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New graduate recruitment initiative launched

Published: Friday, 25 January 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has launched an initiative that aims to offer a career in government procurement to "high-calibre" business graduates.

The scheme, which is led by OGC's Government Procurement Service (GPS), has been set up to improve procurement skills across the industry and promote a "creative and collaborative" approach to procurement.

As well as opportunities for new graduates, the initiative will allow those already working in business and management to progress in to government procurement.

Procurement professionals would play a vital role in the handling and distribution of the £160 billion spent on the public sector each year.

Commenting on the scheme, OGC chief executive Nigel Smith said: "The GPS Graduate Scheme brings in additional talent to join the large group of procurement professionals already operating across the public sector, who are delivering on the government's agenda to transform the way in which it handles procurement."

Any graduate with or expecting a 2:1 or equivalent classification in a business-related subject can apply.

The OGC is an office of HM Treasury, responsible for improving value for money by driving up standards and capability in procurement.


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