When to Apply

Applications open on 14th December 2020 for the 2021 intake and close on 18th January 2021. Click here to apply.

Step 1: Registration

To begin your application, you can apply through Civil Service Jobs.​

Step 2: Online Screening Assessments

There are three online tests to complete: Verbal, Situational Judgement and Numerical tests. You only move onto the next test if you have met the minimum requirements of the previous test. The verbal test will be first, and if you meet the minimum requirements, you move through to the situational judgement test. Again, if you meet the minimum requirements of the Situational Judgement Test, you will then complete the numerical test. Please be aware that there may be a delay between completing your Situational Judgement Test and numerical reasoning but you’ll have plenty of time to do these. You will need access to a  laptop/desktop computer.

Step 3: Personal Statement

If you have met the minimum requirements of the online tests, you will be invited to complete a personal statement to tell us why you want to become an apprentice economist, how you will balance your work and studies and your motivations.  Following this, you will receive an outcome by the end of February 2020 if you are successful at both the online tests and sift of the personal statement and will be invited to the assessment centre.


Step 4: Written Assessment

If you are sifted through, you will then be invited to take a written assignment. This should take no longer than an hour. You will be given further information for the day by the GESR Team.

Step 5: Assessment Centre

Lasting half a day, we will evaluate your suitability for the job through a combination of tasks and activities, such as an interview and case studies. These will be available across the country. If you pass the written application stage, we’ll send you more info on the Assessment Centre.

Application animation

One of the civil service’s apprenticeship recruitment leads, Michelle, has created a short animation packed with useful hints and tips, which can be viewed here:

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Please note, we are currently reviewing all listed recruitment opportunities due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and will be updating the Time To Apply information soon.

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