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Department of Work & Pensions Launches Digital Apprenticeship

31 Aug 2020

Department of Work & Pensions Launches Digital Apprenticeship

The UK Government’s Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) has launched a new digital apprenticeship for young people in the north of England.

There are 15 places on offer for apprentices at the DWP’s offices in Blackpool, Manchester and Newcastle.

Young people interested in working in the public sector with the Civil Service can look forward to learning new skills in software, infrastructure engineering, big data, analytics, cyber security and networking.

Successful apprentices could be earning a starting salary of around £27,000 and more than £30,000 after completing the DWP apprenticeship.

If you are interested in applying for one of the apprenticeships on offer at the DWP then you don’t have long to act.

Applications for the apprenticeship are only open until the 7th of September but you can find out more about the opportunities and apply for a place on the 2020 scheme by visiting this page of the DWP careers site.

Launching the new scheme, DWP Digital’s chief digital information officer, Simon McKinnon, said: “This is a unique opportunity to join DWP Digital at a junior level and secure specialist skills to build a successful digital career. The apprenticeships provide an opportunity to gain technical skills in software development to build web applications which meet user needs.”

“These may involve innovative technologies such as big data and analytics, artificial intelligence, micro services and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).”

Lizy Gibson, a current Level 3 Microsoft Infrastructure Technician apprenticeship at the DWP office in Newcastle, said: “I was interested in learning about something new and something that would enable me to have a wide range of job opportunities and prospects. My apprenticeship has enabled me to gain work experience while studying and has definitely opened a lot of doors for me.”

“The course included things like scripting and coding, networking and business processes. I now have a Level 3 qualification in something I never thought I would, and I’m working for the UK’s biggest government department with constant new opportunities arising.”

To make the most of new opportunities arising in the world of entry level work for young people in the UK, keep a close eye on our regularly updated Apprenticeships section.

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