Apprenticeships

Government communications apprenticeships

Please note applications for the 2017 round are now closed.

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 fire safety 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.
You will:

  • need five GCSEs including English at grades A*-C or above to apply. The equivalent of 2 A-levels achieved by September 2017, preferably including a communications related subject (e.g. English Literature or English Language)
  • work in a government organisation for 18 months
  • study and learn on the job
  • earn a competitive salary
  • gain a diploma in Marketing (including NVQ Level 3)

The apprenticeship scheme aims to give you the skills and experience you need to apply for a role in the Civil Service, and support you with careers advice and coaching to help you succeed.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2017 apprenticeship recruitment round are open until 5 March 2017, find out more and apply.

Current GCS Apprentices

Giorgio Di Tunno, Cabinet Office:

My name is Giorgio Di Tunno and I am a Government Communications Service Apprentice. I started my apprenticeship as an 18-year-old, straight out of sixth form. The role has provided me with an immediate hands-on experience of working as a communications professional.

What appealed to you:

The GCS apprenticeship appealed to me as an attractive career pathway, rather than the traditional university route. My ambitions centered around combining practical learning with the opportunity to earn a salary. Since starting my role I have been involved in implementing various policies from 10 Downing Street and the Cabinet Office through the work of the GCS.

What are the benefits of being a part of the GCS Apprenticeship Programme:

Not only have I been introduced to the world of full-time work in a historic organisation at the centre of government, I now have constant opportunities arising to further my career within the GCS. I wake up motivated everyday, knowing I’m doing something I enjoy whilst making a difference.