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Why choose this qualification?
The Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Procurement and Supply have been developed in consultation with various stakeholders including the relevant Sector Skills Council (Skills for Logistics) and Training Providers. The qualifications are supported by employers including a government agency and a local police authority. The Level 3 Diploma in Procurement and Supply forms part of the Apprenticeship Framework for the Advanced Apprenticeship in Procurement.
These qualifications are suitable for trainee buyers just starting their career in a procurement and supply environment, or for a purchasing/procurement assistant. They would also suit learners with delegated procurement responsibilities who work outside of a formal procurement and supply environment.
The objective of the qualifications is to enable learners to undertake a specific role in the workplace that can be relied upon by employers. They also support progression to higher level qualifications in Procurement or related areas within the sector. The qualifications form part of a suite of Procurement qualifications at Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Rules of Combination
Learners are required to gain a minimum of 21 credits including 3 units from the Mandatory Group (M) totalling 13 credits and at least 8 credits from the Optional Group (O).
Learners must achieve 13 credits from this group.
Analyse Information about Procurement and Supply
Stakeholder Relationships in Procurement and Supply
The Procurement and Supply Environment
Learners must achieve 8 credits from this group.
Administer a Stock Control System
Customer Service in Own Area of Responsibility
Determine Requirements for Procurement and Supply
Identify and Appraise Potential Suppliers of Non-Critical Supplies
Manage Own Professional Development within Procurement and Supply
Manage a Procurement in Accordance with EU Public Procurement Rules
Monitor the Performance of Suppliers
Negotiate for Supplies
Place and Expedite Orders with Suppliers
What is the purpose of this qualification?
For many organisations the biggest cost is goods and services bought from third parties. Procurement is fundamental to all businesses and is a key sector in terms of managing supply chains. This qualification provides knowledge, understanding and skills to support entry and progression within the procurement and supply chain industry.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
This qualification covers combined competence and knowledge elements needed to work in procurement. The qualification comprises of 21 credits and has a minimum of 95 - 114 guided learning hours. Learners will complete 13 Credits from the mandatory units and a further 8 Credits from group O (Optional).
Learners complete 3 mandatory units:
• Stakeholder Relationships in Procurement and Supply
• The Procurement and Supply environment
• Analyse Information about Procurement and Supply
Learners then have a choice of optional units on different topics in Procurement and Supply including stock control, placing and expediting orders, administering contracts and customer service.
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
Gateway Qualifications offers other Level 3 qualifications within the logistics sector. This particular qualification is suitable if you wish to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding specifically within procurement. An alternative qualification which focuses on the specifics of supply chain management, is the Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Diploma in Supply Chain Management.
The Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Diploma in Warehousing and Storage qualification is suitable if learners want to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding within a warehousing and storage role. Gateway Qualifications also offers generic business qualifications if learners do not wish to specialise in the logistics industry. For example, the Gateway Qualification Level 3 Diploma in Business Admin.
Gateway Qualifications also offers a range of Access to Higher Education qualifications with a business focus if you want to progress to Higher Education in the future.
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Which sector does this qualification support?
This qualification could lead to a number of roles in procurement and supply, for example procurement assistant or procurement support officer.
What are the progression options?
Learners can progress to a Level 3 Diploma in Procurement and Supply which forms part of the framework for the Advanced Apprenticeship in Procurement. Alternatively, they could progress to the Gateway Level 4 Diploma in Procurement.
Progression & entry requirementsLearners undertaking this qualification are likely to have a level of attainment at level 2 and be working towards or have achieved English and maths at level 2 and have IT skills. It is available to learners aged 16+, and it is anticipated that it will be of specific relevance to: • those who are interested in or just embarking on a career in the procurement sector who may at a later stage wish to embark on an Advanced Apprenticeship in Procurement • Young people and adults who may already be in employment who wish to gain experience of procurement and supply to further their career development • those with delegated procurement responsibilities who work outside of a formal procurement and supply environment.
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