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Whether you’re a student ready to leave school, or a career-changer ready for new challenges, FCO Services will expand your horizons. You’ll get in‑house training, paid qualifications, a brilliant salary and benefits, all while you learn to provide vital services around the world, for government-level customers.

For candidates

Your world
just got

Bigger

Whether you’re a student ready to leave school, or a career-changer ready for new challenges, FCO Services will expand your horizons. You’ll get in‑house training, paid qualifications, a brilliant salary and benefits, all while you learn to provide vital services around the world, for government-level customers.

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Whether you’re a student ready to leave school, or a career-changer ready for new challenges, FCO Services will expand your horizons. You’ll get in‑house training, paid qualifications, a brilliant salary and benefits, all while you learn to provide vital services around the world, for government-level customers.

Who can apply?

Apprenticeships aren’t just for school leavers. You have to be at least 16 (or 18 for the IT programme), but otherwise, anyone of any age can apply, as long as you’ve got:

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British citizenship


Plus, you’ve been permanently resident in the UK for three of the last ten years.



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The right qualifications

We’ll specify more for some programmes, but most need a minimum of two GCSEs/O-Levels, or another equivalent, at grades 9-5 (A*- C) in Maths and English.



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Geniune passion for the area you choose

You don’t usually need relevant previous work experience, but we’ll want to see your interest in the business area.



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Who are FCO Services?

You might not have heard of us, but we’re involved in protecting the UK’s interests around the world. We work with government-level customers at home and overseas, to offer services including construction, digital solutions, communications, logistics and counter eavesdropping, all with the highest levels of security in mind.

What does that mean? Well, let’s take our key customer, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. They run the UK’s embassies worldwide – and we help construct, maintain and protect their buildings using sophisticated technology. We might renovate an embassy in Paris, or provide a high commission in Singapore with new secure servers. We could be making a building earthquake-proof, designing its CCTV network, or moving a nation’s electoral system to the Cloud.

That’s the kind of work we provide to government bodies every day – and you’ll be part of it as one of our new apprentices.

Finance


  • Level 7 Apprenticeship
  • 2-3 years depending on qualifications and experience

  • Starting salary: £22,000 per year
  • Based in Hanslope Park, Milton Keynes


Who can apply?

See our minimum requirements under Who can apply?– but we’d ideally also like you to have either business or accounting experience OR a Level 4 qualification in a related subject.

What will I do?

Through a series of placements in different teams, you’ll learn to audit, provide business advice, drive mergers and acquisitions, and ultimately make sure our organisation’s finances are responsible, ethical and sustainable. Plus, while you’re working, you’ll also be supported to study towards assessments to gain professional Accountancy and Taxation qualifications.

What impact will I have?

You’ll be acting in the public interest. We work with government bodies, so you’ll be helping ensure that we provide the best value and quality for taxpayers as we protect people, information and assets around the world.

What qualifications will I get?


  • Accountancy and Taxation Professional Apprenticeship
  • Professional Qualification with CIMA (the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)
  • Chartered status with CIMA, when you’ve reached the right level of experience

What will my salary be?

Your starting salary will be £22,000 plus £1,000 location allowance, with an annual 10% increment subject to satisfactory completion of each year. If you’re offered a permanent position on completion of the apprenticeship programme, the final salary would be in the region of £33,128 plus £1,000 location allowance.

What could I do next?


At the end of your programme, we’ll do our best to find you a permanent position in our Finance team – and you could even apply for membership with UK professional bodies.


Accounting


  • Level 2 Apprenticeship
  • 15 months

  • Starting salary: £15,110 per year
  • Based in Hanslope Park, Milton Keynes

Who can apply?

See our minimum requirements under Who can apply?

What will I do?

Mentored by a business manager, you’ll get your first taste of Accounting and of the transactions you could get involved in. Working with a range of teams, you’ll get hands-on training in how to set up, send and pay invoices; how to maintain our ledger; how to administer credit cards and expenses across the organisation, and more. And while you work, you’ll study too, with one day a week at college to gain foundation Accounting qualifications that will open up your future.

