Care Leaver Internship (Administrative Officer)

Department for Education

Closing date: 26 Sep 2019

Reference number

11326

Salary

£17,489
National minimum Salary £17,489 London Minimum Salary £20,088

Grade

Administrative Officer

Contract type

Fixed Term
Temporary (Not fair and open)
Internship

Length of employment

12 months with the possibility of extension. There may also be the opportunity of a permanent position in the Civil Service for some candidates following 12 months in the role

Business area

DFE - Operations Group

Type of role

Administration / Corporate Support

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time

Number of posts

100

Location

Amersham, Andover, Aylesbury, Barrow-in-Furness, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bristol, Corsham, Coventry, Croydon, Darlington, Doncaster, Dudley, Durham, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Farnham, Gateshead, Glasgow, Hastings, Inverness, Leeds, Leicester, London, Loughborough, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Nottingham, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Sheffield, Shipley, Slough, Southampton, Southend-on-Sea, Stoke-on-Trent, Swansea, Telford, Warrington, Watford, West Bromwich, Weston-super-Mare, Wigan, Worthing, Yeovil, York

About the job

Summary

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.

The roles are across the country and you will be providing support to a government department near you.

Job description

Tasks will vary depending where you work, but you will be working in a supporting administrative role with no line management responsibilities, and typically within a team structure..

Responsibilities

Your communication and organisational skills will be used 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.

Can I apply?

If you were eligible for a leaving care support package when you left care and will be aged between 18 and 30 (On 1st October 2019) then you can apply. In order to qualify for leaving care support, you must have been in care for a minimum of 13 weeks, some of which must have been after your 16th birthday. You must also have the right to work in the UK. If you apply for a Care Leaver Internship and are invited to interview, you will need to provide evidence that you meet the essential criteria by showing a letter from the local authority that provided your care prior to interview and appropriate ID.

No qualifications are required for this internship

How do I apply?

Apply online by clicking "Apply now" at the bottom of this page - further guidance on application process

You will complete an online application form, which will ask you to provide a personal statement (500 words). Please tell us how you demonstrate the following skills:

•Using Microsoft Word and Excel
•Ability to speak to people over the telephone and face to face
•Good organisational skills
•Ability to prioritise workloads
•Good written communication skills

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?

Yes. Candidates will be interviewed from 28th October. Throughout the interview you will be asked questions by two or three people which will last about 40 minutes. Feedback will be given on your interview

I have a question how do I contact you?

Check our guidance page or send us an email leavers.care@education.gov.uk

Hear what our interns have to say



Further Guidance

More information is in the candidate pack at the bottom of this page or visit:



Benefits

Benefits

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

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Strengths and Experience.
The Care Leavers Internship Administrative Officer and Executive Officer campaigns are linked. This means that you can apply for both posts if you wish and your application will only be sifted once. If you only wish to apply for a single campaign then please only submit an application for either the Administrative Officer or Executive Officer campaign. If you apply for both campaigns you will be notified which you have been invited to interview for

Application

We ask you to provide a personal statement (500 words) telling us how you demonstrate the following skills:

•Using Microsoft Word and Excel
•Ability to speak to people over the telephone and face to face
•Good organisational skills
•Ability to prioritise workloads
•Good written communication skills

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.

Interview

If you are successful at application stage you will be invited for a face to face interview. The purpose of the interview is to assess your suitability for the role. It will usually last about 40 minutes

Sift of Applications will take place during October and results released by 21st October. Interviews will be from 28th October

Candidates that have already been successful for a Civil Service Care Leavers Internship are not eligible for this scheme. Please Contact Us
to discuss options.

Further information

A minimum of BPSS Security Clearance is required. Additional vetting including DBS checks may be required across various Departments.

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.

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 dferecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 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.

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.

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

Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Care Leavers Internship Team
Email :  leavers.care@education.gov.uk
 
Recruitment team :
Email :  dferecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Further information

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.

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