The Government Communication Service (GCS) Apprenticeship offers a brilliant opportunity to learn while you earn, and develop the skills you need to begin your career in communications.

Applications for the October 2020 Apprenticeship are now closed.

18-month programme

A Government Communications apprenticeship will develop your knowledge, skills and understanding needed to begin an exciting career in communications. Our 18-month apprenticeship combines work in one or more teams across government communications with academic study.

During your apprenticeship, you will be placed in a government department or public body and will be completing challenging work. You will gain valuable work experience in communications specialisms, these could include: internal communications, digital media, campaigns management and strategic engagement.

Our employees should reflect the people we’re communicating with and we welcome your application whatever your background. Bring your different views and experiences and help us make sure our campaigns are relevant and appealing to everyone.

Apprentice activities

You could be:

  • Organising key events and visits;
  • Using digital and social media to interest and engage people;
  • Working on government campaigns to encourage community participation; or
  • Researching and analysing the needs of a variety of audiences.

Bonnie Melton, GCS Apprentice at Cabinet Office, said:

The Government Communication Service apprenticeship was the best route for me, as I was ready to learn in the world of work and develop real-life skills. The apprenticeship has given me exposure in different teams, and the experiences I have had has motivated me to continue my time within government.

Eligibility: who can apply

The apprenticeship is aimed at all levels, ages and academic backgrounds and is an 18-month scheme. To apply, you must have:

  • 5 GCSE at grades 4-9 (A*-C) or equivalent including English, with a minimum GCSE Maths grade 3. A GCSE in ICT is preferable.
  • The equivalent of 2 A levels achieved by September 2020, preferably including a communications related subject (for example English literature or English language)

Candidates who do not have a degree in a communications-related topic can also apply.