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The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) is an independent office of HM Treasury, established to help Government deliver best value from its spending.
The OGC works with central Government departments and other public sector organisations to ensure the achievement of six key goals:
Delivery of value for money from third party spend;
Delivery of projects to time, quality and cost, realising benefits;
Getting the best from the Government's £30bn estate;
Improving the sustainability of the Government estate and operations, including reducing carbon emissions by 12.5% by 2010-11, through stronger performance management and guidance;
Helping achieve delivery of further Government policy goals, including innovation, equality, and support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs);
Driving forward the improvement of central Government capability in procurement, project and programme management, and estates management through the development of people skills, processes and tools.
The difference between Government procurement and other similar roles is the scale, variety and complexity of what's involved. We procure everything from first aid kits to foreign aid programmes, tilting chairs to tilting trains. As a result, the experience you gain on the graduate scheme prepares you thoroughly for a rewarding and challenging business career at the heart of government.
To put it simply, there is no better place to learn about procurement.