Guidance for students who wish to apply for a place on the Government Economic Service (GES) sandwich student placement scheme.
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Sandwich Student Placements 2018-19
The GES Sandwich student 2018-19 scheme is now CLOSED. We are not accepting any further applications for this scheme.
Below is information you will find useful for the next GES Sandwich scheme 2019-20 which will be advertised in Summer 2018.
To be eligible applicants must be studying for a degree in economics or a joint degree where economics comprises at least 50% of the total course. They must also be on course for a 2:1 or 1st class degree. More information on the eligibility criteria can be found in our Application guidance.
How to Apply
Please read the Application Guidance carefully before you make your application.
Candidates who are successful at the sift stage are advised that they will not necessarily receive their highest preference of Department as some Departments are more popular than others. Occasionally, a Department might withdraw from the scheme before placements are offered. In such cases, candidates allocated to that department will be placed in a reserve pool.
This year we are pleased to announce and enhancement to the already successful placement scheme. We are planning to enhance the scheme by making an offer of a two-year provisional (fixed term) contract to those students to take up upon graduation and who:
Are on track for 2:1 degree in Economics
Are assessed to have successfully completed their placement by their line managers
Have passed a Civil Service Economic Assessment Centre towards the end of their placement
This means that the placement scheme is now a gateway to a career as a government economist and all students will still be able to apply for the Civil Service Fast Stream to become permanent.
Candidates who are successful at the sift stage will be invited for interview at one of the participating Departments. Interviews are likely to take place in November/December 2016 and are done on a face-to-face basis. Sample interview questions can be found attached.
The Civil Service is an Equal Opportunities employer. Candidates with disabilities (as defined in the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act) can choose to declare on their application form that they require adjustments at interview, for which we can make a range of provisions. Please contact us should you have any questions regarding this – we would be happy to help.
We are interested in your skills and aptitudes. We have no preferences for particular backgrounds or universities. We want to reflect the diversity of the country we serve.
Published: 4 September 2015
Updated: 6 October 2017
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