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New graduates welcomed into the Procurement Graduate Programme

This month, New Zealand Government Procurement (NZGP) welcomed eight new university graduates into the Procurement Graduate Programme.

The graduates completed a week long orientation at NZGP before beginning their rotations with the Ministry of Health, University of Auckland, Ministry for Primary Industries, Ministry of Justice, New Zealand Defence Force (Airforce), healthAlliance and MBIE.

“Once again we have a very high calibre of graduates who bring with them a diverse range of skills, including tax and accounting, international business, politics and energy studies,” says Mark Richards, Director Capability Services.

“We had an overwhelming response, with over 160 applicants seeking a place on the programme which aims to shape public sector procurement leaders of the future.”

In addition to getting hands on experience, the graduates will also be supported with mentors and subsidised study towards CIPS Level 4 Diploma.

The graduates have had a taste of the procurement profession this week by talking to NZGP’s senior management team and staff who offered them practical advice on procurement in the public sector.

Procurement graduate Magnus Whyte said he is looking forward to the new challenge ahead. “I’m keen to learn more about the public sector and procurement and having four different rotations is a great opportunity to learn about procurement in different parts of government and to work on different projects.”

These eight new graduates join our nine existing procurement graduates, who are at various stages of the programme.

Agency feedback about the graduates on the programme has been overwhelmingly positive. They quickly add value to the teams they join, often challenging the status quo while they’re doing it.

If you are interested in learning more about the Procurement Graduate Programme or would like to host a graduate in your agency, please contact procurement@mbie.govt.nz.