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Border Force Apprenticeship


Dover, South East : Folkestone, South East


About the job

Job description

We are looking for a number of apprentices to join our Operational Delivery programme. But why join Border Force?

This apprenticeship offers you a fantastic opportunity to learn, earn and develop your skills. If successful, you will be joining over 280,000 people in the Operational Delivery Profession across Government who have the vital job of keeping the country running and make a real difference to people's lives.

Commitment; Discipline; Respect and Moral Courage are the values that drive Border Force staff forward to help us achieve our vision and this role gives you an opportunity to:

Be in a position to positively affect some of the challenges facing our country today;

Gain nationally recognised qualifications including a Level 3 Award in Operational Delivery;

Develop a wide range of skills and experience that will prepare you for a career both inside and outside the Civil Service;

So what do we do?

Border Force is a law enforcement command within the Home Office. We are responsible for managing the UK border control by enforcing immigration and customs regulations and working with the wider Home Office on counter terrorism, organised crime, modern slavery and trafficking.

This is some of the most important and challenging work in Government as it both protects and enhances the UK economy and if you are successful, you could be part of that.

The apprenticeship will take up to 18 months to complete and you will be on probation for the first 12 months, with a view to becoming a permanent Assistant Officer (AO) if you meet the selection criteria.

This is a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year job and you will be working at one of the UK’s 140 seaports, airports, 200+ general aviation ports, postal depots and international rail network. This includes the Eurostar from Brussels and Paris to St Pancras International and the Eurotunnel from Coquelles to Cheriton, where Border Force has juxtaposed controls.

You could be engaged in a variety of exciting and flexible duties – associated with passengers arriving by sea, air or rail for immigration control purposes to the detection and interception of prohibited goods (such as drugs, cash, tobacco, alcohol, firearms or counterfeit goods).

You could also expect to be deployed on other key tasks such as Radiological Nuclear Detection roles and support strategic objectives such as counter terrorism and human trafficking, which may require working across sites rather than at one location, as well as in a mobile capacity inland.

You will need to meet certain eligibility criteria in order to apply for the role, so please refer to this section in the candidate pack. Failure to meet the eligibility criteria will result in the removal of your application.

If all of this sounds like you then we would love to hear from you. Please refer to the candidate pack below for further information.

Person specification

You must hold two GCSE Grade A-D in Maths and English. We will consider some vocational qualification equivalents which are formally accredited and can be evidenced as the equivalent of two GCSE's Grade A-D.


A full manual UK Driving licence at the time of applying.