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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 great salary and benefits, all while you learn to provide vital services around the world, for government-level customers.
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I wanted to get to work out in the field – and here you get yo do that making an impact all over the world.
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Which apprenticeship is right for me?

If you’re not sure which programme would suit you, answer a few questions and we’ll help you find your ideal apprenticeship and even tell you more about our culture.

Programmes we offer

Below are the programmes we offered this year (subject to change in 2021):

  • Technical Engineering
  • Security Design Engineering
  • Logistics
  • IT
  • Finance
  • Data Analysis
  • Building Surveying
  • Building Services Engineering
  • Accounting

2020 applications are now closed

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For parents and teachers

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 are FCO Services?

We’re a government organisation providing services to other UK and overseas government bodies. Our work includes construction, digital solutions, logistics, counter-eavesdropping, translation, and more, all delivered with high-level security. We build embassies. We design CCTV. We set up servers storing vital government data. We deliver packages across continents. And we pass on our extensive training to our apprentices.

To find out more, visit our About us page.

Hear from our apprentices

We have trained Mental Health First Aiders who look out for us all and spot when people need support. There are people you can talk to, our Yellow Belts, who’ll help improve environments and processes for us.

Technical Engineering apprentice

You can come in as an apprentice here and talk to people who were apprentices themselves years ago, and they’re really high up the organisation now. People really want you to progress too.

Logistics apprenice

What I’ve found is, your team will be happy to let you get on with something if you feel you can do it, but the last thing they’re going to do is drop you in the deep end: they’ll always be patient and teach you.

IT apprentice

I always wanted to be a civil servant, and here I can get my professional accountancy qualification too. It’s a lovely environment to be in, and I get to be part of fascinating work that’s very socially relevant.

Finance Apprentice

You’ve got so much knowledge at hand. You’re sitting with senior colleagues a desk away, so if you’ve got any queries about work or about your studies, you can get a response pretty much instantly.

Building Surveying apprentice

You get great perspective through your course work – you’re studying with people in other roles in other organisations, so you all have different knowledge and different project experience to share.

Building Services Engineering apprentice

It’s a big step to go from school to such a vital company and such wide-reaching responsibilities – but it’s also such an incredible opportunity, learning all the engineering skills I’ll need.

Technical Engineering apprentice

Over time, as we learn more about the systems we’re designing, we’re making a real contribution to the team. You improve things, question things, and your input is valued by your colleagues.

Security Design Engineering apprentice

To get into accounting, you usually need a qualification just to get in the door. Here, you can start from nothing, get qualifications, get real work experience, and build your way from the ground up.

Accounting apprentice

I’m studying towards my CIMA qualification. That’s obviously something very valuable: being able to join a Chartered Accountancy body held huge appeal for me when I was looking into this apprenticeship.

Finance apprentice

I think for me, an apprenticeship like this one, balancing studies and real experience, was always the best option. I’m getting all these qualifications and I’m getting paid for it, so it was definitely a win-win.

Project management apprentice

I was a childminder while my own kids were small. Now that they’re a bit older, this seemed like a great way to start a new career, in a place where I’d have plenty of support and flexibility.

Former IT apprentice

Since my apprenticeship, I’ve been able to move around and take on new roles, all inside the business. You can move through departments and go on to become what you want to be here.

Former apprentice

I’d always had an interest in electronics, computing, making things. So although everything was going well for me in hospitality, I just really wanted to move into a career I was more interested in.

Former apprentice

Everyone you work with is willing to help you, and they’ve got that extra practical knowledge to lend you. University is very book-focused, but here you get first-hand experience from your colleagues.

Quantity Surveying apprentice

My first project of my own was organising delivery of four laptops to a government customer in Sierra Leone. It went really smoothly, thanks to all the training I’d had, and then it was just onto the next challenge, and the next.

Project Management apprentice

There’s a potential full-time job here on completion of your apprenticeship.

Every apprentice studies for debt-free paid qualifications, from foundation certificates to degrees and professional qualifications.

What are apprenticeship levels?

