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About the job
Your unique perspective makes all the difference to the way we work
Our Care leavers paid internship is one way the Civil Service is showing our commitment to Care Leavers. In 2020 over 250 care leavers were offered an internship.
The roles are across the country and you will be providing support to a government department near you.
Placements are available in: Ashford, Bangor, Barnsley, Barry, Bath, Bedford, Belfast, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bootle, Brecon, Bristol, Bury St. Edmunds, Cambridge, Cardiff, Chester, Colchester, Coventry, Crewe, Croydon, Darlington, Daventry, Derbyshire, Dundee, Durham, East Kilbride, Edinburgh, Essex, Folkestone, Gateshead, Glasgow, Greenock, Grimsby, Halifax, Hartlepool, Haverfordwest, Hull, Huntingdon, Kingswood (Bristol), Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, LLandindrod Wells, Llanelli, London, London (Heathrow Airport), London (Luton Airport), London (Stansted Airport), Loughborough, Lymington, Macclesfield, Manchester, Merseyside, Merthyr, Middlesbrough, Neath, Newcastle, Newport, Northwood (Middlesex), Nottingham, Pembroke Dock, Peterlee, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Rugby, Scunthorpe, Sheffield, Solihull, South Shields, Stockport, Stockton-on-Tees, Stoke, St. Albans, St Austell, St Leonards-on-Sea, Sunderland, Titchfield, Torquay, Warrington, Watford, West Bromwich, Weston Super Mare, Weymouth, Wolverhampton, Wrexham, Yate (Bristol), York.
Tasks will vary depending on where you work and the grade to which you are assigned.
As an administrative officer you will be working in an administrative role within a team, with no Line Management responsibilities. You will usually work within a supportive team structure, under the direction of team leaders.
As an Executive Officer you will be involved in problem solving, business planning and policy making, at the very highest levels of government.
You’ll usually work within a supportive team structure, under the direction of relevant team leaders. You may also hold individual responsibility for pieces of work within a programme or project.
ResponsibilitiesA major part of the role will be computer-based tasks and will use your communication and organisational skills in your everyday work.
In the job you may be asked:
• To take your own initiative with minimal supervision, knowing when to seek help.
• To identify priorities, resolving issues.
• Support the team to secure the most effective outcome.
• Arrange meetings and book meeting rooms.
• Use multiple Microsoft applications.
Can I apply?
Are you aged between 18-30 (as of 31st December 2021)?
Were you eligible for a leaving care support package when you left care?
Do you satisfy the Civil Service Nationality requirements?
This means broadly the following groups will be able to work in posts within the Civil Service:
nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
nationals of the Republic of Ireland
nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
If you satisfy these criteria then you can apply.
No qualifications are required for this internship
You may be offered the option of an apprenticeship as part of your role and development depending on which department you are allocated to if successful.
How do I apply?
Apply online by clicking "Apply now" at the bottom of this page –
You will complete an online application form, which will ask you to provide a personal statement (500 words).
We will use this application to assess your skills for a job and invite successful applicants for an interview. Feedback will be given on your application.
Will there be an Interview?
If your written application is successful, you will be invited to a video interview where you will be asked questions by two or three people. The purpose of the interview is to assess your experience and suitability for the role and it will last about 30 minutes. Feedback will be given on your interview.
When will my internship start?
We expect the recruitment for this campaign to conclude in early December 2021, with start dates varying from early 2022 onwards. Successful candidates will be allocated to one of the participating departments and will then be subject to successful completion of pre-employment checks. We are unable to advise how long these checks will take and this will vary depending on the department to which you are allocated and the level of check required. Further information will be given to you once you have been allocated to a department. You will be required, if successful to provide relevant ID documents.
If we are unable to allocate successful candidates to a department immediately, we will hold your details on a reserve list and will do our utmost to find a suitable role for you. All appointments will be made in strict merit order.
Can I request to work for a specific department?
Candidates will be allocated to a role based on their location and the grade to which they have been deemed appointable. We will try, where possible to allocate roles based on the skills/experience identified by the interview panel however in some cases you may be allocated to a role based on location only.
It is not possible to request a placement directly with any of the participating departments however we will attempt to match skills/experience to departments where possible.
I have a question how do I contact you?
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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More information is in the candidate pack at the bottom of this page.
New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band relevant to their appointed department.
Terms & Conditions may vary across Government Departments and will be agreed prior to appointment.
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Selection process details
We ask you to provide a personal statement (500 words) telling us about your experience, why you think you meet the essential criteria and how you demonstrate the following skills:
• Using computer packages. E.g., Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
• Communicating with people. Speaking to them over the telephone, face to face and using written communication.
• Showcasing good organisational skills.
• Ability to prioritise workloads.
In order to meet the essential criteria, we’d recommend reviewing those listed above in the advert and providing an example covering each of them. You have the option to use 500 words and it's important that you do this to show the level of detail we need for the application. We would recommend providing detail, showing how you've met the points for example we asked about your use of Microsoft Word and Excel, you could tell us about times you’ve created a spreadsheet or drafted a letter or email. Using the STAR process will help achieve a structure
If you are successful at application stage, you will be invited to a video interview where we will assess you against the essential criteria listed above.
The purpose of the interview is to assess your suitability for the role. It will usually last about 30 minutes.
Candidates that have already been successful for a Civil Service Care Leavers Internship are not eligible for this scheme.
A minimum of BPSS Security Clearance is required. Additional vetting including DBS checks may be required across various Departments. The level of vetting will depend on which department you are allocated to and this will dictate the length of time the checks will take.
Terms and conditions of candidates transferring from ALBs and NDPBs.
1. Bodies that are not accredited by the Civil Service Commission and are not able to advertise on Civil Service jobs will be treated as external new starters and will come into DfE on modernised terms and conditions with a salary at the band minimum.
2. Bodies that are accredited by the Civil Service Commission but do not have civil service status will be offered modernised terms and will not have continuous service recognised for leave or sickness benefits. Salaries will be offered at band minima, but there is some flexibility where this would cause a detriment to the individual.
3. Bodies that are accredited by the Civil Service Commission and do have Civil Service status will be treated as OGD transfers. Staff appointed on lateral transfer will move on to pre-modernised DfE terms and staff appointed on promotion will move on to modernised DfE terms. Salaries will transfer over but be capped at the DfE band maximum.
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 Care Leavers Internship Team via email@example.com 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
Department for Education do not cover the cost of travel to your interview/assessment unless otherwise stated.
Civil Service Commissioner
As the criteria for this recruitment campaign will restrict applications, the appointments will be temporary and will operate under the terms of Exception 2 in the Civil Service Commission’s Principles and will not be considered as fair and open competition.
Successful candidates will not be eligible to apply for internally advertised posts within the Government department in which they may be placed or the wider Civil Service. However, they will be eligible to apply for externally advertised vacancies for the department in which they may be placed or wider Civil Service in the usual way.
There may also be the opportunity of a permanent position in the Civil Service for some candidates following 12 months in the role. For those who are offered a permanent position after 12 months, the above rules will no longer apply and you will be eligible to apply for roles advertised internally and across government.
Successful candidates will be placed in roles across different Civil Service departments. More information on the types of roles available, the participating departments and the application process are in the candidate applicant pack.
Candidates who meet the required standard at interview will be posted in merit order by their location preferences. Please note – We cannot guarantee you will be posted to your first choice of location though we will make every effort to accommodate this where possible.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
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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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The Department for Education’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the Civil Service Commissioners Recruitment Principles, which outlines that selection for appointment is made on merit based on fair and open competition. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the values in the Civil Service Code and/or if you feel the recruitment has been conducted in such a way that conflicts with the Civil Service Commissioners Recruitment Principles, you may make a complaint, by contacting the Central Recruitment Team at the following address CentralRecruitment.Operations@education.gov.uk If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint you have the right to complain to the Civil Service Commissioners.