The Government Economic Service Degree Level Apprenticeship

The Government Economic Service Degree Apprenticeship is a unique opportunity to work on important issues our country faces, whilst studying an economics degree


GES DAP Candidate Pack

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Applications for the 2020 scheme have been extended to 23:55pm on Friday 21 February 2020.

The next scheme in 2021 will be advertised in Winter 2020.

What is the Government Economic Service Degree Apprenticeship Programme (GES-DAP)?

GES DAP 2019
  • The GES-DAP is an opportunity to work in a central government department or agency on some of the most important social, environmental and economic issues our country faces – while studying for a degree in economics with the University of Kent.

  • Shape a career that fits you! This programme allows you to figure out which area of Economics you love! Economics is a broad subject that can be applied across so many sectors. Your degree and practical experience will help you understand all of the opportunities that are open to economists.

  • It’s also an opportunity to work in an inclusive and social environment. We want everyone in the Government Economic Service (GES) to feel comfortable to come to work as themselves. We have a culture that supports all, no matter their background or ambitions. You will have the opportunity to be part of a fun community, with many social events and plenty of chances to make friends with both students and other colleagues.

Why Economics?

  • It teaches you the skills to make well informed decisions and solve problems
  • It is always relevant as it looks at the world around us
  • Extremely varied and leads to a wide range of careers, such as journalism, analysis and policy advisory
  • It is one of the highest paid professions

What do your current Apprentice Economists have to say on the GES-DAP?

Study with the University of Kent

University of Kent was selected to deliver the programme because of the strength of their economics courses and the support they offer to apprentices throughout the programme. This will be delivered via blended learning, a mixture of distance and face to face learning, so there is no need to travel to the University regularly. On successful completion, you will gain an economics degree and four years’ experience of working in the Civil Service setting you up to build a brilliant career as an economist.

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum of five GCSE (including Maths at grade B (6) or above and English Language at C (4) or above) or equivalent
  • Minimum of 96 UCAS points under the 2017 tariff point system (e.g. CCC at A Level or equivalent qualifications, not including General Studies)
  • We don’t expect you to have studied economics previously but we are keen to know what interests you now

Where will you work?

A range of central government departments and agencies will provide apprenticeship placements through the programme – which will offer students a starting salary of about £22k in London and a minimum of £20k nationally. The GES-DAP has vacancies in London and nationwide.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2020 scheme have been extended to 23:55pm on Friday 21 February 2020.

Please click here to apply via the Civil Service Jobs website.

For further information and to register your interest on when you can apply for the next Government Economics Service Degree Apprenticeship Programme in 2021, please email us at

The next scheme for 2021 will be advertised in Winter 2020.

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Published 3 December 2018
Last updated 19 February 2020 + show all updates
  1. 2020 scheme applications extended to 21 February 2020

  2. Applications for the 2020 scheme have now closed.

  3. Candidate Pack Attached

  4. Application deadline extended to 11 February 2020

  5. Link to GES-DAP Application Form added

  6. Applications for the 2020 scheme will open on 10 December 2019

  7. Entry requirements updated

  8. Please note information on page is for 2019 scheme.

  9. new contact email address to register interest in programme -

  10. Applications open December 2019

  11. Social Media links added

  12. Applications are now closed on the first line and after "How to apply."

  13. Applications open and link to application form attached.

  14. First published.