Do you have an interest in communications? The GCS Apprenticeship offers a brilliant opportunity to learn whilst you earn, and develop the skills needed to begin your career in communications.

Applications for the October 2020 intake will open soon, follow our Twitter feed @ukgovcomms for more information (updated January 2020).

Imagine yourself as a government communications apprentice. What do you see? An office full of middle-aged, middle-class men in suits? A formal, intimidating environment? A place where you need a degree to fit in? Long hours and low pay? Or maybe you think apprenticeships are only for manual work. There was a time when you might have been right. But government communications have changed. If you’re bright, enthusiastic and have ideas on how to get people talking about things that matter, we want you to join us.

From promoting international trade to superfast broadband to getting more girls interested in engineering, government communicators work on interesting, challenging campaigns and have opportunities to contribute exciting new ideas. 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.

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.

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.

‘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.’
Bonnie Melton, GCS Apprentice at Cabinet Office

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 2019, preferably including a communications related subject (e.g. English Literature or English Language)

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

You can find further information in the  GCS Apprenticeship Candidate Information Pack 2019 (PDF 3.4MB)

How to apply

To apply, select the relevant location: London, Bristol, Blackpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Taunton and Titchfield.

To register your interest contact:

08455 199 455 or