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In-house training. Paid, well-respected qualifications. A competitive salary. The chance to learn to provide vital services to governments around the world, with the benefits of a Civil Service career. It’s all in store for apprentices at FCO Services – so if you know someone who’s looking for their next challenge, it’s time to help them make their world bigger.

Teachers and parents

Your world
just got

Bigger

In-house training. Paid, well-respected qualifications. A competitive salary. The chance to learn to provide vital services to governments around the world, with the benefits of a Civil Service career. It’s all in store for apprentices at FCO Services – so if you know someone who’s looking for their next challenge, it’s time to help them make their world bigger.

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In-house training. Paid, well-respected qualifications. A competitive salary. The chance to learn to provide vital services to governments around the world, with the benefits of a Civil Service career. It’s all in store for apprentices at FCO Services – so if you know someone who’s looking for their next challenge, it’s time to help them make their world bigger.

Who can apply?

Apprentices have to be at least 16 (or 18 for the IT programme), but otherwise, anyone of any age can apply, as long as they’ve got:

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British citizenship


Plus, they’ve lived here for three of the past 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) including Maths and English.


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Passion for their chosen area

Candidates don’t usually need relevant previous work experience, but we’ll want to see a keen interest in learning about 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 it’s the sort of work our apprentices will learn to master, from day one.

Why an apprenticeship over university?

University isn’t always the best option anymore. If you’ve got a driven young person who’s keen to get to work right now, an apprenticeship at FCO Services might be the best choice they ever make. Here’s why:

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Well-respected qualifications

While our apprentices work, they study for academic and professional qualifications that help them stand out in the market.

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No university fees

On top of a competitive salary, we pay our apprentices’ tuition fees and membership fees for enrolment into professional bodies such as the IET.

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A diverse, supportive cohort


Surrounded by apprentices and colleagues from all sorts of backgrounds and cultures, they’ll quickly make friends and feel welcome for who they are.


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A potential full-time job

Most of our apprentices gain full-time positions at the end of the course, so there’s no post-university job search here.

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Possibilities for world travel


Many of our apprentices will travel overseas with us, giving them a broader outlook – with their travel expenses paid too.


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Impressive practical experience

Our apprentices get stuck into work for government-level customers – so they’ll have something to be proud of, straightaway.

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The benefits of a Civil Service career


Our colleagues have the same benefits as employees across the Civil Service, including a strong pension, sick pay and a generous holiday entitlement.


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Brilliant prospects

Gaining excellent experience and qualifications, there’s no limit to what they could do next – with the chance to climb through our organisation and travel the world.

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What can I do next as a parent or teacher?



Show them the website

If they haven’t already seen it, share our website and let your young person know the opportunities on offer here.



Look at our opportunities together

On our main page, you’ll find a list of the programmes on offer and what each one involves. Have a chat and work out which one could suit them best.



Support their application

A fresh pair of eyes is always helpful: when they’ve finished their application, take a look for them and check for any mistakes. We want them to be themselves and be honest though, so don’t write it for them.