Friday 18 May 2018
To celebrate our first cohort of GCS Apprentices completing the GCS Apprenticeship scheme, the GCS organised a graduation ceremony for Cohort 1 GCS apprentices at Admiralty House, 11 May
The event was attended by line managers, apprentices and their families. The ceremony included speeches from Alex Aiken, Executive Director of Government Communications; Selvin Brown, Director of Engagement and Policy Division, HSE and line managers and apprentices on the scheme, who spoke about their experiences over the past 18 months. Apprentices were also presented with their certificates by Leonié Austin, Director of Communications, NHSBT.
Our first Cohort had 18 apprentices placed in nine departments and agencies across the GCS, based in London, Bootle and Newcastle. Apprentices have completed a Level 3 NVQ in Marketing, and 13 of the cohort have gone on to secure permanent roles in the GCS, some on promotion at AIO and IO level. As the first ever cohort of GCS apprentices to complete the scheme, they have set a precedent for future cohorts to follow and excel in their footsteps.
The GCS Apprenticeship scheme is a communications specific apprenticeship, which aims to bring in school leavers to the GCS at AO grade. Apprentices work, and receive on and off the job training to complete an NVQ qualification, gaining job experience across different communications disciplines, such as communications strategy, insight, digital and social media. Lasting 18 months, the apprenticeship is aimed at all levels, ages and academic backgrounds. Hear from some of our Cohort 1 GCS apprentices below:
“I have learnt so much on this apprenticeship. Without the opportunities I have been given, I wouldn’t be in the fortunate position that I am today.” Samantha Merrett, Ministry of Defence
“One of my most memorable experiences was working with Alex Aiken on creating the online museum for the celebration of 100 years of Government communications. It gave me the exposure to work with senior civil servants which was really interesting – I definitely learned a lot.” Bonnie Melton, Cabinet Office
To find out more, visit the GCS Apprenticeships page. Congratulations to all our Cohort 1 GCS Apprentices!