Editorial

Civil Service wants digital youngsters to apply for Fast Track leadership roles

Applications have opened for 750 ‘Fast Track’ apprenticeships that put digital on the same footing as other key jobs like project delivery and finance

Posted 23 February 2017 by

Are you a young person with an interest in designing, building and running the digital and technology services transforming the lives of millions – or know one?

Then it may be time to step forward and take up one of the just-announced 750 apprenticeship places in central government, which features digital technology as one of the careers available, on the same par as business, finance, project delivery, and commercial Civil Service roles.

Even better, these just aren’t regular public sector jobs – they are on the Fast Track programme, the Civil Service’s prestigious graduate development programme which prepares participants for leadership roles within the organisation.

“The Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship programme is a fantastic opportunity for young people in this country with ambition, talent and enthusiasm to join one of the greatest organisations in the country, at what is a hugely exciting time to be a part of the Civil Service,” said Sir Jeremy Heywood, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service.

In terms of digital youngsters, the government says it’s looking for possible apprentices who are “creative, a good communicator, a problem solver who can use initiative, and [who] have an eye for detail”.

Possible roles include software developer, network engineer, business analyst and more, with the chance as it’s a two-year Level 4 higher apprenticeship, of a salary of between £19,500 and £27,000 (£22,000 minimum in London).

“Working alongside digital and technology professionals, you’ll learn a range of specialist skills that may include, coding, website development, extracting and understanding data, and presenting information in creative and interesting ways,” the government is promising.

“You will also develop your organisation and communication skills.”

The 2017 run of the government’s digital and technology apprenticeship scheme has places in a range of locations nationwide, from Birmingham to York.

“This is an exciting time to join us,” says the government, as digital is being used in the UK public sector in “transforming the way people interact with the government, making it simpler, clearer and faster – and, most importantly, focusing the services around the needs of the people using them”.

You will be involved in some of the most innovative e-government projects in the world, it concludes, echoing recent claims by GDS that the UK is seen as a genuine world leader in e-gov.

If you are interested or have a teenager in mind for the opportunity, go here, but don’t forget the deadline – April 3rd.

Good luck to all candidates – and great to see tech taken so seriously by our mandarins.