What impact will I have?

From Accounts Payable to Accounts Receivable, Billing to Expenses, you’ll be making sure our customers receive prompt and accurate invoicing. And since those customers are global government bodies, you’ll be doing work that really counts, for taxpayers everywhere.

What qualifications will I get?


Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Accounting, from AAT (the Associate of Accounting Technicians)


What will my salary be?

Your starting salary will be £15,110 plus £1,000 location allowance, with an annual 10% increment subject to satisfactory completion of each year. If you’re offered a permanent position on completion of the apprenticeship programme, the final salary would be in the region of £18,887 plus £1,000 location allowance.

What could I do next?


At the end of your programme, we’ll do our best to find you a permanent position – most likely as a Transactional Support Officer in one of the teams you’ve worked with.


Business Administration

  • Level 3 Apprenticeship
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18 months

  • Starting salary: £15,554 per year
  • Based mostly in Hanslope Park, Milton Keynes, with some time in London

Who can apply?

See our minimum requirements under Who can apply?

What will I do?

You’ll take on placements in two different areas. The first is our Chief of Staff Office, where you’ll help support our CEO and directors, learning how to do everything from managing the CEO’s correspondence to proposing improvements to office technology, even shadowing the CEO at high-level meetings. Then there’s our Corporate Capability Programme within the Business Development team, where you’ll help engage worldwide teams and stakeholders in improving our services for Diplomats overseas. Whether it’s event health and safety compliance, regional strategy consultations, or working with the Marketing, Customer Experience and Commercial teams, you’ll be learning new skills, gaining a strong sense of our whole organisation, and providing administrative support that makes our teams more efficient than ever before. Plus, at the same time, you’ll be supported by your Talent Coach as you work towards your Business Administration Apprenticeship qualification.


What impact will I have?

With projects happening all over the world, it’s vital that we maintain an efficient business for our customers. Whether you’re supporting our executive team or our Corporate Capability Programme, you’ll be helping ensure a smooth-running operation: a diverse team on a mission to protect people, information and assets everywhere.

What qualifications will I get?


Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship


What will my salary be?

Your starting salary will be £15,554 plus £1,000 location allowance, with an annual 10% increment subject to satisfactory completion of each year. If offered a permanent position on completion of the apprenticeship programme, the final salary would be in the region of £22,220 plus £1,000 location allowance.

What could I do next?


At the end of your programme, we’ll do our best to find you a permanent position – most likely within a team you’ve worked with. That could mean a role in Account Management, Business Analysis, Marketing, Business Planning, or even becoming a Business Administrator in the Chief of Staff Office.

Technical Engineering

  • Level 3 Apprenticeship
  • Three years 

  • Starting salary: £13,332 per year
  • Based in Hanslope Park, Milton Keynes

Who can apply?

For this programme, as well as British citizenship and a passion for the subject, you’ll need a minimum four GCSEs/O-Levels, or equivalent, at grades 9-5 (A*-C) including Maths, English and either Science or a related technical subject, like Engineering or Product Design.

What will I do?

Over the course of three years, you’ll balance academic study with practical work on a wide range of technology projects. In your first year, you’ll study for technical certificates at college, then during breaks, you’ll take on work with our engineering teams in electronic security. You could be working on CCTV systems or intruder detection, digital radio or counter-eavesdropping systems, and you’ll learn how we design, install and maintain it all for our government-level customers both within the UK and around the world. Then in your second and third year, you’ll take on in-house courses and begin a programme of placements with engineers around the organisation – with a good chance you’ll travel to our sites overseas.


What impact will I have?

Whether it’s preventing intruders to a government building, providing an embassy with backup communications in case of emergencies, or designing CCTV for secure government sites, your work will mean governments can continue to run smoothly around the world, protecting people everywhere.

