Apprenticeship role - Various roles/placements (around 25 vacancies)

Cabinet Office
05 Nov 2019
14 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Reference number 23848
Salary GBP24,759 - GBP30,168
Executive Officer: Band B1
Contract type: Fixed Term
Length of employment: 24 months
Business area: Other
Type of role: Administration / Corporate Support
Working pattern: Full-time, Job share, Part-time
Number of posts: 25

Summary These positions are based in London

Job description The Cabinet Office is running an apprenticeship programme to recruit a number of vibrant, enthusiastic individuals with a passion to learn. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain an understanding of how the Civil Service operates, whilst working at the heart of Central Government.

You may be leaving school or college but not necessarily, apprenticeships are for people from a wide range of backgrounds including people who may be looking to change career direction, returning to work after a break or starting their civil service career.

At your interview, we will talk to you about your career ambitions and which apprenticeship might suit you. Apprenticeships we have on offer include Business Administration, HR, Finance and more. The apprenticeship you will be offered if successful will be dependent on your ambition and our business need.

At the Cabinet Office we support the Prime Minister and ensure the effective running of government. The Cabinet Office is the corporate headquarters for government, in partnership with HM Treasury, and a policy department that challenges, supports, leads or provides services to other Ministerial Departments.

This is an excellent entry point into the Civil Service and is a great opportunity to gain insight into the workings of the Cabinet Office. Successful applicants will work towards a work-based qualification and receive support from the department including 20% time off for learning.

For more information about what we do visit our Careers Page or Vercida page.


Candidates who pass the sift and interview stages will be posted into roles graded at a Band B1. Cabinet Office starting salary is GBP24,759 (London).

Alongside your role, you will work towards a minimum Level 3 qualification in an applicable area, for more information on the qualifications that we currently offer please visit our Apprenticeship page on Vercida

There are great career opportunities in the Cabinet Office, you may be able to proceed onto a higher level qualification or apply for permanent job opportunities within Government.

Benefits include:

flexible working options

our EDENRED discount platform,

25 days holiday (which increases yearly until our maximum of 30 days),

the Employee Assistance Programme, offering free and confidential support to employees with a dedicated website and LiveChat feature

a variety of staff networks to meet colleagues who share similar interests or beliefs

Job Description


To be eligible to apply for an apprenticeship, you must:

Be aged 16 or older;

Not be in full-time education;

Have the right to live and work in the UK - if you are an EEA citizen, you must have the right of abode in the UK, and have been ordinarily resident in the EEA (including other countries determined to be within the EEA or those with bilateral agreements) for at least the previous three years on the first day of the apprenticeship;

Undertake only one apprenticeship at any one time;

Meet the stated entry requirements of the programme (including prior learning and qualifications);

Normally be employed for at least 30 hours a week for the duration of the apprenticeship but please call us for a conversation if you have difficulty meeting this requirement and we can discuss your individual circumstances; and

not have completed the same level and subject area of qualification before

Please note that you can undertake an apprenticeship at the same, or lower, level as a qualification that you already hold. However, as above this cannot be in the same subject.

If you work part-time for fewer than 30 hours a week, you may be able to train as an apprentice. Exceptions can be made due to personal situations or because of the industry or the job role. In such a case, you would need to work at least 16 hours a week.

There are a variety of potential roles that you could be assigned to so we are unable to provide specifics on the nature of the position. For B1 roles you can expect to carry out some of the following duties in your day-to-day role:

Acting as a customer service point within teams

Assisting in research and providing support for policy development and projects

Commissioning briefings and speeches, arranging meetings

Drafting responses to questions from Ministers and the public

Producing regular performance statistics, analysing findings and feeding back to senior team leaders

Organising travel for visits, offsite meetings, speaking events for senior officials

Supporting senior officials by providing advice on procedures, protocols and other considerations

Undertaking administrative and logistical tasks in order to assist the wider team


We want to know why you are looking for an apprenticeship and why you want to join the Civil Service in no more than 350 words. This first stage of the application process is designed to test your motivational fit for an apprenticeship within Cabinet Office. We would ask you please upload a Microsoft Word Document answering these questions to your application.

At interview, we will test Communicating & Influencing and also ask some Strengths based questions; you can find out more about CS Behaviours here and Strengths here. You will also be asked to complete a written exercise, designed to test Delivering At Pace. We expect the interview to last no longer than an hour.

If we have more successful candidates than vacancies, we may put you on a reserve list to offer you a role at a later date and/or we may offer you a role at the grade below (Band C).

Pre-appointment and Clearance

Successful candidates to Cabinet Office must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The maximum level of security needed is security check.

Please note that this role requires SC clearance, which would normally require 5 years' UK residency in the past 5 years. This is not an absolute requirement but supplementary checks may be required where individuals have not lived in the UK for the required period. This may mean that your security clearance (and therefore your appointment) will take longer or, in some cases, not be possible.

Responsibilities Please refer to job description

Behaviours We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Things you need to know
Security Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check .

Selection process details This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours and Strengths.

Please refer to job description

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here .

Working for the Civil Service The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles .

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants Job contact : Name : Carrigan Rosamond Email : Recruitment team : Email :

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