Government Communications Apprenticeship

Cabinet Office

With a GCS Apprenticeship you will learn the skills needed to begin an exciting career in communications or marketing by delivering cutting-edge work for a government organisation. You will gain valuable work experience by completing work in internal communications, digital and social media campaigns management and strategic engagement.

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Closing date: 05 Mar 2017

Apprenticeship summary

Annual wage

£20,188.00

Working week

Monday – Friday 9 – 5.30pm

Total hours per week: 42.00

(the hours are based on the candidate being over 18)

Apprenticeship duration

18 months

Possible start date

01 Oct 2017

Date posted

16 Feb 2017

Apprenticeship level

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

Reference number

VAC001172773

Positions

23 available

A Government Communications apprenticeship will develop your knowledge, skills and understanding needed to begin an exciting career in communications or marketing.

Our 18-month apprenticeship combines work in one or more teams across government communications with academic study.

You will gain valuable work experience in communications specialisms, these could include: internal communications, digital and social media campaigns management and strategic engagement.

 

Valuable work experience

During your apprenticeship you will be placed in a government department or public body and will be doing challenging work, you could be:  

  • Organising key events and visits;
  • Using digital and social media to interest and engage people;
  • Creating government campaigns to encourage community participation;
  • Researching and analysing the needs of a variety of audiences;
  • Keeping communications knowledge share information up to date.

 

Qualification

As well as gaining valuable work experience you will study towards a Level 3 NVQ Certificate/Diploma in Marketing, completing a wide range of mandatory and optional modules in:

  • Developing marketing plans, improving personal performance and working with colleagues in a government environment;
  • Designing, implementing and evaluating marketing strategies;
  • Using bespoke, presentation and website software;
  • Managing budgets, making effective decisions and chairing meetings.

You will also complete tailored internal training programmes to prepare you for a future carer in government communications.

Do you have what it takes?

We need people who are:

  • Excited by news stories and current affairs;
  • Digitally-savvy:
  • Excellent communicators;
  • Outstanding team players
  • Organised, creative and intuitive;
  • Passionate about learning and self-improvement;
  • Flexible and happy to work under-pressure

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • Well organised
  • Digital-savvy
  • Excellent communicators

Personal qualities

  • Professional
  • Excited by news stories and current affairs;
  • Self-starter
  • Outstanding team players
  • Organised, creative and intuitive;
  • Passionate about learning and self-improvement;
  • Flexible and happy to work under-pressure.

Qualifications required

5 x GCSE’s including English at grades A*-C or equivalent and preferably ICT. The equivalent of 2 A levels achieved by September 2017, preferably including a communications related subject (e.g. English Literature or English Language)

Future prospects

The apprenticeship scheme aims to give you the knowledge, 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.

Things to consider

Additional information: We are In the process of developing the PR and Communications Standard for approval, when approved this will replace the Marketing framework. Successful candidates will be offered the apprenticeship that is in use at the time of their apprenticeship starting. From 1st October 2016 The National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices is £3.40 per hour. From April 2017 this rises to £3.50 per hour. This applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. For all other apprentices the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age applies. The Minimum Wage for Apprentices applies to time spent on the job plus time spent training. Security checks will be undertaken by the employer upon offer

About the employer

The Government Communications Service (GCS) is behind many of the stories and headlines you read about, as the professional body for people working in communications roles across government. We deliver world-class communications work and campaigns across issues that matter for the UK.

Employer

Cabinet Office

Address

70 Whitehall

London

SW1A 2AS

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Training provider

The apprenticeship programme will consist of:

  • A fully embedded induction programme delivered by the employer and Outsource
  • Allocation of an Outsource assessor who will carry out regular assessment, mentoring and support visits
  • Off the job training at one of Outsource’s training centres
  • On the job training delivered by the employer
  • Quarterly formal progress review meetings with the Outsource assessor and employer

The apprenticeship will consist of the following elements:

  • National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) – This part of the qualification is assessed on the job through observations of performance, professional discussions, product evidence, professional discussions and Q&A sessions to judge job competency
  • Knowledge and Understanding – This part of the qualification is to ensure all the teaching and learning through on the job development and off the job training is retained and demonstrated through performance in your job role
  • Functional Skills – This part of the programme provides those apprentices who have not achieved GCSE’s in English and Maths the opportunity to gain a qualification in English, Mathematics and ICT. Those candidates that have achieved GCSE’s in these subjects may be exempt from taking functional skills
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)

Apprenticeship framework

Marketing

Training provider

Outsource Training Development

Applications for this apprenticeship are being processed by Outsource Training and Development

Contact

Recruitment Team 08455 199455

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Closing date: 05 Mar 2017