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Apprenticeships – grab the opportunity!

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Sarah Bishop, Head of the Apprenticeship Delivery Team

There’s never been a better time to do an apprenticeship. Not only is the government committed to supporting 3 million apprenticeship starts in England over the course of this Parliament, but 30,000 of them will be based in the Civil Service by 2020.

This is a huge investment in people capability, and one that will play a vital role in achieving the ‘Brilliant Civil Service’ we all want to see. It’s part of the drive to equip people across the Civil Service with the skills and experience we need to deliver great work in a sometimes challenging environment.  

Graphic with legend 'A great place to work'The Civil Service offers apprenticeship opportunities in a range of priority areas – from operational delivery to leadership. Every profession in government will be covered by 2020, with a clear pathway for career progression.

Not only that, but apprenticeships are available across a range of qualification levels – from level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSE passes at A* to C) to level 7 (equivalent to a master’s degree).

Civil Service apprentices

You don’t have to be a school-leaver to benefit from an apprenticeship. You might have been working for years and find an apprenticeship a real turning point – read Nicola Metcalfe’s inspiring story in this blog. You can come from any background, with any level of experience. All you need is a willingness to learn and to apply your learning in the workplace.

Today’s apprenticeships offer quality learning that’s developed by experts in their field. Many lead to a recognised qualification or accreditation, and you can take them in a variety of ways, including workplace learning, formal learning and digital learning.

Which brings me to some more good news – once your manager has given you the green light to do an apprenticeship, you can devote 20% of your time at work to it. That includes reading, workshops and other learning activities as well as on-the-job learning.

National Apprenticeships Week 2018 logoThis year’s National Apprenticeship Week takes place from 5 to 9 March, with BBC coverage throughout the week – so tune in to discover more.

You can also find out more from the CSL website – and watch this space for more stories from civil servants who have already benefited from apprenticeships.

If you’re interested in applying for an apprenticeship, please speak to your manager and follow your department’s application process.

Don't forget to tell young people in your family or friends with children leaving school this year  that applications for the Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship open at midday on 28 February. Applicants looking for a rewarding alternative to university can choose from six apprenticeship schemes: Policy; Business; Commercial; Digital, Data & Technology; Finance; and Project Delivery.

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  1. Comment by Barbara Savage posted on

    Is there an upper age limit? I am interested in applying for an apprenticeship with a deadline very soon and don't wish to waste my time if I don't qualify.

  2. Comment by Carole Lovstrom posted on

    Can I speak to someone about the qualifications for the Digital Service apprenticeships please? thanks,

    • Replies to Carole Lovstrom>

      Comment by Sarah Bishop posted on

      Hi Carole

      I will email you the contact details.

  3. Comment by Wayne Hamlett posted on

    Apprenticeships are an exciting option to have a change of direction in my career. I have a MSc which has prevented me from applying for a apprenticeship. Will apprenticeships be opened up for individuals who want to have a change of direction but wish for a structured approach such as this scheme?

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      Comment by Sarah Bishop posted on

      Hi Wayne
      Please see my response to the question above.

  4. Comment by Louisa Radice posted on

    Are apprenticeships an option for someone with a postgraduate qualification?

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      Comment by Sarah Bishop posted on

      Hi Louisa
      The apprenticeship funding rules make it clear you’re welcome to apply ‘if the apprenticeship will allow you to acquire substantive new skills and you can evidence that the content of the training is materially different from any prior qualification or a previous apprenticeship’.

      The Civil Service encourages applications from people from a broad range of backgrounds. The main requirement is that you’re willing to learn and to apply the learning in your workplace. If you decide to apply, you’ll need your manager’s approval; you should find details about how to apply on your department’s intranet.