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Border Force Apprenticeship


Dover, South East : Felixstowe, Eastern : Fishguard, Wales : Folkestone, South East : Goole, Yorkshire and the Humber : Grimsby, Yorkshire and the Humber : Hartlepool, North East : Harwich, Eastern : Hounslow, London : Hull, Yorkshire and the Humber : Immingham, Yorkshire and the Humber : Liverpool, North West : Middlesbrough, North East : Newhaven, South East : Pembroke Dock, Wales : Poole, South West : Portsmouth, South East : Purfleet, Eastern : Sheerness, South East : Tilbury, Eastern

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

So what do we do?

The Home Office is here to make our country safer. Border Force is a Law Enforcement arm of the Home Office with primary responsibility for UK Border Security, including counter terrorism, immigration and customs matters. We are responsible for managing the UK border control by enforcing immigration and customs regulations and working with the wider Home Office on 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, with a view to becoming a permanent Assistant Officer (AO) if you meet the selection criteria at the end of your apprenticeship.

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.

The primary duties are International Trade activity. These include Processing of documentation/data; Supply chain assurance activity; Resolving problems in relation to assessment and interception of targets and deciding best course of action; Contributing to risk testing by gathering and making best use of intelligence; Dealing with casework / queries; Investigating errors and initiating offence action as appropriate including attendance as an official witness in court; Replying to correspondence and complaints within charter standards; Interpreting and applying law, controls and regulations; Ensuring operations comply with law and departmental strategies;

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.

Physical Fitness:

These roles can be physically demanding and if successful you will be required to complete and pass specialist training including Personal Safety Training (PST) which develops skills in personal safety, arrest and restraint techniques. This demands physical activity and physical contact with delegates on the course. You will be required to complete a PST health declaration and, if necessary, attend a medical examination. A formal offer will be conditional upon you being physically fit to undertake and pass the training.


A full manual UK Driving licence is essential at the following ports:-
Tyne, Heysham, Hull/Goole, Liverpool, Killinghome, Immingham/Grimsby, Teesport/Hartlepool, Dover/Folkestone

A full manual UK Driving licence is desirable at the following ports:-
Fishguard, Pembroke Docks, Newhaven, Poole, Portsmouth, Purfleet, Felixstowe, Thamesport, Tilbury, Sheerness, Harwich & Heathrow

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.
Please note that we will also accept equivalent qualifications at the same level achieved from a wide range of formal academic and vocational training providers as determined by Ofqual, including, for example, qualifications obtained in Scotland or some BTEC and higher level NVQs. You must have already been awarded the qualification(s) and must be able to provide your certificate(s) at interview.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Making Effective Decisions
Apply today!