Degree Apprentice Economist
The GES has launched the UK’s first degree-level apprenticeship in economics – creating new routes to careers in the Civil Service for those who would prefer to study for a degree whilst gaining valuable experience, and without having to pay any student fees.
The Government Economic Service Degree Level Apprenticeship (GES-DAP) offers you a unique opportunity to work in a central government department or agency on some of the most important social, environmental and economic issues our country faces – whilst studying a degree in economics provided by the University of Kent.
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 your time on programme. 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 in your career from there.
To apply you’ll need to have or expected to achieve GCSE maths at grade B (6) or above, and at least 96 UCAS points (A level or BTEC). We also welcome applications from bright, enthusiastic applicants with other equivalent qualifications or previous experience.
A range of central government departments and agencies including HM Treasury, Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), Department for Business, Energy, Innovation and Science (BEIS), Department for Education (DfE) and Department for Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) will provide apprenticeship placements through the new programme – which will offer students a starting salary of about £22k in London and in excess of £20k nationally.
Once successfully complete, you will have a wide range of experience and skills that you have developed throughout the apprenticeship, an economics degree, and the guaranteed offer of a permanent job in the GES.
Applicants should demonstrate a passion for making change, but we don’t expect you to have your whole life figured out. Many of you won’t know where you want your career to go, which is why the GES-DAP is designed to help you figure that out. We don’t expect you to know everything about economics, that is what we are here to help with.
You'll be working in a team of economists and other analysts, who will be able to provide you with the advice and support to be able to do this, alongside your manager. Many government departments also offer a buddy scheme to make our economists feel well supported and encouraged.
About The Government Economic Service
The Government Economic Service 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. For government, economics is about decision-making based on analysis and evidence, in order to make meaningful change to the lives of UK citizens.
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