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


GES DAP Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

We are hoping to appoint around 75 apprentices to join the programme in autumn 2019. Formal recruitment will launch in December 2018. Follow our website and social media feeds for details of the selection process in the weeks to come.

To assist you we have compiled a Frequently Asked Questions document, which can be found at the top of the page.

Register interest

If you’d like us to notify you about when you can apply for the Government Economics Service Degree Apprenticeship Programme, all you need to do is email us from the account you would like us to contact you on with your name and current status (e.g. A level student, employed, civil servant) to:

We expect applications to open in December 2018, assessment centres to take place in spring 2019 and for the programme to start in August / September 2019.

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Published 20 September 2018