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What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships offer you the chance to earn while you learn – that means you are employed but are given time during the working week to work with a training provider to achieve a vocational qualification that will help you to do your job.

Apprenticeships are individually tailored to your needs, so as well as your vocational qualification, your training provider and employer will work with you to develop a bespoke training plan which will make sure you have all the skills you need to progress in your career. This could include essential skills in Maths, English and ICT and/or specialist skills that are required in your chosen career.

Apprenticeships normally take between two and four years to complete and we will cover the cost of your apprenticeship training.


Why would I want to be a Civil Service apprentice?

We employ around 23,000 people and are made up of nine government departments with the common goal of providing first class public services which will improve the lives of people here.


As a Civil Service Apprentice you will have access to:

  • A defined career pathway in your chosen profession;
  • A workplace mentor who will support you for the duration of your apprenticeship;
  • A supportive line manager who will provide you with opportunities to put your training into practice in the workplace, which will help you to build your portfolio for your qualification;
  • Support to progress in your career including a range of training and development opportunities to help you progress both professionally and personally;
  • A range of services to support your health and wellbeing, including mental health; and
  • A wide range of policies that are diverse and inclusive to ensure that you can be who you truly are in the workplace.

In addition, we have great terms and conditions, including:

  • An annual leave allowance of 25 days, increasing to 30 days after fiveyears plus 12 days public and privilege holidays;
  • Flexi time schemes operate in most of our offices subject to business need. These offer flexibility around working times, usually between the hours of 8am and 6pm; and
  • An attractive pension package. More details can be found at finance-ni.gov.uk/civilservicepensions-ni.

On successful completion of your apprenticeship, i.e., if you achieve the qualification within the timeframe set out in your letter of offer and your performance, conduct and attendance is satisfactory, then you will be promoted to a permanent role.


More information on NICS apprenticeships