Line managers talk about the GCS Apprenticeship

Blog post by GCS

Wednesday 7 March 2018

GCS apprenticeship line managers share the benefits of having an apprentice on their team

The apprenticeship is an alternative route to learning, providing a brilliant opportunity for school leavers and those without a degree to learn and qualify while you work. During your time on the scheme, you will have experience of working in different communications teams in your department. You will have the chance to be involved and take ownership of your own projects, as well as receive training led by GCS and our apprenticeship training providers.

You could be organising key events and visits, using digital and social media to interest and engage people or even supporting government campaigns to encourage community participation.

Hear from line managers of GCS Apprentices on their experiences of having an apprentice in their team:

“Our experience of apprentices in the GCS team has been fantastic. Our apprentices get the opportunity to move between teams and work across communications disciplines from conferences and events, campaigns and digital to ministerial visits. It’s definitely a two way process while we are able to help develop our apprentice’s skills for a career in government communications in turn our apprentices have brought fresh insight to our work and helped inform some of our GCS campaigns – including this one.”

David Rose, Deputy Director GCS Profession

“We have had two apprentices in HMRC Press Office over the last 18 months and they have both very quickly made themselves indispensable to us. I have ensured our apprentices have never found themselves doing the tea run, only challenging and integrating work. I’ve learned through experience that apprentices have a real thirst for reaching up and delivering top grade work. The only downside is when they move on.”

Paul Franklin, GCS Apprentice Line Manager at HMRC

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