PS apprentices soughtA new apprenticeship has been launched in the United Kingdom to allow talented school leavers to bypass university and head straight for a career in government service.
Minister for Cabinet Office, Francis Maude said the Public Service was looking to recruit 100 candidates aged 18 to 21 for a two-year training program that would start in September.
Mr Maude said the Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme would allow the Government to recruit bright school leavers who did not want to go on to higher education.
“We are working to reform the civil service, building on its strengths while addressing its weaknesses,” Mr Maude said.
He said like any big organisation, the success of the public sector depended on its staff and it already had one of the most popular graduate schemes in the country.
“But we are in a global race and we need to attract more of the best talent, including those who have chosen not to pursue higher education,” he said.
“This new Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme will provide high-quality opportunities for 100 young people, in addition to those available through the existing graduate Fast Stream.”
The announcement comes after plans were unveiled last year to increase entry to top professions, such as law, through apprenticeships.
Head of the Civil Service, Sir Bob Kerslake said the latest workforce survey showed 89 per cent of Public Servants were interested in what they did.
“Our graduate Fast Stream program is consistently ranked in the Times Top 100 graduate employers and our ambition is for this civil service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme to have the same credibility and status,” Sir Bob said.
“Indeed, the scheme would place the civil service amongst the best in the private sector.”
He said he was committed to giving more young people a chance to work at the heart of government and to receive first class training.
“Just because someone hasn’t been to university doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have a bright career ahead of them,” Sir Bob said.
Belfast, 7 January 2013
Edition 344, 15 January 2013