What qualifications will I get?


  • Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) NVQ Level 2
  • Installation & Commissioning NVQ Level 3
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Engineering


What will my salary be?

Your starting salary will be £13,332 plus £1,000 location allowance, with an annual 10% increment subject to satisfactory completion of each year. If you’re offered a permanent position on completion of the apprenticeship programme, the final salary would be in the region of £22,220 plus £1,000 location allowance.

What could I do next?


At the end of your programme, we’ll do our best to find you a permanent position, which could be in any number of intriguing areas – including our Technical Services Centre; the National Authority for Counter-Eavesdropping; our Innovation and Design centre; or even working for up to four years overseas as a Secure Technical Services Officer.

Information Technology

  • Level 3 Apprenticeship
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18 months 

  • Starting salary: £15,554 per year
  • Based in Hanslope Park, Milton Keynes

Who can apply?

For this programme, as well as having British citizenship and a passion for the subject, you need to be at least 18, with a minimum five GCSEs/O-Levels, or equivalent, at grades 9-5 (A*-C) including Maths and English. Ideally, one of them should also be in Computing or a related subject.

What will I do?

In this fascinating 18-month programme, you’ll help us deliver secure IT and mobile projects worldwide. You’ll learn how we protect against electronic and cyber attacks. How we make sure government-level customers’ data and assets are safe at all times. And you’ll even study towards career-launching IT and Microsoft Technology Associate qualifications while you work. 


What impact will I have?

Because of the customers we work with, the data and the assets you’re protecting are of critical importance. The servers you secure might house a nation’s passport applications, its electoral systems, or government communications that can’t be intercepted. You’ll learn how to keep it all safe, working to the highest security classifications – helping people all over the world in the process.

What qualifications will I get?


Infrastructure Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship, including:

  • Microsoft Technology Associate: Networking Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Technology Associate: Mobility and Devices Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Technology Associate: Cloud Fundamentals
  • British Computer Society (The Chartered Institute for IT) Level 3 Award in Business Processes
  • British Computer Society (The Chartered Institute for IT) Level 3 Award in Scripting, Coding and Logic


What will my salary be?

Your starting salary will be £15,554 plus £1,000 location allowance, with a 10% increment subject to satisfactory completion of the first 12 months. If you’re offered a permanent position on completion of the apprenticeship programme, the final salary would be in the region of £22,220 plus £1,000 location allowance.

What could I do next?


At the end of your programme, you’ve got plenty of options to keep developing your skills. We’ll do our best to find you a permanent position with us – whether it’s in our ICT Service Operations team, supporting global customers’ systems and online services, or in our IT Cyber Security and National Authority for Counter-Eavesdropping (NACE) teams, protecting customers from cyber attacks. And if you want to, there’s space to keep growing too, working towards roles like Technical Architect and Network Engineer. 


Procurement

  • Level 4 Apprenticeship
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24 months 

  • Starting salary: £15,554 per year
  • Based in Hanslope Park, Milton Keynes

Who can apply?

For this programme, as well as British Citizenship and a passion for the subject, you’ll need a minimum four GCSEs/O-Levels, or equivalent, at grades 9-5 (A*-C) including Maths and English.

What will I do?

During this 24-month apprenticeship, you’ll build all the skills and knowledge you need to start a unique career in Procurement. It’s a role where you’ll help us source the goods and services that will enable projects from construction to digital; logistics to counter-eavesdropping. You could be hunting down quality construction materials. Getting to grips with compliance issues when sourcing electrical materials. Establishing relationships with global secure recycling plants. It’s a richly varied role, with plenty of practical experience – and at the same time, you’ll be putting it all into academic context as you study for your diploma in Procurement and Supply. 


What impact will I have?

We work on projects that protect the UK’s interests around the world. We build, renovate and repair embassies. We make governments safe from cyber attack. Whatever we do, it has to be done to the highest possible standards of quality and safety. And doing that means providing our own teams with the best possible materials and services to do their job. That’s where you’ll come in, and the skills you learn will help us all provide the best possible service.

