Apprentice Training & Development Administrator

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Closing date: 27 Feb 2018

Reference number



£16,684 - £16,684


Administrative Officer

Contract type


Length of employment

18 months with a possibility of permanency

Business area

Other - Finance and Corporate Services

Type of role

Administration / Corporate Support

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



Number of posts



Bristol, South West, BS5 0DA

About the job

Job description

Do you want expert training, a chance to earn while you learn, and a lifetime of possibilities?

This is an exciting opportunity to start your career at DVSA as one of our apprentices, where you will get more than just an education; you will gain skills that can set you up for life.

We invest a lot in our apprentices because we want you to be the future of our business.

Role responsibilities

You will be providing administrative support to the Training and Development (T&D) Team across a number of T&D products and services, whilst working towards a Level 3 in Business Administration.
Your duties will include:

• administering training applications, ensuring correct procedures are followed

• raising purchase orders and processing payments

• booking trainers, venues, food, accommodation and equipment

• arrange meetings, send invitations, developing agendas and ensuring attendees have the required paperwork

• acting as the first line of contact for all T&D enquiries

For more information please see the attached Role Profile.

The successful candidate will be working towards a Level 3 in Business Administration.

The post is offered on a Fixed Term contract for 18 months with a possibility of permanency.

About you

You will be well organised and have good written communication skills, and be committed to your own development and independent learning. To be eligible to apply, you must have at least 3 GCSE’s at grade D or above, including in Maths and English.

About us

The work that we do is important as it affects everyone in Great Britain.
We are responsible for improving road safety and setting the standards for driving and compliance. We ensure that the general public understand and follow these standards through education, testing and when required enforcement action.

By joining us you will be working for an employer who makes a real difference to road safety across Great Britain.
We can proudly announce that the Department for Transport has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017.

DfT’s inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we’ve made to raise the number of women in senior positions.


You must have at least 3 GCSE's at grade D or above, including in Maths and English.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Besides the rewarding nature of the job itself, the benefits that come with it are excellent. The package includes generous leave entitlement, attractive pension options, flexible working and other policies to enable a good work/life balance, including beneficial childcare arrangements. You'll also benefit from our commitment to nurturing and developing talent.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

You should use the Civil Service Competency Framework, referring to the relevant competency definitions for the grade advertised. The Indicators listed on the attached document have been identified as most appropriate; please ensure that the evidence in your application meets the requirements of the role.

To comply with a recent government change, the Department for Transport has adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.
When considering how your experience relates to the role, please tailor your CV and Personal Statement to reflect the role and the competencies/and indicators described in the job advert.

If invited to interview, this may consist of a range of question types. These could include questions about your strengths or how you would respond in any particular situation as well as specific examples of things you have done.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

For further information on this vacancy please contact

Sift/interview dates and location

The sift is due to take place 01/03/2018.

Interviews/assessments are likely to be held between 14/03/2018 and 21/03/2018 at Berkley House, Croydon Street, Bristol, BS5 0DA.

Whilst we will endeavour to meet the dates set out in the advert there may be occasions when these dates will change. Those candidates invited to assessment will be provided with sufficient notice of confirmed dates.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a security check may be carried out.

Further information

Please see attached candidate notes.

A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made. If appropriate, your application form and selection information may be shared with additional vacancy holders across the Department and its Agencies.

Please note that this post is only available to non-graduates.

Reasonable adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.
If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

• Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs

• Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact

Government Recruitment Services via email:

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission at

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