Ministerial Correspondence Drafter Apprentice

Department for Education · Competitive · London
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The Ministerial Correspondence Team is a key part to the Department for Educations success in communicating on behalf of ministers. We work with ministers, their private offices and policy teams to manage ministers correspondence and produce high-quality letters to send to MPs, Peers, and VIPs.

Our department is responsible for education, childrens social services, higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England, and equalities. We work to achieve a highly educated society in which opportunity is equal for all, no matter your background or family circumstances.

We support this culture though our 11 staff networks, including the BAME, LGBT+, Carers and EU/EEA Nationals networks.

The Apprenticeship offer

We can offer a selection of apprenticeships from level 3 upwards based on your existing experience and qualifications, No previous qualifications are required. Once you are successful our apprenticeship team will discuss the best opportunities to suit you.

Part of the apprenticeship is to complete a level 2 English and Maths functional skills qualification. If you have already achieved GCSEs in English and Maths at Level 4 (grade C) or above you will not need to complete this.

To be eligible to apply for the apprenticeship you need to meet the following criteria:

Must have lived in the UK and/or EU for 3 years prior to apprenticeship start date.

Not be undertaking another apprenticeship at the same time.

Job description

Successful candidates will be expected to:

Take responsibility for drafting high quality, signature ready responses to Private Office/ministerial correspondence.

Work well to support the team, sharing experiences and best practice and working together to effectively achieve our goals.

Work effectively to deliver on time, in a fast paced and adaptable environment, enabling the team to deliver for our customers and against our Whitehall, DfE and team performance targets.

Manage their workload effectively, being flexible to support other ministerial portfolios where necessary.

Work closely and establish close relationships with policy and Private Office stakeholders to ensure that they get the information that you need when they need it.

Be confident to chase for information and/or updates from stakeholders where necessary.

Maintain a clear audit trail by keeping our correspondence management system up to date throughout the life of every case.

Support the wider team by logging incoming correspondence and closing outgoing correspondence where necessary.

Work flexibly, primarily within the team but at particular times also across the wider division, and actively contribute to achieve the teams objectives by undertaking projects and working to recognised deadlines and activities.

Responsibilities

About you (person specification) & essential criteria of the role:

A passion for drafting to help deliver an excellent service for our stakeholders

Excellent organisational and time management skills.

Strong communication skills with the ability to communicate and engage with a range of stakeholders and draft high-quality correspondence.

Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet our targets.

Able to build strong relationships with a range of different stakeholders, using negotiation and influencing skills to achieve successful outcomes.

This opportunity is suitable for someone who has a passion for customer service, working in a team to deliver tangible, timely results and wanting to make a difference. The role would also be suitable for someone who would like to gain an insight into a high-profile operational delivery team.

Technical skills

Well assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Drafting Assessment

Benefits

Applicants currently holding a permanent post in the Civil Service should note that, if successful, their salary on appointment would be determined by the Departments transfer / promotion policies.

As a member of the DfE, you will be entitled to join the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme, which many experts agree is one of the most generous in the UK.

You will have 25 days leave, increasing by 1 day every year to a maximum of 30 days after five years service. In addition, all staff receive the Queens Birthday privilege holiday and 8 days bank and public holidays.

We offer flexible working arrangements, such as job sharing, term-time working, flexi-time and compressed hours.

As an organisation, which exists to support education and lifelong learning, we offer our staff excellent professional development opportunities.

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.

Application

At sift stage, candidates will be assessed on:

Experience (Personal Statement)

Your personal statement should be written using the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) approach. Please provide at least three examples of the ways that your skills and experience make you suitable for this role, relating them to the essential criteria specified in the job description. We will assess the statement against the essential criteria as detailed in the advert.

Your personal statement should not exceed 750 words.

Stage 2) If successful at sift, candidates will be invited to complete a short drafting assessment. This will require applicants to demonstrate their ability to draft clearly under timed conditions. Candidates will not be expected to prepare for the test and further details will be provided in advance. You will be able to inform us at that stage if any reasonable adjustments are required.

