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Apprenticeships – for Parents and Teachers

In-house training. Paid, well-respected qualifications. A competitive salary. The chance to learn to provide vital services to governments around the world, with the benefits of a Civil Service career.  It’s all in store for apprentices at FCDO Services – so if you know someone who’s looking for their next challenge, it’s time to help them make their future bigger

Who are FCDO Services?

We’re a government organisation providing services to other UK and overseas government bodies. Our work includes construction, digital solutions, logistics, counter-eavesdropping, translation, and more, all delivered with high-level security. We build embassies. We design CCTV. We set up servers storing vital government data. We deliver packages across continents. And we pass on our extensive training to our apprentices.

To find out more, explore our About us page.

What’s on offer

You can find out about which programmes we offer on our main apprenticeship page, to see what might appeal to someone you know.


Why an apprenticeship over university?

If you know a driven person who’s keen to get to work right now, an apprenticeship at FCDO Services might be the best choice they ever make. Here’s why:

While our apprentices work, they study for academic and professional qualifications that help them stand out in the market.

On top of a competitive salary, we pay our apprentices’ tuition fees and membership fees for enrolment into professional bodies such as the IET.

Surrounded by apprentices and colleagues from all sorts of backgrounds and cultures, they’ll quickly make friends and feel welcome for who they are.

Most of our apprentices gain full-time positions at the end of the course, so there’s no post-university job search here.

Some of our apprentices will travel overseas with us, finding a broader global outlook, with our full support.

Our apprentices get stuck into work for government-level customers – so they’ll have something to be proud of, straightaway.

Our colleagues have the same benefits as employees across the Civil Service, including a strong pension and a generous holiday entitlement.

Gaining excellent experience and qualifications, there’s no limit to what they could do next – with the chance to climb through our organisation and have global impact.

Who can apply?

Apprentices have to be at least 16, but otherwise, anyone of any age can apply, as long as they’ve got:

They must be a British Citizen and free to remain and work in the UK. Plus, for the apprenticeships, there are two further residency criteria candidates must meet. Firstly, to satisfy government scheme access rules they must have been resident in the UK for the past three years at the start of the apprenticeship (usually the September of the year they’re applying). For security vetting purposes they also need to meet the relevant residency requirements for the security vetting level of the role. You can find out more about vetting on the apprenticeships’ how to apply page.

We’ll specify more for some programmes, but most need a minimum of two GCSEs/O-Levels, or another equivalent, at grades 9-4 (A*-C) including Maths and English. Please note that unfortunately, we can’t accept an application if the candidate already has a qualification at the same level in the same subject as the one offered by their chosen apprenticeship.

Candidates don’t usually need relevant previous work experience, but we’ll want to see a keen interest in learning about the business area.

What can I do next as a parent or teacher?

Show them the website

Share our website and the main Apprenticeships page and let them know the opportunities on offer here.

Look at our opportunities together

On the Apprenticeships page, you’ll find a list of the programmes we offered in 2021. Although applications are currently closed, you can still review them together and work out which one could suit them best.

Support their application

A fresh pair of eyes is always helpful: when they’ve finished their application, take a look for them and check for any mistakes. We want them to be themselves and be honest though, so don’t write it for them.

Our apprenticeships brochure

Take a look at our apprenticeships brochure, which brings together lots of handy information for future apprentices.