KICK START YOUR CAREER BY JOINING THE DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT AS A COMMERCIAL OR PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTING APPRENTICE
Would you like the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst undertaking an exciting and stretching role, so you can earn whilst you learn? Do you have the drive and ambition to apply that learning in a real business context so you can continue to develop and work towards your career goals?
If so, we have a unique and exciting opportunity for several apprentices to join the Department for Transport (DfT) and undertake a Level 4 Commercial or Professional Accounting Apprenticeship, and we’d love to hear from you!
The Department for Transport is an important component to the UK's infrastructure, as it is vital for economic growth and prosperity. Transport keeps Britain on the move whether that be the daily commute to work or supplying businesses up and down the country, without it, business sectors cannot function efficiently.
Joining us on our Commercial Apprenticeship Route (CAR), you will complete either a Level 4 Commercial Procurement and Supply (including Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply qualification) or a Level 4 Professional Accounting (including Chartered Institute of Management Accountants qualification) apprenticeship, whilst working in a commercially-focused 18-month placement. Following completion of your initial placement you will rotate in to a second, stretching 18-month placement to broaden your experience alongside completing a nationally recognised Project Management qualification (APM). Each placement will give you the opportunity to develop your commercial skills and put the learning from your apprenticeship in to practice in a live environment; working on key commercial projects across the Department.
The three-year programme will be packed with challenge and variety to equip you with the skills and knowledge to progress your career in the Department. You will get the opportunity to work in different placements where you could be dealing with £multi-million infrastructure projects such as HS2, HS3, Crossrail and Thameslink. It’s a unique opportunity to make a real and tangible impact on society through the delivery of significant commercial projects, while benefiting from the support of your apprenticeship provider and talent coach, senior commercial mentor and a ready-made network of fellow CAR apprentices. If you are a driven and motivated individual who seeks a challenging and rewarding career within a commercially-focused role, then we will provide you with first class training, development and an opportunity to work on major and high-profile projects.
What will you be doing?
We are looking to develop colleagues with specialist commercial knowledge and skills, as these are critical to the overall success of the Department and Civil Service. As you are applying for a programme with multiple placements, the duties and responsibilities for each placement will vary, but may include:
- Building contract management skills and playing a part in ensuring key services are delivered to the public;
- Working closely with policy to play a part in developing strategies which will have a wider impact on transport across the country, for example, reducing carbon emissions;
- Using appropriate project management tools to help manage risk and deliver improvements for passengers and the travelling public;
- Representing the Department at external stakeholder events;
- Providing commercial and financial advice to Ministers.
What will you need?
Candidates will need to have a passion for their own personal development and be prepared to commit to a three-year programme, and engage fully with the qualifications and development offered on-programme. We are looking for candidates with a genuine interest in a career in public service and working in a commercially-focused environment, who will work collaboratively with the programme administrators to take full advantage of the learning and networking opportunities provided. We will expect you to be highly numerate, demonstrate your ability to communicate and influence effectively, as well as showing your potential and desire to lead people; role-modelling positive leadership behaviours, both within your immediate cohort and as future programme alumni. We are also looking for candidates who are adaptable, flexible and able to thrive in a fast paced and varied work environment.Apply Now