Candidates who are successful at both stages will be invited to interview.

Interview

At interview stage, you will be assessed on experience, technical skills and strengths.

Other Information

The government is committed to supporting apprenticeships, enabling people to learn and progress in a role whilst earning. We want to monitor the number of people who have completed apprenticeships who are now applying to progress further in their career and are asking this question to all candidates, on all vacancies. You will be asked a question as part of the application process about any previous apprenticeships you have completed. Your response to this question will not affect your application and it is not a requirement of the role to have completed a previous apprenticeship.

For this role the department would not consider sponsoring a Certificate of Sponsorship/visa. Please note we are unable to offer advice on any Visa and Immigration cases.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check maybe carried out.

Part of the apprenticeship is to complete a level 2 English and Maths functional skills qualification. If you have already achieved GCSEs in English and Maths at Level 4 (grade C) or above you will not need to complete this.

To be eligible to apply for the apprenticeship you need to meet the following criteria:

Must have lived in the UK and/or EU for 3 years prior to apprenticeship start date.

Not be undertaking another apprenticeship at the same time.

Job description

Successful candidates will be expected to:

Take responsibility for drafting high quality, signature ready responses to Private Office/ministerial correspondence.

Work well to support the team, sharing experiences and best practice and working together to effectively achieve our goals.

Work effectively to deliver on time, in a fast paced and adaptable environment, enabling the team to deliver for our customers and against our Whitehall, DfE and team performance targets.

Manage their workload effectively, being flexible to support other ministerial portfolios where necessary.

Work closely and establish close relationships with policy and Private Office stakeholders to ensure that they get the information that you need when they need it.

Be confident to chase for information and/or updates from stakeholders where necessary.

Maintain a clear audit trail by keeping our correspondence management system up to date throughout the life of every case.

Support the wider team by logging incoming correspondence and closing outgoing correspondence where necessary.

Work flexibly, primarily within the team but at particular times also across the wider division, and actively contribute to achieve the teams objectives by undertaking projects and working to recognised deadlines and activities.

Responsibilities

About you (person specification) & essential criteria of the role:

A passion for drafting to help deliver an excellent service for our stakeholders

Excellent organisational and time management skills.

Strong communication skills with the ability to communicate and engage with a range of stakeholders and draft high-quality correspondence.

Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet our targets.

Able to build strong relationships with a range of different stakeholders, using negotiation and influencing skills to achieve successful outcomes.

This opportunity is suitable for someone who has a passion for customer service, working in a team to deliver tangible, timely results and wanting to make a difference. The role would also be suitable for someone who would like to gain an insight into a high-profile operational delivery team.

Technical skills

Well assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Drafting Assessment

Benefits

Applicants currently holding a permanent post in the Civil Service should note that, if successful, their salary on appointment would be determined by the Departments transfer / promotion policies.

As a member of the DfE, you will be entitled to join the highly competitive Civil Service Pension Scheme, which many experts agree is one of the most generous in the UK.

You will have 25 days leave, increasing by 1 day every year to a maximum of 30 days after five years service. In addition, all staff receive the Queens Birthday privilege holiday and 8 days bank and public holidays.

We offer flexible working arrangements, such as job sharing, term-time working, flexi-time and compressed hours.

As an organisation, which exists to support education and lifelong learning, we offer our staff excellent professional development opportunities.

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.

Application

At sift stage, candidates will be assessed on:

Experience (Personal Statement)

Your personal statement should be written using the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) approach. Please provide at least three examples of the ways that your skills and experience make you suitable for this role, relating them to the essential criteria specified in the job description. We will assess the statement against the essential criteria as detailed in the advert.

Your personal statement should not exceed 750 words.

Stage 2) If successful at sift, candidates will be invited to complete a short drafting assessment. This will require applicants to demonstrate their ability to draft clearly under timed conditions. Candidates will not be expected to prepare for the test and further details will be provided in advance. You will be able to inform us at that stage if any reasonable adjustments are required.

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