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The Government Economic Service Degree Apprenticeship Programme (GESDAP)

Employer
Government Economic Service
Location
birmingham, bristol, darlington, fareham, leeds, liverpool, london, manchester, newcastle-upon-tyne, newport
Salary
£22,450 minimum (London based), £20,042 minimum salary (national)
Closing date
14 Feb 2022

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Specialism
Finance
Sector
Banking & Financial Services
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
September
Duration
24 months+
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Job Details

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 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 £20,042) and studying for a degree in economics with the University of Kent, without the usually associated student debt.

Be the spark. Be the change. Be an economist.

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.

Key Facts

Locations: Nationwide

Number of roles: 60

Start date: September 2022

Scheme duration: 4 years

Fees: No fees

Award: BSc (Hons) Economics (Professional Economist)

Awarding body: University of Kent

Salary: £22,450 minimum (London based), £20,042 minimum salary (national)

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 the opportunity to fulfil their potential

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

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements:

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

Nationality requirements:

  • You need to have the right to work in the UK.
  • Resided in the UK for at least the previous 3 years before the start of the apprenticeship
  • We do not offer sponsorship for this programme.
  • Meet the Civil Service Nationality Rules.

Location of roles

Apprentices will work in central government departments and agencies in:

  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Darlington
  • Fareham
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Newport

Applications Process:

Step 1: Registration

To begin your application, you can apply through Civil Service Jobs.​

Step 2: Online tests

You may be required to complete three online tests: verbal, situational judgement and numerical tests. You will move from one test to the other only if you meet the minimum requirement at the completion of each stage. You will need access to a laptop/desktop computer.

Step 3: Personal statement

If you have met the minimum requirements of the online tests, you will be invited to complete a personal statement of no more than 1000 words.

Your statement should include the following:

  • Why you are interested in the apprenticeship;
  • How you are planning to balance work and study;
  • How you are planning to keep yourself motivated and keep track of your performance.

If you are successful at both the online tests and the personal statement sift, you will receive an outcome by the end of March/beginning of April 2022 and will be invited to the assessment centre.

Step 4: Sift

If successful at Online tests, you will be sifted on your personal statement.

If you are sifted through, you will then be invited to take a written assignment. This should take no longer than an hour. You will be given further information for the day by the recruitment team.

Step 5: Two-stage assessment centre

Candidates passing the technical application sift stage will be taken invited to an assessment day, with assessments taking place virtually. The assessment is split into two parts: written assignment and interview.

Written assessment

If you are sifted through, you will then be invited to take a written assignment. This should take no longer than an hour. You will be given further information for the day by the recruitment team.

Interview and presentation

We will evaluate your suitability for the job through a combination of tasks and activities, such as an interview and case studies. Our recruitment team will send you more information regarding the assessment centre.

If you are successful, you will be offered a place on the apprenticeship subject to obtaining satisfactory grades, references and passing security checks. 
 
Additional guidance will be given before each stage of the process.

Click the links above to review our job advert and candidate pack for further guidance on the GES Degree Apprentice programme website.

Company

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The Government Economic Service (GES)  is the professional body for economists in the UK civil service. Since its foundation in 1964, GES economists have been involved in decision making across government based on analysis and evidence, in order to make meaningful change to the lives of UK citizens.

The Civil Service helps keep the UK prosperous and secure, supporting the government in implementing their commitments and delivering high-quality services for the public.

The Government Economic Service Degree Apprenticeship Programme (GES-DAP) is relevant to all central government departments and agencies. Many are already committed to recruiting apprentices through the programme, including HMRC, HM Treasury, Department for Work and Pensions, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Home Office, Department for Education, and the Department for Transport.

We employ over 420,000 people from across the UK. Our core values are integrity, honesty, impartiality and objectivity, and we are committed to recruiting people from a range of different backgrounds.

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.

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.

Shape your future. Make a Change.

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