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Commercial Apprenticeship Route (Level 4) - London


Salary: London - £27,766 (uplifting to £34,708 following satisfactory completion of 12-months service) National - £24,587 (uplifting to £30,734 following satisfactory completion of 12-months service)

Contract: 24-month FTA initially, option to convert FTA appointment to permanent DfT position thereafter subject to successful completion of your apprenticeship and on-programme assessment

We recognise the challenges that people with (multiple) protected characteristics may experience in the job market. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities. We would also welcome applications from candidates from lower socio-economic backgrounds who are looking to take their first steps into the world of work and into learning.

Would you like the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst undertaking an exciting and stretching role, so you can earn whilst you learn?

Do you have the drive and ambition to apply that learning in a real business context so you can continue to develop and work towards your career goals?

If so, we have a unique and exciting opportunity for several apprentices to join the Department for Transport (DfT) and undertake a Level 4 Commercial or Professional Accounting Apprenticeship, and we’d love to hear from you!

Job description

The Department for Transport is an important component to the UK's infrastructure, as it is vital for economic growth and prosperity. Transport keeps Britain on the move whether that be the daily commute to work or supplying businesses up and down the country, without it, business sectors cannot function efficiently.

Joining us on our Commercial Apprenticeship Route (CAR), you will complete a commercially relevant apprenticeship alongside a nationally recognised Project Management qualification, whilst undertaking two stretching 18-month work placements. Each placement will give you the opportunity to develop your commercial skills, and put the learning from your apprenticeship in to practice in a live environment; working on key commercial projects across the Department. Upon successful completion of your apprenticeship you will undergo a short internal assessment during the course of your second placement which, if you pass, will enable you to convert your fixed term appointment into a permanent HEO position in the department.

The three-year programme will be packed with challenge and variety to equip you with the skills and knowledge to work in a variety of commercially-focused roles, and progress your career in the Department. You will get the opportunity to work in different placements where you could be dealing with £multi-million infrastructure projects such as HS2, HS3, Crossrail and Thameslink. It’s a unique opportunity to make a real and tangible impact on society through the delivery of significant commercial projects, while benefiting from the support of your apprenticeship provider and Talent Coach, senior commercial mentor and a ready-made network of fellow CAR apprentices.

If you are a driven and motivated individual who seeks a challenging and rewarding career within a commercially-focused role, then we will provide you with first class training, development and an opportunity to work on major and high-profile projects.

About the Commercial Apprenticeship Route

An apprenticeship is an exciting opportunity to ‘earn whilst you learn’ by combining theoretical learning with practical ‘on-the-job’ experience; allowing you to work towards a nationally recognised qualification, whilst building skills in a stretching role and earning a salary. An apprenticeship also allows you to secure a qualification with no tuition / student fees as the programme is fully funded by the department. You will spend 20% of your contracted working hours dedicated to your apprenticeship and will be surrounded by a supportive network. You will be allocated an apprentice buddy, a mentor and will have regular development conversations with a dedicated Talent Coach and the DfT Talent Team to ensure your learning needs are met and you are on track to successfully complete your apprenticeship.

As part of the programme, you will either study towards a Level 4 Commercial (including Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply qualification) or a Level 4 Professional Accounting (including Chartered Institute of Management Accountants qualification) apprenticeship. The apprenticeship will last approximately 18 months and allow you to work towards gaining one of the above qualifications, whilst putting your learning in to practice in a commercially-focused placement. For more information on the apprenticeship standards please visit here for Commercial and here for Professional Accounting .

During the course of the scheme, you will also complete Association for Project Management (APM), meaning you will graduate the programme with two highly relevant and recognisable qualifications to support you in your future, substantive role in DfT and any longer-term career aspirations you may have.

On successful completion of your apprenticeship, you will rotate in to another commercially focused role in a different part of DfT to allow you to gain breadth, as well as depth of knowledge, in a range of commercial areas. During the second placement, we will support you to continue your personal development and improve your leadership skills, preparing you for your commercially-focused career within DfT. You will also undertake an internal assessment process in your second placement prior to the 24-month mark which, if you successfully pass, will allow you to become a permanent DfT colleague.


What will you be doing?

The programme will run for three years and will include a diverse range of commercially based roles across the department, which may include; Rail Franchising, High Speed Rail, Complex Commercial Procurement, Major Contract Management, Commercial Policy Development and Project Financing.

We are looking to develop colleagues with specialist commercial knowledge and skills, as these are critical to the overall success of the Department and Civil Service. As you are applying for a programme with multiple placements, the duties and responsibilities for each placement will vary, but may include:

- Building contract management skills and playing a part in ensuring key services are delivered to the public;
- Working closely with policy to play a part in developing strategies which will have a wider impact on transport across the country, for example, reducing carbon emissions;
- Using appropriate project management tools to help manage risk and deliver improvements for passengers and the travelling public;
- Representing the Department at external stakeholder events;
- Providing commercial and financial advice to Ministers.

What will you need?

Candidates will need to have a passion for their own personal development and be prepared to commit to a three-year programme, and engage fully with the qualifications and development offered on-programme. We are looking for candidates with a genuine interest in a career in public service and working in a commercially-focused environment, who will work collaboratively with the programme administrators to take full advantage of the learning and networking opportunities provided. We will expect you to be highly numerate, demonstrate your ability to communicate and influence effectively, as well as showing your potential and desire to lead people; role-modelling positive leadership behaviours, both within your immediate cohort and as future programme alumni. We are also looking for candidates who are adaptable, flexible and able to thrive in a fast paced and varied work environment.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this programme, you will need to:

- Be at least 16-years old;
- Have the right to work in the UK;
- Have been a resident in the UK/EA/EEA continuously for 3-years before starting the apprenticeship;
- Have left full-time education when the apprenticeship starts;
- Not be in receipt of funding for other learning programmes (including another apprenticeship);
- Hold a Level 3 qualification (2 x A-Levels or equivalent) in addition to 5 GCSE’s including Maths and English at A*-C grades or equivalent. Please note that possession of certain qualifications may impact your eligibility for this opportunity – please see below for further information on this.

Individuals who hold or who are working towards a similar qualification of the same level or higher i.e. Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB or equivalent) or CIPS Level 4 will not be eligible to apply. Candidates who possess unrelated qualifications will be considered.

If you apply and are found to possess any of the above, your application will not be considered and any offer of employment will be withdrawn and your contract terminated. If you are unsure whether you will be eligible for this apprenticeship, please contact


By confirming 'yes' you are confirming that:
You hold a Level 3 qualification (2 x A-Levels or equivalent) in addition to 5 GCSE's including Maths and English at A*-C grades or equivalent and;
You do not hold a similar qualification of the same level or higher than the role you are applying for (Commercial Apprenticeship Level 4 or Professional Accounting Apprenticeship Level 4).


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together


Being part of our brilliant Civil Service means you will have access to a wide range of fantastic benefits. We offer generous annual leave, attractive pension options, flexible working, inclusive working environments and much more to support a healthy work/life balance.

Commercial Apprenticeship Route (Level 4) - London

London, UK
Higher Apprenticeship
£more than £25,000

Published on 8 Apr 2021

Deadline 2 May 2021

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