Cyber Security Apprenticeship - Level 4

Cabinet Office

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 17th May 2021


Reference number



London: £27,500 National: £23,850


Executive Officer

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

2 years

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time

Number of posts



Andover, Birmingham, Bristol, Wyton nr Cambridge, Corsham, Coventry, Hastings, Leeds, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Reading, Sheffield, Shipley (Moving to Leeds), Telford

About the job


It is an exciting time to join government cyber security. The government holds huge quantities of sensitive data, public money and personal information, enabling it to provide services relied on by millions of citizens and thousands of businesses across the UK. We face a range of challenges: organised crime, hacktivists, terrorists, foreign intelligence services and rogue individuals.

These attacks can cause economic damage, erode public trust in online services and do real harm to our citizens, their property and their privacy. Cyber attacks are now a daily reality.

We are looking to appoint a number of Cyber Security Apprentices to work within departmental security teams.

Job description

This is an excellent opportunity to join an innovative programme whilst earning a salary. As a Cyber Security apprentice working in a rapidly-growing sector you will have the chance to develop your skills and become a cyber-professional of tomorrow!

These are exciting, challenging and stimulating jobs in some of the key Government Departments and Agencies managing digital networks and information security risks, impacting on all aspects of life in the UK. Cyber Security is the security of these networks and information that they hold; you will have a significant role in managing risk and mitigating threats to national security. Excellent on-the-job experience and training will enable you to develop the advanced technical skills needed to prevent cybercrime, decrypt data, clarifying and resolving malware issues. The apprenticeship will also help you build a foundation level of knowledge in critical areas of Cyber Security, setting you up for a successful and rewarding career.

Below are some examples of areas of cyber security that you could be placed into:

• Security Architecture
• Cyber Risk
• Cyber Operations
• Pen Testing

The Apprenticeship

This is a two year programme which will not only see you complete a Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist Higher Apprenticeship but will also enable you to:

• Learn the fundamental skills you need to begin your career as a security professional.
• Develop the knowledge and skills required, such as incident response, risk management and digital forensics, to equip you to be a future Cyber Security specialist.
• Tackle topics such as ethical hacking, cyber security fundamentals, threats and vulnerabilities.
• Gain invaluable experience by learning challenging theory and immediately applying this on-the-job.
• Be supported by experienced mentors and managers who will guide you through your apprenticeship.

To support your development, the programme takes a work-related approach in which you will develop in-depth knowledge and understanding. You will be able to apply technical skills and behaviours in cyber security within government. Your learning, personal and professional development will be facilitated through a structured programme, supported by a range of learning, classroom and work based learning experiences.


During the apprenticeship some of the responsibilities you may have will be to:

• Contribute towards the team identifying any risks associated with taking specific technical actions.
• Provide security risk advice, guidance and support to the business.
• Provide Technical Security input into business projects and programmes to ensure early understanding of security assurance processes and obligations
• Provide technical input into business change documentation and processes
• Contribute technical input as part of the organisations security monitoring and detection analysis regime
• Lead small monitoring teams in the design, development and enablement of automated monitoring processes.
• Provide support to the team in dealing with organisations response to an incident including carrying out mitigating actions by liaising with operational teams and applying security policies.
• Carry out digital forensics.
• Carry out open source intelligence and contribute work investigating cyber security intelligence including collaborative working with Security Operations Centre
• Support the business deliver cryptography and encryption and look to expand knowledge of emerging concepts and trends to ensure appropriate management systems are applied.
• Support the creation and delivery of documentation required to support Cyber Security activities applying the ISO27001 Information Security Standard wherever appropriate.
• Assist with department security education and awareness.

Entry Requirements

You need to have:

• GCSE Maths and English at Grade A*-C (4-9) or equivalent;


• A-Levels containing Software/Computing;
• or a Level 3 apprenticeship in a similar subject;
• or an International Baccalaureate at Level 3 in ICT;
• or a BTEC Extended Diploma in IT (180 credits).


• A minimum of 12 months full time experience working in an IT support role e.g. IT Help Desk, First line support.

Applicants without formal qualifications but who can demonstrate equivalent practical experience will be considered. This will be tested during selection. Examples of this are:
• Learned how to code in a language and built a few web or standalone applications. You would need to describe what you have done and provide evidence such as links to your code/GitHub
• Setup and configured Raspberry Pi or Arduino projects for different use cases
• Participation in unaided coding challenges where you have demonstrated competency in programming and solved practical problems
• Setting up Internet of Things (IOT) environments for various use cases
• Setup several pieces of hardware e.g. building PC systems or creating a physical routed network

You must not already have a qualification in a similar subject at the same or higher level than this apprenticeship.

Eligibility Requirements
• You hold a current United Kingdom (UK) Passport, and NI number
• You will not be in full-time education by October 2021.
• You will be 18 by October 2021

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Please enter your full qualifications here.
  • What interests you about the Government Security Function Cyber Security Apprenticeship?
  • How will you ensure that you are motivated on a daily basis and keep track of your performance?


• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Experience and Technical skills.
To apply for these posts, you will need to complete the online application form no later than 17th May 2021 at 23:55.
The application process will include:

1. After submitting your basic details, you will be invited to complete two tests, The Civil Service Numerical Test and The Civil Service Verbal Reasoning Test. Please ensure you complete the online tests as early as possible so that you give yourself time to prepare and submit the statements before the closing date/time. Please note there may not be technical support after 3pm on the closing date (Monday 17th May).

2. If you pass the required tests you will be asked to complete the full application. This will consist of entering your full qualification details, answering two statements, of no more than 250 words per statement, (500 words total) explaining your motivation for applying for these roles.

3. If you do not hold higher qualifications (you must hold GCSE qualifications as a minimum) you will be asked to demonstrate your equivalent practical experience. You will be be asked to provide a 250 word statement evidencing your Technical IT Skills, as detailed in the eligibility requirements of this pack (page 7).

4. A panel will then sift your application. Please note an initial sift will be conducted on qualifications or equivalent practical experience. If you do not pass this initial sift you will be unsuccessful based on eligibility. Your application will be assessed using the Civil Service Success Profiles recruitment framework. For more information on Success Profiles click here.

5. Successful candidates will be invited to attend an online interview. You will be asked to record your answers to a series of questions. This will be subsequently evaluated by an assessor.

6. If you pass the above stages, you will then be invited to complete the final online assessments including an interview. The assessments reflect some of the key elements of the apprenticeship role and full details will be made available to you in advance if you are shortlisted. Please email to advise of any reasonable adjustments.

You will be expected to complete our Diversity questionnaire at the end of your application. This is strictly for monitoring purposes and will NOT be considered as part of your application.

A small number of roles will be based in Milton Keynes with a lower salary.

· Year 1: £18,124 + £1,750 location allowance (£19,874)

· Year 2: £19,364 + £1,750 location allowance (£21,114)

· On successful completion and transition to permanent role: £24,806 + £1,750 location allowance (£26,556)


Successful candidates will be vetted to Security Check (SC). Some roles may require a higher level of vetting (DV) once in post.

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.

Criminal Record Check
If successful and transferring from another Government Department, a criminal record check maybe carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstance some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

Childcare Vouchers
Any move to the hiring department will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You will however have access to the governments Tax Free Childcare scheme.

Internal Fraud Database Check
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.

Loan and Fixed Term Appointments
Existing Civil Servants and applicants from accredited NDPBs are eligible to apply, but will only be considered on loan basis (Civil Servants) or secondment (accredited NDPBs). Prior agreement to be released on a loan basis must be obtained before commencing the application process. In the case of Civil Servants, the terms of the loan will be agreed between the home and host department and the Civil Servant. This includes grade on return.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, selecting the most suitable applicants free from bias on factors such as age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, social mobility, ethnicity or religion.

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: Click here to visit Civil Service Commission

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the ‘Contact point for applicants’ section.

We are closely monitoring the situation with regard to Coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly for any updates from us as this is how we will communicate with you.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

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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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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