MBIE Procurement Graduate Programme

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The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) offers a programme which sees talented graduates taken on each year and given the opportunity to be part of a government-wide team of procurement specialists. 

 The Procurement Graduate Programme was expanded in 2016 to include graduates from Institutes such as WelTec and Whitireia.

“Each year, the government procurement graduate programme attracts a large number of high-calibre applicants with a range of backgrounds and degrees. I have been impressed with the successful applicants that have come through WelTec, and the perspective applied learning brings to the graduate pool. There are many opportunities in the procurement profession and I am sure they will go far.” John Ivil, General Manager Government Procurement and Property.

WelTec Bachelor of Applied Management graduates Mahana McArdell, Katrina Ross

WelTec Bachelor of Applied Management graduates Mahana McArdell, Katrina Ross and Bray Stewart at MBIE, Wellington.

In 2017 three Bachelor of Applied Management graduates Bray Stewart, Katrina Ross and Mahana McArdell were selected for the graduate programme enabling them to spend up to two years working in different government agencies gaining valuable experience across all aspects of the procurement process. The programme also helps facilitate graduates to gain their formal Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) qualification which is a recognised international standard for procurement specialists.

For WelTec graduate Bray Stewart, the experience gained during the MBIE Graduate Programme in 2017 saw him move into permanent employment in procurement at the Ministry of Education.

The MBIE Graduate Programme enabled me to engage in work on the Housing Infrastructure Fund which involves significant expenditure by the Crown, which is allocated to local authorities across New Zealand. I was also able to work on other projects which allowed me to be involved throughout the whole lifecycle of the procurement process.  This experience among others was invaluable and helped me secure a permanent role at the Ministry of Education in the Infrastructure Team."

All three graduates have a trades’ background and with that applied practical skills base they each moved into degree-level study deciding to ultimately specialise in procurement. 

For Katrina, who was previously a beauty therapist, she chose to switch her career path as she was looking for a change in lifestyle.

Katrina Ross, There are many opportunities in the field of procurement available as a result of being in the MBIE Graduate Programme, including creating connections with industry experts. I am really pleased one of my tutors advised me of the opportunity and pushed me to apply for the programme.”

Bray had a successful 10-year career as a qualified builder prior to studying the Bachelor of Applied Management. Bray had done his carpentry training through WelTec and decided to return after gaining a taste of applied management through running a building company.

Similarly, Mahana after 17 years in the construction industry decided to return to study. In his time in construction Mahana worked throughout Australia in the construction industry and also worked on projects during the Canterbury rebuild. 

I chose to study the Bachelor of Applied Management to give myself the opportunity of progressing into a corporate environment.  I feel well set up for all opportunities.”

“WelTec Bachelor of Applied Management graduates have applied knowledge and are work-ready which sets them apart. Bray, Kat and Mahana left WelTec not only with a degree-level qualification, but also with hard and soft skill sets that had already been practiced and refined throughout their studies and work experience,” Mick Jays Head of Business WelTec and Whitireia.

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