School leavers to join civil service on fast-track apprenticeship scheme
Bright school leavers will be able to become apprentice civil servants under a scheme launched on Monday by the Cabinet Office and civil service, which was reported in an article in the Guardian. The first 100 apprentices, aged 18 to 21, will be recruited in April, and will learn on the job in government departments from September 2013 for at least the next two years.
The Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude, said the apprenticeship scheme would help the civil service attract Britain's 'best talent'.
The head of the civil service, Sir Bob Kerslake, announced the plan to increase the number of places available to 500 a year, matching the fast-track scheme already in place for university graduates.
A department spokesman said the scheme would offer the chance of a permanent career. "The apprenticeships will be advertised as permanent opportunities to join the Civil Service and, subject to satisfactory performance they are guaranteed to be a civil servant once it is over," he said.