United Kingdom/Government Apprenticeship Scheme
Government Apprenticeship Scheme
- Every Congress member who does not hold a ministerial post can apply to be an 'apprentice'.
- This is separate from and in addition to the roles of under-secretary, which are filled by experienced members of congress who already ‘know the ropes’.
- Each minister can have up to 2 apprentices.
- An apprenticeship is an opportunity for people to find out what is involved in the ministerial job and to take some of the pressure of the minister by assisting them with some of the duties the post entails.
- It is up to the minister to decide what tasks are appropriate for delegation to an apprentice.
- The minister is responsible for helping the apprentices to develop an understanding of the job.
- Although an apprentice does not have the authority to make ministerial decisions, they are entitled to a seat in cabinet
- This is a good opportunity for those who are new to government to develop an understanding of some of the complexities of ministerial roles.
Apprenticeships are available in:
- Minister of Defence (MoD)
- Minister of Foreign Affairs (MoFA)
- Minister of Trade (DoT)
- Minister of Work (DoW)
- Minister of Finance (MoF)
We particularly encourage applicants from the UBP and LI-T as this reflects the PCP pledge to set up a mentor scheme for e-uk minorities in government.
However, any member of Congress that does not have a ministerial role can apply.
Applications are by PM to the Vice President specifying which ministry the applicant is interested in and why they want the apprenticeship.
If there are more than 2 applicants for one ministry, the final decision on who is successful rests with the VP.