Employers talk about ‘levels’ of apprenticeship, and we wanted to tell you what those mean. It’s worth noting you don’t have to do every level – you could start at 2 or 5, or finish Level 4 and start Level 7. And of course, the qualification isn’t all you’ll get – you’ll also be working in a brilliant role with us while you study.

A Level 2 apprenticeship is equivalent to passing 5 GCSEs
A Level 3 apprenticeship is equivalent to passing 2 A-Levels
A Level 4 apprenticeship is equivalent to passing a foundation degree
Completing our Higher apprenticeships gives you a university degree at the end
A Level 7 apprenticeship means professional qualifications above degree level

All about the programmes

Below are the details of our 2020 programmes. Applications are now closed, and some programmes may change in 2021, but this may help you narrow down your interests:
  • Level 3 apprenticeship
  • Duration: 3-4 years
  • Starting salary: £14,592 per year plus £1,750 location allowance
  • Based at Hanslope Park, Milton Keynes
  • Candidates will need to undergo Security Check (SC) clearance before joining, and Developed Vetting (DV) clearance shortly after joining
  • Candidates will need to undergo a colour blindness test if you reach assessment centre stage, since distinguishing between different colours of electrical wire will be a critical part of your role

Who can apply?
Applicants need a minimum of four GCSES or equivalent, at grades 9-5 (A*-C) including English, Maths, and either Science or a related technical subject, like Engineering or Product Design.

You’ll also need to meet two different UK residency criteria: first, to satisfy government scheme access rules, you must have been resident in the UK for the last three years, measured from the first day of the apprenticeship (usually in September of the year you’re applying).

Second, for this programme, you’ll need to undergo Security Check (SC) vetting before you start, and go through Developed Vetting (DV) before the end of your apprenticeship. With that in mind, you’ll need to have been living in the UK for at least 2 of the last 5 years at the start of your apprenticeship, but 5 of the last 10 years by the time you reach DV vetting stage, which is likely to be 6-12 months into your apprenticeship. To find out more about vetting, see our Applying for an Apprenticeship page.

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 full-time for technical certificates at college, and during breaks, you’ll take on placements around the organisation. Then, at the end of that first year, you’ll return to us for a series of in-house practical skills courses, in everything from basic telephony to radio transmission principles.

Then it’s on to your second year, where you’ll really start to get into the practical side of your role, helping deliver projects in the UK and potentially overseas. You’ll take on placements with different technical teams, and learn from experts at every turn. All the while, you’ll also be working towards your Level 3 Development Competence qualification and documenting your projects as evidence towards that.

Finally, there’s your third year – by which point you’ll be moving towards being a fully-fledged professional. With our support, you’ll take on your End Point Assessment, and start to look at permanent positions here.

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?
Level 3 Technical Engineering apprenticeship, which includes:
– Foundation Competence qualification
– Development Competence qualification
– Development Knowledge qualification.

What will my salary be?
Your starting salary will be £14,592 plus £1,750 location allowance and we offer pay progression at key milestones during the apprenticeship. If you’re offered a permanent position on completion of the apprenticeship programme, the final salary would be in the region of £24,320 plus £1,750 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.

  • Degree apprenticeship
  • Duration: Up to five years
  • Starting salary: £18,611 per year plus £1,750 location allowance
  • Based at Hanslope Park, Milton Keynes
  • Candidates will need to undergo Security Check (SC) clearance before joining, and Developed Vetting (DV) clearance shortly after joining
  • Candidates will need to undergo a colour blindness test if you reach assessment centre stage, since distinguishing between different colours of electrical wire will be a critical part of your role

Who can apply?
Applicants need at least one of the following:

  • A minimum of three A Levels or equivalent, at grades BBB, including Maths and one other related STEM subject, e.g.
  • Physics, IT, Computing or Electronics
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM
  • An Access to HE qualifications with at least 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit, including 3 Distinctions in Maths and 3 Merits in Physics
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 128 UCAS points (or 320 UCAS points if gained pre-2017) which must include Maths or a Physical Science subject.

In addition, you’ll also need IT literacy and at least five GCSEs at least grade 5/C or above, including English Language and Maths.

