Congratulations: GCS Apprentices graduate

8 Jul 2019 12:55 PM

The GCS Apprenticeship scheme has celebrated its second graduation ceremony, with 89% of apprentices having secured roles in the civil service following their apprenticeship, and 79% having passed their Level 4 PR and Communications Assistant Standard.

Apprentices and senior GCS leaders at the GCS Apprenticeship graduation

The evening honoured the achievements of 25 GCS apprentices who have completed their 18 month apprenticeship across 15 departments.

The evening brought together parents, friends, line managers and senior GCS leaders including Alex Aiken, Executive Director of Government Communication, Poli Stuart-Lacey, Director of Communications at HMRC, and Cheryl King-McDowall, Deputy Director for GCS Professional Standards.

The evening was a great success and a fantastic way to celebrate our second cohort of apprentices, all of whom have demonstrated their creativity and hardwork in their roles, and commitment to completing the GCS apprenticeship scheme.

“Our brilliant apprentices benefit from learning communication skills alongside real job experience in challenging roles across government. I’m proud that our apprentices come from all parts of society and are the first in the country to complete the Level 4 PR & Communication Standard. I look forward to seeing them in leadership roles in the near future. 89% have secured roles in the civil service following their apprenticeship.” – Alex Aiken

“I saw the apprenticeship as a great opportunity to develop both my professional skills and my personal confidence. I’m so happy I chose an apprenticeship as it has set up my contacts and knowledge to really get my government career started.” Sophie Fey, Ministry of Defence.

We wish them the best of luck with their future careers!