A rare opportunity for ambitious young people in Leeds to work in the heart of Government has been launched today.
The new Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme opens for applications today and officials from the Cabinet Office say they hope to attract 12 people from Leeds.
The scheme aims to harness the talent and energy of young people who have chosen not to go to university but have the skills and potential to work in the Civil Service.
Roles could include working in finance and resources in the court prosecution service or as a personal advisor with the Department for Work and Pensions. Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude said: “The Civil Service is a vibrant, exciting place to work where nine out of 10 are interested in their job.
“Those who don’t go into higher education have a huge amount to offer, and the Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme will help ensure that we continue to attract the brightest and the best people to work for us.”
Sir Bob Kerslake, head of the Civil Service, said: “Few employers can match what the Civil Service offers.
“Our talented and committed people work with some of the most important and exciting issues facing the country, and help change things for the better on a daily basis.
“Our last staff survey showed that 89 per cent found their work interesting which is one of the reasons why the Civil Service Graduate Fast Stream is so popular.
“I have no doubt our new Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme will be equally successful. I hope young people come forward to learn what the scheme has to offer – it could be one of the best decisions they ever make”.
A range of Government departments are taking part in the pilot of the scheme, with 100 places being made available in London, Yorkshire, the North West and West Midlands.
Apprentices will have a structured training programme for at least two years and work towards a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Business and Professional Administration.
Applicants must have five GCSE grades at A* to C, including English language and maths, and be aged between 18 and 21. For information, and to apply, visit: www.civilservice.gov.uk/csapprenticeships.