Start your career at YPO – Improvement Technician Apprenticeship
YPO is one of the leading public sector procurement organisations in the UK. Based in Wakefield we supply around 30,000 products and over 100 services to our customers, providing anything from pens and paper to electricity, energy and insurance. A not for profit organisation, we’re owned by 13 local authorities which makes us extremely proud of our public sector roots.
Your apprenticeship will last 2 years and will include both nationally recognised qualifications and on-the-job training, as well as the opportunity to partake in our newly developed Apprenticeship Pathway – a programme of workshops designed to complement the experience you will gain through working with us. You will be working towards a Level 3 Improvement Technician qualification.
Working in a lively office environment as part of a team, our Improvement Technician Apprentice provides support to our Business Change Team assisting in business-wide improvement activity spanning across all departments. This role will support the ‘business as usual’ service provided by the Business Change Team, whilst working with other areas of the business to deliver improvement activity through effective problem solving. The role will also provide a range of administrative support such as reception and post duties.
What We Need from You
In this role you will be working on improvement activities, therefore you should have the ability to think creatively to solve problems, with a clear commitment for identifying opportunities and delivering improvements.
You will be required to work well as part of a team and demonstrate a positive attitude. You will be working with teams across the business, so you need excellent communication skills and the ability to engage at all levels. You must have good IT skills and be highly organised with excellent attention to detail and the ability to work methodically.
You will ideally have previous experience of working with data sets or maintaining libraries of documentation, but above all the commitment to study and work at the same time.
You need GCSEs or equivalent at Grade A* to C or 9 to 4, including English Language, Mathematics and Science.
Apprenticeships are available from age 16. Students awaiting exam results can still apply, please state predicted grades on your application form.
The Important Bits
As an Apprentice with YPO, you will earn the minimum wage rather than an apprentice wage. This means that you will earn £8913 in your first year if you’re under 18; £12,656 if you are 18 to 20; £16,128 if you are 21 to 22 or £17,189 if you are 23 and over. You will work Monday to Friday, 37 hours per week.
Closing date for applications is Sunday 20th June, with interviews taking place from week commencing 28th June. Employment will commence Monday 2nd August 2021.
If you are interested in this chance to start your career with YPO, please download the job description and application form, and read our application guidance pack.
When completing your application, sell yourself to us! We want to know what you can bring to YPO.
If you have any questions, please contact our HR team at [email protected]
We can’t wait to hear from you!
Please note that we do not accept CVs. All applications must be submitted using our official application form.