On 15th September, Phoebe Paddock and Ian Jeffrey joined the Defence Academy as part of a two year Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship (CSFTAS). The CSFTAS programme gives talented school leavers the opportunity to work in government, allowing them to progress through a structured training programme. Apprentices develop a range of skills and at the end of the scheme they are able to apply for graduate career jobs across the Civil Service.
Defence Academy welcomes its new Apprentices
Extending a warm welcome to them both, the Operations Director, Mr Colin Evans said that `this is a fantastic scheme that captures bright and inquisitive students and helps steer them through a rewarding career in the Civil Service. I judge already that Phoebe and Ian will have a great impact on their teams and the Defence Academy’.
Initially Phoebe will work with Sara Smale within the Joint Business Office and Ian will work with Dave Tye in the Change Team. Throughout the two year programme, there will also be opportunities for them both to work within other areas of the Academy.
Speaking at the end of his first day, Ian said ‘from an early age I knew that university was something that I did not want to enrol in and this apprenticeship allows me to develop my skills and achieve as much as many of my friends who are currently at university. I found the scheme online through the dedicated Civil Service Fast Track website and was excited by the prospect of a permanent post at EO/Band D level and the ability to gain a higher qualification at the end of the two year scheme. The Defence Academy offers me many opportunities to complete my qualification and progress in my career and I am enthusiastic about what the future holds for me here.’
Phoebe echoed these sentiments concluding that ` the Civil Service offers me a chance to work whilst developing professional skills and qualifications without having to go to University first. I am very excited to work within such a big organisation that offers me so many opportunities. Phoebe said `I selected this route as I thought the apprenticeship would best suit the way in which I learn and like to be taught, as well as the Civil Service being able to offer a range of opportunities in different job roles which I think could be very interesting`.
If you would like to know more about the CSFTAS visit: https://www.gov.uk/civil-service-apprenticeships.