In this 21-month apprenticeship, you will provide high quality administration services to assist in the smooth running of departments within the FCO, while completing a Diploma in Business Administration. This level 4 programme is equivalent to the first year of a higher education degree.
You will spend a minimum of 20% of your paid hours on off-the-job apprenticeship-related training and assignments, covering topics such as negotiation, recommending business improvements, and project management. Throughout the programme, you will have ongoing support from your Apprenticeship Trainer and your FCO Line Manager. You’ll also have access to a mentor, who can offer additional guidance.
Our roles offer a variety of tasks and might include co-organising events, planning and overseeing operational activities, budget management, engaging and influencing stakeholders, identifying risks and solutions, written communications and parliamentary correspondence, assessing casework in accordance with legislation to deadlines (e.g. Freedom of Information Act requests) and identifying improvements to streamline processes.
We are not recruiting for a specific departmental vacancy. Instead, we will place you based on business need and on your skills and experience.
You’re a motivated multitasker with strong organisation, communication and interpersonal skills. You’ll show initiative and a flexible, analytical approach to your work. You think quickly – especially when your priorities and tasks quickly change.
As a minimum, you’ll need five GCSEs (including English and Maths) at Grade 5/C or above and two A levels at Grades A – D. This apprenticeship is not open to Business Administration or Business Management graduates.
You must be a British Citizen at the time of application. You must also have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least the previous three years by 31 December 2019.
Satisfactory Security Check clearance, with Developed Vetting security clearance being undertaken during the apprenticeship, is a condition of employment.