegian college has partnered with Skills Development Scotland to deliver the programme that has been designed by procurement professionals, with the support of CIPS.

It will provide training for new apprenticeships which will open up career opportunities in the profession that employs around 115,000 people across 12,400 companies in Scotland.

College principal Paul Little said: “The college’s new industry academy and the modern apprenticeship in procurement and supply chain will attract young people into an industry that benefits Scotland’s economy and businesses while providing good long-term career prospects.

Alastair Merrill, director of procurement and commercial for the Scottish Government, added: “Skills in procurement and supply chain management are increasingly relevant for the private, public and third sector. Every business needs to purchase and pay for goods and services.

“And across the public sector, procurement offers a range of careers, from the commissioning of care services to the procurement of aircraft carriers. By building procurement and supply chain talent in Scotland’s young people, the industry academy and modern apprenticeship in procurement will make a major contribution to growing Scotland’s economy.”