You’ll also need to meet two different UK residency criteria: first, to satisfy government scheme access rules, you must have been resident in the UK for the last three years, measured from the first day of the apprenticeship (usually in September of the year you’re applying).

Second, for this programme, you’ll need to undergo Security Check (SC) vetting before you start, and go through Developed Vetting (DV) during your apprenticeship. With that in mind, you’ll need to have been living in the UK for at least 2 of the last 5 years at the start of your apprenticeship, but 5 of the last 10 years by the time you reach DV vetting stage, which is likely to be 6-12 months into your apprenticeship. To find out more about vetting, see our Applying for an Apprenticeship page.

What will I do?
All over the world, we use technical security systems to keep government sites secure. Whether it’s CCTV or access control systems, we design to the customer’s needs and with the highest levels of security in mind – protecting both colleagues and the public within these important government buildings. Over four years, you’ll learn to help us achieve that, working on live projects at home and overseas – and you’ll study for your Bachelors in Engineering (BEng) degree along the way too.

The programme is structured so that you’ll attend university throughout your apprenticeship, either in blocks or on day release over a five-year period. There, you’ll study towards your degree, with modules including areas like Engineering Principles; Electrical Machines and Power Electronics; and Digital Systems Design.

While you’re not studying, you’ll be working alongside professional engineers, surveyors and project managers, starting off supporting small projects and working up to delivering projects independently. You could be designing the security doors that grant access to an embassy’s server room, or designing the wiring for a whole compound’s CCTV. It’s all live work in support of government customers, and you’ll build your confidence rapidly, applying your degree studies to everything you do.

What impact will I have?
We work with government customers to make sure that their sites are secure and safe – that people can go about their daily lives safely within these embassies, high commissions, and government buildings, whether they’re colleagues or visiting members of the public. You’ll make sure that’s possible, by designing airtight technical systems to control site access, prevent intruders, and safeguard the people, data and assets inside every building we work on.

What qualifications will I get?
BEng degree in Security Design Engineering

What will my salary be?
Your starting salary will be £18,611 plus £1,750 location allowance and we offer pay progression at key milestones during the apprenticeship. If you’re offered a permanent position on completion of the apprenticeship programme, the final salary would be in the region of £31,018 plus £1,750 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, making your future prospects bright. That could include posts both in the UK and overseas, where you might specialise in anything from design to maintenance. We’ll also support you if you apply for membership to a professional body too, or to help you register with the Engineering Council.

  • Level 2 apprenticeship
  • Duration: 15 months
  • Starting salary: £16,160 per year plus £1,750 location allowance
  • Based at Hanslope Park, Milton Keynes
  • Candidates will need to undergo Security Check (SC) clearance before joining, and Developed Vetting (DV) clearance shortly after joining

Who can apply?
Applicants need a minimum of two GCSEs or equivalent, at grades 9-5 (A*-C) including English and Maths.

You’ll also need to meet two different UK residency criteria: first, to satisfy government scheme access rules, you must have been resident in the UK for the last three years, measured from the first day of the apprenticeship (usually in September of the year you’re applying).

Second, for this programme, you’ll need to undergo Security Check (SC) vetting before you start, and go through Developed Vetting (DV) before the end of your apprenticeship. With that in mind, you’ll need to have been living in the UK for at least 2 of the last 5 years at the start of your apprenticeship, but 5 of the last 10 years by the time you reach DV vetting stage, which is likely to be 6-12 months into your apprenticeship. To find out more about vetting, see our Applying for an Apprenticeship page.

What will I do?
Welcome to 15 months packed with experience. Learning the full breadth of what happens in the warehouse, you’ll train in a wide range of skills, which might include taking deliveries; checking for damaged and missing items; storing goods; picking and packing orders for shipment round the world; loading goods for dispatch; supporting the help-desk; bagging diplomatic mail; logistics planning, secure disposals. In rare cases, you might even travel overseas, supporting vital and complex shipments.

At the same time, you’ll also have nine structured learning sessions, either onsite or at the training provider’s premises. The content of those sessions will reflect what you’re learning within the team, giving you the theory behind the practical experience.

Then, by the end of the programme, you’ll be ready for your End Point Assessment. Split into two parts, it involves a Knowledge and Behaviours test, quizzing you on how you’d respond to real-life scenarios, then the Practical Assessment, where you’ll take on a varied list of everyday tasks and prove the range of skills you’ve developed.

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 £16,160 plus £1,750 location allowance and we offer pay progression at key milestones during the apprenticeship. If you’re offered a permanent position on completion of the apprenticeship programme, the final salary would be in the region of £20,200 plus £1,750 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.

  • Level 3 apprenticeship
  • Duration: 18 months
  • Starting salary: £17,024 per year plus £1,750 location allowance
  • Based at Hanslope Park, Milton Keynes
  • Candidates will need to undergo Security Check (SC) clearance before joining, and Developed Vetting (DV) clearance shortly after joining

Who can apply?
Applicants need a minimum of five GCSES or equivalent, at grades 9-5 (A*-C) including English, Maths, and ideally Computing or a related subject.

You’ll also need to meet two different UK residency criteria: first, to satisfy government scheme access rules, you must have been resident in the UK for the last three years, measured from the first day of the apprenticeship (usually in September of the year you’re applying).

Second, for this programme, you’ll need to undergo Security Check (SC) vetting before you start, and go through Developed Vetting (DV) before the end of your apprenticeship. With that in mind, you’ll need to have been living in the UK for at least 2 of the last 5 years at the start of your apprenticeship, but 5 of the last 10 years by the time you reach DV vetting stage, which is likely to be 6-12 months into your apprenticeship. To find out more about vetting, see our Applying for an Apprenticeship page.

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 a wide range of qualifications while you work.

It all starts with the first stage, where you’ll begin classroom knowledge modules with our training provider, studying modules from Coding and Logic to Networking Fundamentals.

Then, it’s on to joining your team at Hanslope Park, where you’ll spend 6-9 months working through a series of placements across our digital teams. There, you’ll be gaining a broad overview of what we do, and you’ll also be putting your classroom learning into practice. You’ll even return to the classroom later to take on more advanced modules, and begin applying those too.

Finally, you’ll take on your End Point Assessment, including a portfolio, a practical project, and an interview – all with our full support, naturally.

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?
Level 3 IT apprenticeship, which includes:
– British Computer Society (BCS) Level 3 Award in Networking and Architecture
– BCS Level 3 Award in Mobile and Operating Systems
– BCS Level 3 Award in Cloud Services
– BCS Level 3 Award in Coding and Logic
– BCS Level 3 Award in Business Processes

What will my salary be?
Your starting salary will be £17,024 plus £1,750 location allowance and we offer pay progression at key milestones during the apprenticeship. If you’re offered a permanent position on completion of the apprenticeship programme, the final salary would be in the region of £24,320 plus £1,750 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 GDT 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.

  • Level 7 apprenticeship
  • Duration: Up to 40 months depending on qualifications and experience
  • Starting salary: £17,369 per year plus £1,750 location allowance
  • Based at Hanslope Park, Milton Keynes
  • Candidates will need to undergo Security Check (SC) clearance before joining, and Developed Vetting (DV) clearance shortly after joining

Who can apply?
Applicants need a minimum of two GCSES or equivalent, at grades 9-5 (A*-C) including English and Maths, as well as business or accounting experience OR a Level 4 qualification in a related subject.

You’ll also need to meet two different UK residency criteria: first, to satisfy government scheme access rules, you must have been resident in the UK for the last three years, measured from the first day of the apprenticeship (usually in September of the year you’re applying).

Second, for this programme, you’ll need to undergo Security Check (SC) vetting before you start, and go through Developed Vetting (DV) just after you join. With that in mind, you’ll need to have been living in the UK for 5 of the last 10 years. To find out more about vetting, see our Applying for an Apprenticeship page.

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?
Please note: all salaries accurate for 2019 programme, and may change for the 2020 programme, though this gives an approximate guide.

