Apprenticeship in Human Resources - CPS Corporate Services - External
Please note this post will be based in Foss House, 1-2 Peasholme Green, Kings Pool, York YO1 7PX.
About the job
As a CPS Apprentice you'll work as an employee, alongside experienced members of staff, whilst learning through regular assessments in your workplace.
The Apprenticeship vacancy is for a 12 month period, involving a structured training programme, leading to a recognised NVQ qualification. The apprenticeship programme provides the opportunity to learn at a pace that is suitable to you while being supported by a mentor and your colleagues.
The Civil Service is aiming to ensure that its workforce reflects the society which we serve in all aspects of diversity.
While apprenticeships are available to anyone aged 16 or over, our apprenticeship scheme is mainly targeted towards young people aged 16 - 24. Please note that this does not disqualify you applying if you are aged 24 and over.
Please note that if you if you currently hold or are working towards a Business Admin Qualification at a grade of NVQ Level 2 or higher, or if you hold or are working towards a similar qualification of the same level, then you will not be eligible to apply for this vacancy. To be eligible for our apprenticeship vacancy any qualifications previously held or currently being worked towards must have been achieved in a different sector/subject in order to show personal progression.
If you are currently studying at university and/or are claiming funding for a degree you are not eligible to apply.
If you apply and are found to possess the above, your application will not be considered, any offer of employment will be withdrawn or your contract will be terminated.
For further information on how to apply, please see the Candidate Pack at the bottom of this page.
Please note excess fares will not apply.
Please note, if you are a current civil servant and you are currently undergoing any of the following formal actions your application will not be progressed any further:
Formal discipline action, any formal action regarding attendance, poor performance or any restriction of duties as a result of disciplinary action
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Changing and Improving
- Delivering at Pace
- Managing a Quality Service
Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
Candidates who are recommended by the selection panel but not appointed to the current vacancy will be placed on a waiting list for 12 months and may be offered another post should any further vacancies for an Apprenticeship in Human Resources arise in this Area during this period.
This is a full time post. However, requests for flexible, part-time working and job share will be considered, taking into account at all times the operational needs of the Department.
Please note if you are applying on transfer from another government department, any move across the Civil Service on or after 6 April 2018 may have implications on an employee's ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.
More information about the new Tax Free Childcare Scheme can be found on
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks .
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules .
If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles , and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Ability and Experience.
Personal Statement (using the text box provided online)
When making your online application, you will also be asked to complete a personal statement of no more than 1200 words answering the following questions:
1. Why have you applied for this Apprenticeship with the CPS?
2. What skills have you learned from school/college/work/social life that you feel are important in the workplace? (Please provide examples of the following, Communication, Planning and Organizing, Team work and Customer Service)
3. What IT programs do you use in your day to day life and what are the benefits?
In addition you will need to demonstrate the CPS or Civil Service Values.
Online Civil Service Verbal and Numerical Reasoning Tests.
After submission of your application you will be invited to complete online Verbal and Numerical Reasoning Tests. You must successfully complete the tests to progress to the next stage. Please complete the online test as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours is recommended), the closing date for the test is Midnight on 16 February 2019.
The test is taken online and we will send you an invitation and will provide full instructions on how to complete the test, for further guidance please refer to test guidance attached. Please note that the test cannot be taken on mobile phones or tablets.
Please refer to the Candidate Pack for further information as to the process and what is being tested at each stage.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here .
Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.
We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles .
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
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Contact point for applicants
If you have any queries please contact Nicholas Mallon on or .
Please note that the CPS Strategic Resourcing calling hours are Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sift/interview dates and location
The recruitment process will consist of an online application, on-line Verbal and Numerical Reasoning tests and an interview which will be held on either 04 or 05 March 2019 at Foss House, 1-2 Peasholme Green, Kings Pool, York YO1 7PX.
You should keep these dates free or notify us if you are not available. We will make every effort to accommodate you in your preference for dates; however we cannot guarantee that they will be met.
All successful applicants are required to undertake a DBS check, to speed up this process; on the day of your interview you will be required to provide 3 forms of ID.
If successful in obtaining an interview you will be asked to complete the Character Enquiry Form and Nationality and Immigration Questionnaire. (If you are an internal member of staff, you will not be required to undergo this DBS check as you will already hold this clearance)
Customer facing roles in the CPS require the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English and/or Welsh where required. Where this is an essential requirement this will be tested as part of the selection process.
From April 2018, the CPS will provide a Fair Processing Notice (FPN) to all new applicants after they have been successful at interview. These candidates will be informed that, as one aspect of pre-employment screening, their personal details - name, National Insurance Number and date of birth - will be checked against the Internal Fraud Database (IFD) and that anyone included on the IFD will be refused employment unless they can demonstrate exceptional circumstances.
The Strategic Resourcing team in the CPS will, on behalf of the vacancy holder, inform applicants when they are refused employment because of their inclusion in the IFD.
Feedback will not be provided until the vacancy is complete
If you are dissatisfied with the recruitment process and wish to make a complaint, please contact with your concerns.
If you remain dissatisfied and wish to make a further complaint, please click on the following link to the Civil Service Commissioners complaints page
Civil Service Commissioners Recruitment Principles can be found here -
Details of the Civil Service Nationality Rules are located at:
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements. For the most up-to-date information on the requirements of working in the UK, please go to the UK Visas and Immigration website: