Business Administration Higher Apprenticeship - 2017 start

Civil Service Resourcing
27 Sep 2016
27 Oct 2017
Start Date
24 months+

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.

What you’ll do

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.

Your role could include:

  • work coach at the Department for Work and Pensions
  • paralegal officer at the Crown Prosecution Service
  • corporate support officer
  • HR officer
  • policy adviser
  • diary manager
  • project and programme support officer

Where you’ll work

In 2016, the business apprenticeship scheme will be running in the following locations:

  • Airdrie/Motherwell/Hamilton
  • Bathgate
  • Birmingham
  • Blackpool
  • Bradford
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Coventry
  • Darlington
  • East Kilbride
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Hastings
  • Leeds / Sheffield
  • Liverpool/Bootle/Netherton
  • London
  • Manchester/Salford
  • Newcastle
  • Nottingham
  • Shipley
  • Southend
  • Springburn/Newlands/Govan
  • St Austell
  • Stockport
  • Telford
  • Torquay
  • Warrington
  • Worthing

Depending on the location you choose, you could be working in the following government departments or agencies:

  • Home Office
  • Department for Health
  • Cabinet Office
  • Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
  • Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Her Majesty’s Treasury
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Department for Energy and Climate Change
  • Department for Work and Pensions

What we’re looking for

We want people with good skills in communication, problem-solving and organisation. You’ll also develop these skills throughout the apprenticeship.

We’re looking for apprentices who:

  • have a real interest in the way an organisation operates
  • have a desire to help the organisation achieve its objectives as effectively as possible
  • recognise how the work they do contributes to providing a vital service to the public
  • are keen to reflect on their performance, and learn and improve
  • support others in their workplace to do the same


You must have 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.)

You’ll also need to check you meet the general requirements of eligibility, such as age, nationality and residency.

After the apprenticeship

Because of the diversity and breadth of the business apprenticeship scheme, there are many different and varied career pathways for business apprentices.

You may decide to specialise in a particular profession, such as Policy, Human Resources, Operational Delivery or Corporate Support. Some business apprentices have gone on to gain further professional accreditation in these areas, or moved to different roles in other departments to develop their expertise. Many apprentices achieve promotion within their departments, and some move on to other departmental talent schemes to further accelerate their careers.

Once you’ve successfully completed your apprenticeship, you’ll be eligible to apply without a degree for the Fast Stream. This is the Civil Service’s prestigious graduate development programme which prepares participants for leadership roles within the organisation.

Applications open between February and March 2017 but click apply to register your interest now.