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The Welsh Government will be funding a fixed number of places for individuals from the Welsh public sector to undertake the MCIPS Advanced Practitioner qualification from January 2021.

First published:
21 August 2020
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The Welsh Government will be funding a fixed number of places for individuals from the Welsh public sector to undertake the MCIPS Advanced Practitioner qualification from January 2021.

The course will be delivered by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS). Applicants will be required to evidence that they have already completed the CIPS L4/Diploma upon application to be eligible for the programme.

Students will undertake and complete this level of the MCIPS qualification in accelerated timescales, over approximately 15 months. The course will initially be delivered through a virtual on-line platform, using Zoom for face-to-face lectures. The study route will be assignment based, with a final 10,000 word project required at the end of the course.

The course will be fully funded by the Welsh Government, except for travel and subsistence costs, which will need to be covered by your public sector organisation.

The MCIPS course forms part of the Welsh Government’s commercial procurement capacity and capability programme. The programme aims to deliver commitments from the then Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government’s Written Statement in 2018, and the First Minister’s leadership manifesto, which placed an emphasis on procurement as a lever for change. It will ensure that skill levels of existing staff meet today’s needs, create professionals of the future, and raise the status of the procurement profession by addressing the skills deficit.

Read more details on the CIPS Corporate Award programme.

Conditions for application

Upon completion of the course, individuals will be required to stay working in the Welsh public sector for three years. If individuals decide to leave the Welsh public sector within this period, they will be required to repay all training costs. Applicants must be a permanent member of staff in a Welsh public sector organisation, and must have completed any probation period that may apply.

How to apply

Please ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria; and complete the expression of interest (EOI) form below. Please submit to vwpolicy@gov.wales by close of play 25 September 2020.

An evaluation panel will assess the sector and geographical spread of all EOI forms to ensure a fair representation across the Welsh procurement landscape. Should we receive a higher number of EOIs from one organisation/sector, we may ask for the number of applications to be reduced if we are over the maximum number of available places.