The Government Economic Service Degree Apprenticeship Programme

14 Dec 2020
18 Jan 2021
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
24 months+

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The Government Economic Service Degree Apprenticeship Programme (GESDAP) is the UK’s first economics degree apprenticeship, we will give you the opportunity to gain valuable experience whilst receiving a tuition fee-free degree awarded by a TEF Gold university, The University of Kent.

The degree apprenticeship offers you the opportunity to work in a central government department or agency tackling some of the most important social, environmental and economic issues our country faces – all while earning a wage (circa £20,000) and studying for a degree in economics with the University of Kent, without the usually associated student debt.

Shape your future. Make a Change.

Consider applying if you wish to make a meaningful change to the lives of UK citizens and work alongside other change-makers across the country.

The University of Kent

The University of Kent was selected to deliver the programme because of the strength of their economics courses and the support they’ll offer to apprentices throughout the programme.

This will be delivered via blended learning, a mixture of distance and face-to-face learning, so there is no need to travel to university regularly. Once complete, you will have an apprenticeship, an economics degree, and the experience of four years’ working in the Civil Service – putting you in a brilliant position to progress your career from there.

Your studies will cover…

  • Microeconomics: how individuals and firms make decisions, interaction of supply and demand
  • Macroeconomics: how the economy works at a national and international level
  • Econometrics: the use of data to test theories and evaluate changes in government policies
  • Option for further study of areas such as environmental economics

The Role

The apprenticeship aims for a balance of 80% working time and 20% learning time, via both distance and face-to-face teaching.

If apprentices successfully achieve a 2:1 upon apprenticeship completion, they will be offered a permanent role within the GES, earning at least £27,000.

In the GES, learning and development is at the heart of what we do. You'll benefit from regular performance and development reviews with your line manager, as well as learning support from the University of Kent.

As a member of the GES you will develop:

  • Quantitative skills: manipulating and presenting data
  • Writing and presentation techniques: communicating economics clearly and succinctly to senior officials and ministers
  • Applied economics skills: using economic insights and techniques to inform decisions on anything from the environment to transport

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Join an inclusive and diverse working environment that is both friendly and supportive.

We actively support those with additional requirements during the selection process and in the workplace.

We always encourage those in the GES to feel comfortable to come to work as themselves. Both the University of Kent and the Civil Service offer comprehensive wellbeing support as well the opportunity to join many diversity networks and support groups.

As a Disability Confident Employer, the Civil Service is committed to providing an environment that is inclusive for all.

The Civil Service is committed to…

  • Challenging the attitudes towards disability
  • Increasing understanding of disability
  • Removing barriers to disabled people and with those with long-term health conditions
  • Ensuring disabled people have their opportunity to fulfil their potential

Key Facts

Applications open: 14th December 2020

Programme duration: 4 years

Delivery: Blended

Fees: No fees

Award: BSc Economics (Degree)

Awarding body: University of Kent

Entry Requirements

  • Have/expect to a minimum of five GCSE (including Maths at grade B (6) or above and English Language at C (4) or above)
  • Alternatively, an equivalent Minimum of 96 UCAS points under the 2017 tariff point system (e.g. CCC at A Level or equivalent qualifications, not including General Studies)


Apprentices will work in central government departments and agencies in London, Manchester, Sheffield, Darlington, Bristol, Nottingham, Leeds, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Liverpool and Newport.