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OGC unveils new Government Procurement Graduate Scheme

OGC unveils new Government Procurement Graduate Scheme

OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT COMMERCE News Release (06/07) issued by The Government News Network on 16 April 2007

The Office of Government Commerce today unveils a new Government Procurement Graduate Scheme. The new scheme is one of the first signs of the reform to the Government Procurement Service (GPS) and aims to bring up to 13 high-calibre business graduates into government procurement roles by the autumn.

The successful graduates will be put through an accelerated two-year development programme, which will include procurement placements in a range of government departments.

Peter Fanning, OGC's acting Chief Executive said:
"This new scheme will have a significant impact on raising the skill base across public sector procurement. In the future, we anticipate some of our trainees will be controlling the procurement efforts of major government departments, making sure we get the best possible value for taxpayers' money in delivering excellent public services."

The programme involves both formal and on-the-job training leading to full membership of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) once the necessary professional experience has been gained.

Mark Pedlingham, OGC's Executive Director Markets, Supplier & Skills who has been leading the Reform of the Government Procurement Service said:
"After this pilot, we aim to deliver around 20 graduates a year to departments across central government, with the goal of establishing the next generation of commercial leaders in government.

"This scheme is the most important recruitment initiative we've undertaken in procurement. It offers the chance to bring both new graduates and people who already have careers in business, management or professional practice into government. This will boost our efforts at establishing a radical, creative and collaborative approach to procurement and signal the move of the GPS toward a fully professional function."

Seven departments are supporting the scheme including HM Revenue and Customs and the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency.

The Reform of the Government Procurement Service is a key component of the Transforming Government Procurement report, which sets targets to raise skills; raise departmental capability; scrutinise procurement projects and improve collaboration on procurement across government.

Notes to Editors
The Government Procurement Graduate Scheme is a positive step forward and a tangible demonstration of OGC having risen to the challenge of supporting Transforming Government Procurement. More importantly it's an initiative that will make a positive difference over the next couple of years but that will then go on to grow exponentially as more of our graduates take up roles in government procurement.
The Transforming Government Procurement report is available to view on the HM Treasury website.

Applying to join the scheme
Anyone with, or expecting to achieve, a degree in a business or business-related subject, normally at 2:1 level or equivalent, may apply. Interest can be registered by e-mailing contact details to OGCgrads@barkers.co.uk
The new scheme's website -- http://www.ogcgraduates.co.uk -- has gone live today and includes:
* complete details of the scheme
* a self-selection questionnaire, aimed at helping candidates decide if the demanding roles are right for them
* an on-line application form.
A PDF version of the application form is also available on request via the website or the OGC service desk.
Information about eligibility for the scheme and an information pack are also available from the OGC Service Desk on 0845 000 4999.

OGC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community. Selection will be on fair and open competition and regardless of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or ethnic origin. We operate flexible working patterns within a non-smoking environment.
Applications are welcomed under the Guaranteed Interview Scheme, for disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the post.

About OGC
The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) is an office of HM Treasury, responsible for improving value for money by driving up standards and capability in procurement, from commodities buying to the delivery of major capital projects, maximising the effective use of Government spending and a £30 billion property estate.
A new Government strategy launched in January 2007, Transforming Government Procurement, highlighted the central importance of procurement in delivering high-quality public services and best value for money. OGC is tasked with delivering this transformation, and with driving up standards and procurement capability across central Government. The OGC will do this through:
* Setting the right procurement standards and ensuring they are met;
* Capitalising on the Government's collective buying power to achieve value for money;
* And playing a stronger role in the successful delivery of major projects.

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