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Government Economic Service Degree Apprenticeship Programme (GES-DAP)


North East, London, Yorkshire and the Humber, South West, North West

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Job description

The Government Economic Service Degree Apprenticeship (GES-DAP) is the first degree-level economics apprenticeship programme in the UK.

The programme offers you a unique opportunity to work in a central government department or agency on some of the most important social, environmental and economic issues our country faces – whilst studying a degree in economics.

You will complete your studies with the University of Kent – selected to deliver the programme because of the strength of their economics courses and the support they’ll offer to apprentices throughout your time on programme.

Once complete, you will have an apprenticeship, an economics degree, and the experience of four years’ working in the Civil Service – putting you in a brilliant position to progress in your career from there.

Your apprenticeship will be fully funded by whichever department or agency you work in – via the apprenticeship levy - meaning you don’t have to contribute a penny to the cost of the apprenticeship or the degree that sits within it.

When you join the programme you’ll earn a salary of around £22,000 in London, or £20,000 outside of London. When you successfully graduate from the programme you can expect to earn at least £27,000 – and have a huge range of career options ahead of you in Government and beyond.

To apply you’ll need GCSE maths at grade B (6) or above, and at least 96 UCAS points (A level or BTEC). We also welcome applications from bright, enthusiastic applicants with other relevant qualifications or previous experience.

Please see the candidate pack at the bottom of this page for full details on how to apply and what the selection process looks like.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing