Great local opportunity – Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme

By April 15, 2016Guest Blogger

What is a fantastic Fast Track apprenticeship?

Key points on Fast Track

  • The Civil Service Fast Track is a two-year programme which allows you to build on your talents and which provides a real alternative to university.
  • Throughout the scheme apprentices gain valuable real-life work experience, a Level 4 Apprenticeship and a springboard into a Civil Service Career.
  • You will be working alongside other apprentices and existing civil servants to meet some of the most exciting challenges facing Britain today.
  • Some of the main benefits are the opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives in the UK, great career development opportunities and flexible working hours.
  • Starting salaries range from £19,000-£27,000. Wage varies depending on location and department.
  • There are roles available in England, Wales and Scotland.
  • Locations where roles are available are as follows: Airdrie/Motherwell/Hamilton, Andover, Bathgate, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Corsham, Croydon, Coventry, Darlington, East Kilbride, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hastings, High Wycombe, Leeds/Sheffield, Liverpool/Bootle/Netherton, London, Manchester/ Salford, Newcastle, Newport, Norwich, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Reading, Shipley, Southend, Springburn/Newlands/ Govan, St Austell, Stockport, Telford, Torquay, Warrington, Worthing

What is the Civil Service?

The Civil Service helps the government of the day develop and implement its policies as effectively as possible. Through those policies, services are delivered directly to people all over the country, in areas such as:

  • Health
  • Education
  • Public Safety
  • Housing
  • Border Control

We work in just about every town and city in the Britain. Our diverse workforce of civil servants is made up of people from many backgrounds and professions, there really is no such thing as a typical civil servant.

What are the five different Fast Track Apprenticeship schemes available?

The apprenticeship covers five areas you can work in:


  • Business roles are at the core of the work the Civil Service does and the business apprenticeship scheme offers a wide variety of posts across the organisation.
  • You’ll be working within an exciting and fast-paced environment and have the opportunity to develop valuable skills in organisation, planning and problem-solving. Teamwork and collaboration are essential in all business areas. Often the role of a business apprentice is to support this collaboration and help bring teams together. For example, you could be organising meetings or managing communications. A significant number of the business apprentice roles are also dynamic and customer-facing.


  • The commercial apprenticeship is an opportunity to develop the specialist skills that are increasingly recognised by employers as the most valuable across all sectors. These skills are especially important in the public sector – the government spends £240 billion every year, which is a huge budget to be responsible for.
  • Commercial professionals work on some of the most challenging and interesting projects in government. There’s an incredible range of experience available in the different posts, from procuring prisons for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to buying battleships in the Ministry of Defence (MoD). You’ll receive plenty of support as you develop your abilities and build your professional networks.

Digital and Technology:

  • The cross-sector demand for skills in digital and technology have never been greater and the Fast Track apprenticeship offers an excellent opportunity to earn a good salary while you learn these valuable skills.
  • As government increasingly embraces new digital methods and platforms in order to transform the services it provides to the public, there has never been a more exciting time to get involved in technology within the Civil Service. The skills you’ll learn on the scheme will set you up for a rewarding career either in or outside the Civil Service.


  • The finance scheme is a structured, bespoke, level-4 apprenticeship programme. As a finance apprentice you’ll gain invaluable experience and skills and set strong foundations for the rest of your career.
  • The programme also offers you a unique opportunity to make a difference, to contribute to strong financial management within government and to help make sure that we deliver value for money for the taxpayer.

Project Delivery:

  • The government is responsible for a diverse range of projects often on a very large scale and of great complexity. Project delivery apprentices have an unrivalled opportunity to learn the valuable skills and experience they’ll need to develop excellent careers in project management.
  • You’ll be working with experienced project delivery professionals from day one and have the opportunity to learn from their experience. You’ll work across a range of roles gathering some core skills which may include project reporting, project risk or project finance.

What happens at the end of the Fast Track Apprenticeship?

  • If you successfully complete the Fast Track Apprenticeship you will be offered a permanent role in the Civil Service.
  • You will have the opportunity to apply to the Civil Service Fast Stream – an accelerated leadership programme. The Fast Stream is a 3-4 year programme aimed at building the future leaders of the Civil Service.

When do applications open?

Applications are open from now until Monday 18 April.

For more information on the scheme please see:

What does the process look like?

If anyone asks about the process, please make it seem as straightforward as possible. Avoid using jargon around ‘competencies’, which will be alien to the majority of our target audience.

The application process is as follows:

  • Online registration
  • Online tests: Verbal reasoning, Numerical reasoning, Situational Judgement Test, Competency Questionnaire.
  • If successful at online tests, half-day assessment centre which involves an individual interview, group exercise and written exercise.
  • If the candidate has applied for Digital and Technology scheme, they will also have to complete an additional Digital Aptitude Assessment.


What are the eligibility criteria?

The programme is open to everyone aged 16 or older on 31 August 2016 who meets the general requirements.

To apply you must have at least 5 GCSEs, grades A* to C and including English language and maths, or equivalent. (Or you expect to have these qualifications by 31 August 2016.)

For some schemes you also need additional qualifications:

  • For theproject delivery scheme you must have 2 A levels at grade D or above, or equivalent, in addition to your GCSEs. (Or you expect to have these qualifications by 31 August 2016.)
  • For thedigital technology scheme you must have 2 A levels at grade C or above in a STEM subject, or equivalent, in addition to your GCSEs. (Or you expect to have these qualifications by 31 August 2016.) You can check which subjects qualify as STEM subjects.


Useful links


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