Introducing the first degree-level apprenticeship in economics

The signing of a new partnership between the University and the UK Civil Service marks the launch of the first degree-level apprenticeship in economics.

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With this new apprenticeship, young people have the choice of new routes to careers in the Civil Service, allowing them to study for a degree whist working at the heart of the government.

Kent’s School of Economics will deliver the new degree-level apprenticeship in conjunction with the University’s Centre for Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. This follows from the partnership between the University and the Government Economic Service (GES) in September.

A range of central government departments and agencies will provide placements throughout the programme, including HM Treasury, Department for Business, Energy, Innovation and Science (BEIS), Department for Education (DfE), and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Students will be offered a starting salary of about £22k in London, and in excess of £20k nationally.

The programme will be open to candidates with GCSE maths at grade B (6) or above and 96 UCAS points – equivalent to CCC at A-Level, MMM for a BTEC Diploma, DD for a BTEC Certificate.


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Professor Karen Cox, University Vice-Chancellor and President, said:

‘We are looking forward to working with GES to deliver an apprenticeship programme which provides participants with on and off the job training and support that will prepare them for long and successful economist careers.’

Clare Lombardelli, Joint head of the Government Economic Service and Chief Economic Adviser at HM Treasury, believes that the programme will ‘create new opportunities for talented young people from all parts of the communities we serve to consider economist careers in Government.’

University of Kent were chosen to deliver this programme for the strength of our economics courses and the support we offer to apprentices throughout their time on the programme. For more information, including about how to secure apprenticeship places, please contact