Your starting salary will be £17,369 plus £1,750 location allowance and we offer pay progression at key milestones during the apprenticeship. If you’re offered a permanent position on completion of the apprenticeship programme, the final salary would be in the region of £28,948 plus £1,750 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.

  • Level 4 higher apprenticeship
  • Duration: 18-24 months
  • Starting salary: £16,646 per year plus £1,750 location allowance
  • Based at Hanslope Park, Milton Keynes
  • Candidates will undergo Security Check (SC) vetting

Who can apply?
Applicants need EITHER two A Levels (A*-C) or equivalent, including Maths or another numerate subject, OR a relevant Level 3 qualification. They’ll also need a minimum five GCSES or equivalent, at grades 9-5 (A*-C) including English and Maths. We’ll also look for confident communicators with a good base level in numerical and IT skills.

To satisfy government scheme access rules, you must have been resident in the UK for the last three years, measured from the first day of the apprenticeship (usually in September of the year you’re applying).

For this programme, you’ll need to undergo Security Check (SC) vetting before you start. To find out more about vetting, see our Applying for an Apprenticeship page.

What will I do?
You’ll be surprised by what you can learn in 18-24 months – which is just as well, because as a Data Analysis apprentice, you’ll be out to learn as much about our business as you possibly can. You’ll be learning how to take the data behind everything we do – our projects, our suppliers, our resources – and turn it into meaningful reporting and insight. You’ll learn to make packs of data that tell a story; concrete findings that senior leaders can base decisions on. You’ll pinpoint areas where data shows you we could make improvements and drive change. And above all, you’ll start a career full of promise, for you and for our organisation.

The programme is structured so that you’ll attend college throughout your apprenticeship, either in blocks or on day release. There, you’ll study towards your Level 4 Data Analysis apprenticeship. On other weekdays, you’ll take on rotations through our data teams.

On top of that though, you’ll also take part in vital shadowing opportunities around the organisation. Whether it’s learning how Procurement source the right suppliers, or learning how the Project Management team calculate budgets and timeframes, it’s all designed to give you context, understanding the people behind the data.

What impact will I have?
Data is a powerful thing. It tells the story of a whole organisation – where we’re meeting targets; where we’re not; how we can all work better together in future. It’s the kind of information that helps our leaders make positive change – and in your case, that means creating a more efficient, more driven service for our government customers. So, by pulling out those powerful insights, you’ll be helping drive an organisation that protects the UK’s interests all over the world, every day.

What qualifications will I get?
Level 4 Data Analysis apprenticeship

What will my salary be?
Your starting salary will be £16,646 plus £1,750 location allowance and we offer pay progression at key milestones during the apprenticeship. If you’re offered a permanent position on completion of the apprenticeship programme, the final salary would be in the region of £23,780 plus £1,750 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, making your future prospects bright. Your most likely starting point is as a Data Analyst in one of the teams you’ve worked with, and from there, you’ll find your niche and look to set yourself even bigger goals for your future progression.

  • Degree apprenticeship
  • Up to 51 months
  • Starting salary: £18,611 per year plus £5,000 location allowance
  • Based at King Charles Street, London
  • Candidates will need to undergo Security Check (SC) clearance before joining, and Developed Vetting (DV) clearance shortly after joining

Who can apply?

  • Applicants need at least one of the following:
    A minimum of three A Levels or equivalent, at grades BBB
  • A relevant Level 3 qualification worth 128 UCAS points (or 320 UCAS points if gained pre-2017)
  • A BTEC National Diploma DDM
  • An Access to HE qualification with at least 24 credits at Distinction and 21 at Merit

As well as any of the above, you’ll also need IT literacy and at least five GCSEs at grade 5-9 (A*-C) including Maths and English.

You’ll also need to meet two different UK residency criteria: first, to satisfy government scheme access rules, you must have been resident in the UK for the last three years, measured from the first day of the apprenticeship (usually in September of the year you’re applying).

Second, for this programme, you’ll need to undergo Security Check (SC) vetting before you start, and go through Developed Vetting (DV) before the end of your apprenticeship. With that in mind, you’ll need to have been living in the UK for at least 2 of the last 5 years at the start of your apprenticeship, but 5 of the last 10 years by the time you reach DV vetting stage, which is likely to be 6-12 months into your apprenticeship. To find out more about vetting, see our Applying for an Apprenticeship page.

