Level 7 Finance Apprenticeship HEO Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

We are seeking candidates with excellent literacy, numeracy and IT skills, who are highly motivated to provide high quality and accurate financial information while gaining the skills and experience to become a level 7 finance professional. Deliver financial excellence to help the FCDO improve and standardise processes.

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Closing date: 25 Sep 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    London based – The total package for this role at HEO is £33,621 per annum (non-negotiable). This figure includes a non-pensionable, non-consolidated Location Allowance of £2,000.

  • Working week

    You will normally work a 5-day week of 42 hours including a daily lunch break of one hour. Exact days and times to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 42

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

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jan 2024

  • Date posted

    30 Aug 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 7 (Master's degree)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Successful candidates will work in various finance roles and teams based in London and Milton Keynes.

FCDO departments will configure the roles to meet specific business needs, which might typically include:

  • Effective customer engagement and clear communications with key stakeholders, departments and posts.
  • Provide support, advice, financial expertise and management of resources to help deliver key objectives and meet the FCDO’s strategic priorities.  
  • Gather key financial data, produce reports, analysis and forecasts as well as preparing proposals for Management or Programme Boards to help deliver value for money.
  • Check, validate and aggregate financial plans, analysing issues, risks, troubleshooting problems and answering queries as they arise.
  • Deliver financial excellence to help the FCDO improve and standardise processes.  

Things you need to know

  • We will place you into your first role based on your skills, experience, interview and our business needs. The positions are in London and Milton Keynes but you may also occasionally have to visit our office in East Kilbride.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

We will enrol you onto a Level 7 Accounting or Taxation Professional Apprenticeship.

The typical duration for this Level 7 finance apprenticeship is 36-48 months and it will include training for a professional qualification (e.g. ACCA / CIMA).

The qualification will be made up of on the job learning at the FCDO and apprenticeship training.

You will spend a minimum of 6 hours per week of your paid hours on off-the-job apprenticeship related training and assignments over the planned duration of the training period (the practical period). The practical period is due to end at the gateway point before the end-point assessment.

Further details about this apprenticeship standard are available https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/accountancy-or-taxation-professional-v1-0

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

  • The FCDO reward offer includes a variety of learning and development opportunities, flexible working wherever possible and a range of employee benefits which can be seen in the benefits section.
  • Successful applicants will become part of a friendly and supportive team, where everyone is committed to diversity and encouraged to seek out development opportunities. These roles will provide access to a wide range of Learning and Development (L & D) opportunities to enhance and/or develop existing skills.
  • On successfully passing the apprenticeship, we will look to offer you a permanent contract and you will be expected to remain in our Finance Directorate for a further 18 months.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Organisation skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Team working, Planning skill, Microsoft 365, Outlook, Excel, Windows 10 and MS Team, Interpersonal skills


GCSE or equivalent 5 including English and Maths (Grade 4 and above) Essential
Other Full Degree (Grade 2:2 and above) Essential

Things to consider

Important: Successful applicants must be British citizens who have resided in the UK, the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland or Gibraltar for the last three consecutive years, by 31 December 2023. As these are apprenticeship roles, applicants who have already completed a level 7 finance apprenticeship are not eligible to apply.

About the employer

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office promotes the UK’s interests overseas and supports our citizens and businesses around the globe. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonwealth-development-office/about/recruitment


Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office


King Charles Street




FCDO Recruitment Team


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Training provider

To be confirmed

Apprenticeship standard

Accountancy or taxation professional

Level 7 (Master's degree)

Employer's Application Instructions

Application through Civil Service Jobs website. Details of application process can be found on the Candidate Pack attached to the Civil Service jobs advert.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 25 Sep 2023