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Young people get public sector graduate jobs

Published: Friday, 04 December 2009   Category: Sales and recruitment

The Government Procurement Service has taken its third wave of graduate job hunters onto its training scheme designed for university leavers.

Its Government Procurement Graduate Scheme (GPGS) has welcomed 23 degree-holders onto its on-the-job training course, which aims to develop university students purchasing skills within the public sector.

The new employees will undertake a two-year programme as executive officers within the Office of Government Commerce, dealing with the £220 billion annual budget for procurement.

Sir Gus O'Donnell, cabinet secretary and head of the Home Civil Service, said: "The GPGS is a great opportunity for those seeking a career in procurement, and the scheme aims to create a potential source of future commercial directors in departments. I wish this year's trainees luck in their first year."

The Guardian recently reported that the government has increased the number of graduates taking up the procurement scheme in order to prepare for the requirements of the London 2012 Olympics.

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