What will I do?
How do new embassies get from planning to construction? What happens to plan for an extension to an 18th Century high commission? How are critical government buildings surveyed to make sure their structure stays sound? As a Building Surveying apprentice, you’ll travel all over the world to learn all that and more, working on live projects and studying for a BSc in Building Surveying.

The programme is structured so that you’ll attend university throughout your apprenticeship, either in blocks or on day release over a period of up to 51 months. There, you’ll study towards your degree, with modules including areas like Building Services and Environmental Science; Estate and Property Asset Management; and Theory of Architecture, Design and Conservation.

While you’re not studying, you’ll be working alongside professional engineers, surveyors and project managers, starting off supporting small projects and working up to delivering projects independently. You could be surveying the roof of an overseas embassy to check and plan for repairs, or you could be assisting in the feasibility survey for a new government building right here in the UK. It’s all live work in support of government customers, and you’ll build your confidence rapidly, applying your degree studies to everything you do.

What impact will I have?
At any given moment, we’re undertaking all kinds of construction and maintenance projects for government customers worldwide. You’ll be part of ensuring that that those projects are well-planned and well-designed, making the best possible use of the area – and you’ll make sure the finished buildings are well-maintained too. You’ll be learning best-practice in surveying, planning, architecture, design – and using it to support customers who protect the UK’s interests every day.

What qualifications will I get?
BSc degree in Building Surveying

What will my salary be?
Your starting salary will be £18,611 plus £5,000 location allowance and we offer pay progression at key milestones during the apprenticeship. If you’re offered a permanent position on completion of the apprenticeship programme, the final salary would be in the region of £31,018 plus £5,000 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, making your future prospects bright. That could include posts both in the UK and overseas, where you might specialise in anything from design to maintenance. We’ll also support you if you apply for membership to a professional body too, or to help you register with the Engineering Council.

  • Degree apprenticeship
  • Duration: Up to six years
  • Starting salary: £18,611 per year plus £5,000 location allowance
  • Based at King Charles Street, London
  • Candidates will need to undergo Security Check (SC) clearance before joining, and Developed Vetting (DV) clearance shortly after joining
  • Candidates will need to undergo a colour blindness test if you reach assessment centre stage, since distinguishing between different colours of electrical wire will be a critical part of your role

Who can apply?
Applicants need at least one of the following:

  • A minimum of three A Levels or equivalent, at grades A*-C including Maths and a Physical Science (either Physics or Chemistry) or related subjects
  • A Level 3 apprenticeship
  • A BTEC National Diploma in a relevant field

As well as either of those, you’ll also need at least a grade 5 or C in GCSE English and Maths or another equivalent.

You’ll also need to meet two different UK residency criteria: first, to satisfy government scheme access rules, you must have been resident in the UK for the last three years, measured from the first day of the apprenticeship (usually in September of the year you’re applying).

Second, for this programme, you’ll need to undergo Security Check (SC) vetting before you start, and go through Developed Vetting (DV) just after you join. With that in mind, you’ll need to have been living in the UK for 5 of the last 10 years. To find out more about vetting, see our Applying for an Apprenticeship page.

What will I do?
It’s time to broaden your horizons in ways you never expected. As a Building Services Engineering apprentices, not only will you study towards a Bachelors in Engineering (BEng) degree, you’ll also be embarking on training that sees you work on buildings and sites all over the world. All while you become a knowledgeable professional in your field.

The programme is structured so that you’ll attend university throughout your apprenticeship, on a day-release basis over a period of up to six years. There, you’ll study towards your degree, with modules including areas like Engineering Mathematics, Thermal Energy Systems, and Project and Business Management.

While you’re not studying, you’ll be working alongside professional engineers, surveyors and project managers, starting off supporting small projects and working up to delivering projects independently. You could be designing the utilities for an embassy’s new kitchen, or making sure a high commission’s air conditioning units can keep servers cool in 40°C+ heat. It’s all live work in support of government customers, and you’ll build your confidence rapidly, applying your degree studies to everything you do.

What impact will I have?
Every embassy and high commission we work on, every secure government site we help maintain, is a living, working space for colleagues and the public alike. Your work and your growing skillset will help make sure that these important buildings are fit for purpose and well-maintained. It means that, with help from you, government work can continue day-to-day around the world, protecting the UK’s interests.

What qualifications will I get?
BEng degree in Building Services Engineering

What will my salary be?
Your starting salary will be £18,611 plus £5,000 location allowance and we offer pay progression at key milestones during the apprenticeship. If you’re offered a permanent position on completion of the apprenticeship programme, the final salary would be in the region of £31,018 plus £5,000 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, making your future prospects bright. That could include posts both in the UK and overseas, where you might specialise in anything from design to maintenance. We’ll also support you if you apply for membership to a professional body too, or to help you register with the Engineering Council.

Applications close 31 March 2020.

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  • Level 2 apprenticeship
  • Duration: Up to 18 months
  • Starting salary: £14,140 per year plus £1,750 location allowance
  • Based in Hanslope Park, Milton Keynes
  • Candidates will undergo Security Check (SC) vetting

Who can apply?
Applicants need a minimum of two GCSES or equivalent, at grades 9-5 (A*-C) including English and Maths.

To satisfy government scheme access rules, you must have been resident in the UK for the last three years, measured from the first day of the apprenticeship (usually in September of the year you’re applying).

For this programme, you’ll need to undergo Security Check (SC) vetting before you start. To find out more about vetting, see our Applying for an Apprenticeship page.

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 £14,140 plus £1,750 location allowance and we offer pay progression at key milestones during the apprenticeship. If you’re offered a permanent position on completion of the apprenticeship programme, the final salary would be in the region of £20,200 plus £1,750 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.

Applying for an apprenticeship

Applications are closed for 2020, but with our guidance and tips from current apprentices, you can get prepared now for 2021.

You might or might not be thinking about this right now, but you’ll have a generous Civil Service pension, helping you plan your life out.

Some apprentices will get the chance to travel overseas – and if you’re interested, you can also pursue overseas positions after you finish your programme. Find out more

Your future progression

We want all our apprentices to succeed here, moving into permanent roles wherever possible. Here’s an example of how it went for one of our Technical Engineering apprentices – though it’s worth noting paths are different for different programmes.

Learning the ropes

“They really want you to learn here. We had space to play around with new systems, to get to know how they work. You’re there to take in and understand as much as you can, so that you can be valuable in the long-term.”

Becoming a professional

“During my programme, I spent some time manufacturing alarm system panels. I knew what I was making wasn’t just for fun – it would be boxed, deployed, and installed at an overseas government site. It’s practical and hands-on.”

Help to find a permanent role

“Immediately after my programme, I became an installation engineer. I was travelling the world on overseas trips for 4-6 weeks, installing security systems. I even progressed to become leader of the team.”

Hitting new heights

“From being team leader, I went on to an overseas posting for five years in Kenya. With a mixture of technical maintenance support and project management, I had responsibility for servicing ten different embassies in East Africa.”

Benefits

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Competitive salary

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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

Hear from a former apprentice

What could you get up to once your apprenticeship is done? On her profile page, you can watch a film made with one of our former apprentices; now part of the Technical Installation team.

Current Technical Installer

Case studies

Want to learn more about the work we do? Have a look at our case studies and explore the impact of our projects – and the diverse skills that come together to make it all happen.

Did you know?

This year, our Logistics team helped return the bell of the SS Mendi to South Africa.
The bell is a relic of one of the 20th Century’s worst maritime disasters, as well as being a historic symbol of race relations in South Africa. Its return was marked by a handover with the South African President and British Prime Minister.

Welcome to the virtual embassy

Ready to see the work you might do as an apprentice? If you’re interested in Technical Engineering or Logistics, you follow a guide through our embassy to see what you could do. For other areas, there won’t be a relevant guide, but you can take a look through the eyes of some of our other teams.

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