Frequently asked questions

What qualifications do I need to apply?

  • 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 (e.g. English Literature or English Language)
  • The apprenticeship is also aimed at candidates who do not have a degree in a comms related topic.

Is there an age limit?

You have to be over 16 to apply. If you’re looking for an alternative to university, an apprenticeship could be for you.

What will I have at the end?

Public Relations Assistant Level 4 Apprenticeship standard

What is a diploma?

A certificate to show that you’ve completed a course of study.

How much time will I spend studying?

You will attend training sessions one day a month and be expected to spend an hour a week of your own time studying.

What will I study?

Examples of the things you might learn about include:

  • developing marketing plans
  • using digital and social media in marketing campaigns organising events
  • evaluating and improving performance chairing meetings

What will I do on the placement?

You will work on marketing campaigns. Examples of activities are:

  • audience research
  • researching new digital tools and channels
  • producing content for news and social media channels
  • organising visits for ministers

What type of person are you looking for?

If you’re creative, flexible, excited by news stories and current affairs, passionate about learning and you enjoy being part of a team, we want to hear from you.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, especially from groups that are underrepresented in government: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people and people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Do I need communications or marketing experience?

No. We’re looking for people who will bring a fresh perspective, innovation and enthusiasm to the team.

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