How to become a bid writer
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- specialist courses run by professional bodies
Some employers will expect you to have a degree. Relevant subjects include:
- business management
- sales and marketing
You could also study a subject relevant to an industry you want to specialise in, like IT, civil engineering or housing.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You can work towards this role by completing a bid and proposal co-ordinator advanced apprenticeship.
There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You could start as a trainee or junior bid writer. You’ll need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths. Many employers will prefer you to have at least A levels.
You may also be able to work your way up through administrative jobs, especially in bid writing companies.
The Association of Bid & Proposal Management Professionals offers certification qualifications for people working in bid and proposal writing.
Institute of Sales Management also offers short courses like the Level 4 Award In Writing and Delivering a Sales Proposal and Level 5 Award in Bid and Tender Management for Account Managers.
A professional marketing qualification may help you find work.
If you're preparing bids for international funding, the ability to speak other languages can help.
Professional and industry bodies
You can join the Association of Bid Proposal Management Professionals and the Institute of Sales Management for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts.