Government Economic Service Degree Apprenticeship Programme (GES-DAP)

Government Economic Services

Closing date: 17 Feb 2019

Reference number



approx £22,000 (London), min £20,000 (National)


Executive Officer
Apprentice Economist

Contract type


Length of employment

4 years

Business area


Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time



Number of posts



London, South West, Yorkshire and the Humber, North East, North West

About the job

Job description

The Government Economic Service Degree Apprenticeship (GES-DAP) is the first degree-level economics apprenticeship programme in the UK.

The programme offers you a unique opportunity to work in a central government department or agency on some of the most important social, environmental and economic issues our country faces – whilst studying a degree in economics.

You will complete your studies with the University of Kent – selected to deliver the programme because of the strength of their economics courses and the support they’ll offer to apprentices throughout your time on programme.

Once complete, you will have an apprenticeship, an economics degree, and the experience of four years’ working in the Civil Service – putting you in a brilliant position to progress in your career from there.

Your apprenticeship will be fully funded by whichever department or agency you work in – via the apprenticeship levy - meaning you don’t have to contribute a penny to the cost of the apprenticeship or the degree that sits within it.

When you join the programme you’ll earn a salary of around £22,000 in London, or £20,000 outside of London. When you successfully graduate from the programme you can expect to earn at least £27,000 – and have a huge range of career options ahead of you in Government and beyond.

To apply you’ll need GCSE maths at grade B (6) or above, and at least 96 UCAS points (A level or BTEC). We also welcome applications from bright, enthusiastic applicants with other relevant qualifications or previous experience.

Please see the candidate pack at the bottom of this page for full details on how to apply and what the selection process looks like.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
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

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Ability and Experience.
To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process as set out in the 'How to Apply' section of the information pack.

After submission of your application you will be invited to complete a Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning and Civil Service Judgement test. The closing date for the tests is Midnight on 20th January 2019.

Once you have completed the online tests - your application will remain on hold. You will find out if you have been successful in your online tests on 4th February 2019.

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.

Grade entry qualifications

Entry requirements are GCSE Maths at B (6) or above, with at least 96 UCAS points at A-Level or BTEC (equivalent to CCC at A-Level and MMM/DD BTEC).

If you already meet the eligibility critiera for this apprenticeship, we will ask you to bring along your evidence at the Assessment Day.

If you will still be undertaking your qualifications at this time, don’t worry – we can collect this from you shortly after results day.

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

If you have any questions, please contact us on

Sift/interview dates and location

Please see the candidate pack at the bottom of this page for full details on how to apply and what the selection process looks like.

The Government Economic Service will book and pay for any travel you need to undertake in order to attend your face to face Assessment Day.

Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact Sarah Ward, in the first instance
Candidates can claim travel costs if they attend an interview/selection stage for the vacancy.


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