Government to take on apprentices in 2013


Maude announced the new scheme

The government has announced that 100 civil service apprenticeships will be available to school leavers aged 18-21. Recruitment will begin in April, for a two year programme beginning in September 2013. The plan is to increase the number of apprenticeship positions available to 500 a year to meet the same figure as the current fast-track graduate scheme.

The apprenticeships will secure full time employment on completion of a two year probation period. A spokesman said: “The¬†apprenticeships¬†will be advertised as permanent opportunities to join the Civil Service and, subject to satisfactory performance they are guaranteed to be a civil servant once it is over.”

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said: “We are working to reform the civil service, building on its strengths while addressing its weaknesses. Like any big organisation, the success of the civil service depends on its staff. It already employs some of Britain’s best and brightest and we have one of the most popular graduate schemes. But we are in a global race and we need to attract more of the best talent, including those who have chosen not to pursue higher education.”