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Department for Education Care Leaver Internship Scheme 2018

Application Deadline: October 5th 2018

The Care Leavers Internship Scheme supports the cross-government Keep on Caring strategy. By signing up to the Care Leaver Covenant we show our commitment to helping care leavers to make the difficult transition from care to independence. The Care Leaver Internship Programme is one way we are putting this into practice.

This strongly aligns to our vision for a ‘Brilliant Civil Service’ and our overall ambition to be the most inclusive employer in the UK, which is set out in the Civil Service Workforce Plan and underpins the Civil Service Diversity & Inclusion Strategy.

Essential Criteria

In order to apply to the Care Leaver Internship Scheme you must have been eligible for a leaving care support package when you left care. In order to qualify for leaving care support, you must have been in care for a minimum of 13 weeks, some of which must have been after your 16th birthday’. You must also be aged between 18 and 30 by 1st November 2018 and have the right to work in the UK. If you apply for a Care Leaver Internship and are invited to interview, you will need to provide evidence that you meet the essential criteria by showing a letter from the local authority that provided your care prior to interview and appropriate ID.

No qualifications are required for this internship

The key responsibilities of these roles may include:

• Developing reports and materials using a range of IT platforms including Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
• Developing and supporting programme/project products such as risk registers, plans and process charts.
• Providing administration support to your team including booking rooms, preparing papers, taking minutes and recording actions.
• Effective prioritisation of own workload identifying and taking prompt and effective action;
• Dealing proactively and with flexibility when faced by competing workloads and priorities;
• Budget responsibilities where required;
• Creating effective networks and relationships across teams and the wider department;
• Business of state work, including drafting responses to correspondence from the public and drafting responses to Parliamentary Questions (PQs);
• Development opportunities. For example, having the opportunity to do work experience elsewhere in the Department, going on visits, and attending formal Learning & Development courses.

Depending on the specific role, there will also be opportunities to work on some of the following:

• Grant management support;
• Policy development;
• Policy and operational delivery;
• Project management support. This may include managing project documentation and meetings, tracking key milestones, and commissioning teams for regular updates.

You will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, be organised and highly efficient; and required to take your own initiative with minimum supervision, knowing when to seek assistance. You will take ownership identifying priorities, resolving issues and will operate with tact and diplomacy to secure the most effective outcome.

A reserve list may be held for a period of up to 12 months from which further appointments can be made, if required.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Care Leavers Internship Scheme 

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