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Apprenticeships – 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. Applications are now closed for 2020, but you can share our details with someone you know and help them prepare to apply in 2021.

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, explore our About us page.

What’s on offer

You can find out about which programmes we offer on our main apprenticeship page, to see what might appeal to your young person.


Why an apprenticeship over university?

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:

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

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

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

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

Many of our apprentices will travel overseas with us, finding a broader global outlook, with our full support.

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

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

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.

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:

They must be a British Citizen and free to remain and work in the UK. Plus, for the apprenticeships, there are two further residency criteria candidates must meet. Firstly, to satisfy government scheme access rules they must have been resident in the UK for the past three years at the start of the apprenticeship (usually the September of the year they’re applying). For security vetting purposes they also need to meet the relevant residency requirements for the security vetting level of the role – either Security Check (SC) or Developed Vetting (DV) – depending on the role. You’ll find out specifics for each programme here, and you’ll find out more about vetting on on the apprenticeships’ How to Apply page.

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. Please note that unfortunately, we can’t accept an application if the candidate already has a qualification at the same level in the same subject as the one offered by their chosen apprenticeship.

Candidates don’t usually need relevant previous work experience, but we’ll want to see a keen interest in learning about the business area.

What can I do next as a parent or teacher?

Show them the website

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

Look at our opportunities together

On the Apprenticeships 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.