What qualifications will I get?


Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply


What will my salary be?

Your starting salary will be £15,554 plus £1,000 location allowance, with an annual 10% increment subject to satisfactory completion of each year. If you’re offered a permanent position on completion of the apprenticeship programme, the final salary would be in the region of £22,220 plus £1,000 location allowance.

What could I do next?


At the end of your programme, we’ll do our best to help you find a permanent position with us, for example as an Assistant Category Manager within our Procurement team. From there, you’ll have plenty of room to grow and keep stretching your skills, finding your niche among our vast range of projects and sectors.

Logistics

  • Level 2 Apprenticeship
  • 
15 months 

  • Starting salary: £15,110 per year
  • Based in Hanslope Park, Milton Keynes

Who can apply?

See our minimum requirements under Who can apply?

What will I do?

Welcome to 15 months packed with experience. You’ll be learning how to take deliveries, check for damaged and missing items, store goods, pick and pack orders for shipment round the world, load goods for dispatch, and maintain stock records. As the apprenticeship scheme progresses you’ll learn logistics planning skills and even have the opportunity for some travel abroad to deliver logistics solutions. Plus, you’ll learn to operate the machinery and vehicles that enable the warehouse team to deal with deliveries of all shapes and sizes. It’s a lot of hands-on experience – but you’ll have plenty of training too, with structured learning modules throughout your apprenticeship. Then, with all that experience under your belt, you’ll then gain your final qualification in logistics. 


What impact will I have?

Our business provides secure services to government-level customers all over the world. All that work has to be delivered to strict deadlines: if construction materials don’t arrive at an embassy on time, for instance, then the joinery team waiting there won’t be able to get started, and it could disrupt work within the building. Everything has to arrive in perfect condition and to a tight schedule – and the warehouse team, with your help, are the ones who’ll ensure that happens.

What qualifications will I get?


Level 2 Logistics Apprenticeship



What will my salary be?

Your starting salary will be £15,110 plus £1,000 location allowance, with an annual 10% increment subject to satisfactory completion of each year. If you’re offered a permanent position on completion of the apprenticeship programme, the final salary would be in the region of £18,887 plus £1,000 location allowance.

What could I do next?


At the end of your programme, we’ll do our best to help you find a permanent position with us, within the Logistics team in Secure Global Services. There, you’ll be able to find your niche across our skillsets, and look to what you could achieve next.

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Benefits


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Competitive salary:
£13,332 to £22,000



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Debt-free paid qualifications



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In-house training facilities



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Possibility of global travel




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Civil Service pension




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Potential full-time job on completion




Culture and diversity

You’ll be part of a much wider world here – and we’re not just talking about the work you’ll do across continents. You’re joining a vast range of colleagues of different skills, backgrounds, religions, cultures and identities; a diverse team who protect a diverse world. Here are just some of the ways we support each and every member of the team:

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Disability Confident employer status
  • Trained Mental Health First Aiders
  • Trained Stonewall LGBT Straight Allies
  • Diversity and inclusion internal training
  • Diversity events and awareness campaigns
  • Membership to Employers for Carers
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Application tips

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Tell us about your passion for the area.

Most of our programmes don’t ask for prior work experience, but we want people who’ll be keen to learn. What interests you about the field you’re applying to?


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Be yourself.

We’re not expecting experts or a particular kind of candidate. Be honest, be your whole self, and tell us what you’re good at and why you want to work at FCO Services.

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Get someone to check your application.

Even if you think what you’ve written is perfect, a fresh pair of eyes – be it a friend or a family member – will always help you spot the mistakes you might have missed.


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Remember you’re welcome here.


As long as you meet the basic eligibility criteria – see Who are our apprenticeships for? – then these programmes are open to you, no matter your age or background.

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