“What exactly is commercial!?” I hear you ask.
A common question that I’m happy to answer. Commercial in government is the procuring (or buying) of goods and services for the government.
Some of our apprentices at the moment sit in some of the biggest projects in the world. No organisation in the UK spends more than government on goods and services.
Now is a great time to join the commercial profession in government. Commercial is one of government’s top 3 priorities. The Chief Executive of the Civil Service, John Manzoni recently wrote:
“So why is commercial so important? The answer is simple. Every year, government spends billions of pounds on contracts to provide a wide range of public services. So, securing the best deals for government is essential, not only to deliver value for money to the taxpayer, but also to drive innovation in the wider economy.”
One aspect of making this commercial function the best in the UK is recruiting, retaining and developing the best people. The Commercial Fast Track fits into the development focus. There is a real commitment to your learning and development, showcased by the inclusion of a Diploma qualification with the apprenticeship.
The skills, knowledge and behaviours we are looking for you to develop are purposely transferrable across businesses and sectors. They should benefit you immediately in the workplace and will stand you in good stead for your future career.
The main things you should takeaway from understanding this scheme is that you will gain a formal qualification whilst being exposed to commercial activities in the most interesting of environments. A profession that features a lot of senior employees, the experiences you could gain are unrivalled.
Boasting two fantastic cohorts so far, we are always looking to continue the provision of a scheme that combines work and study to put you in the best position possible to take your career wherever you want to go. We hope that after only a few weeks on the scheme you will have fallen in love with government commercial so we can guide you through to future commercial opportunities!