Struggling to find employment in the current competitive jobs market, 22 year-old graduate Jessie Watson decided that an apprenticeship would be a valuable first step in building a career in the Civil Service.
 
Jessie, who lives in Hampstead in London, is now an apprentice with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) based in Westminster.
 
The diverse range of apprenticeship opportunities are being highlighted to mark National Apprenticeship Week (8th- 14th February). The theme for this year’s campaign is Build the Future and aims to encourage potential candidates to consider how apprenticeships can build the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career.
 
Although a recent university graduate, Jessie had been unsuccessful in trying to find work and was referred to Central London Works, central London’s version of the government’s Work and Health Programme, which is delivered by employment specialist Ingeus. Jessie joined the support programme in August 2020 and was helped to improve her job search skills and revise her CV.
 
“Although I had a degree I began to think that going for an apprenticeship would be a way to begin my career,” said Jessie. “I applied to the CPS scheme and was offered a place starting in November. I’m now an apprentice Business Support and Resource Deployment Administrative Officer in operational delivery for the CPS that will result in a recognised Level 3 City and Guilds qualification.
 
“My apprenticeship lasts 18 months and I hope that my training will provide options to remain with the CPS or move within the Civil Service, which offers such interesting career opportunities.”
 
Central London Works is commissioned by Central London Forward and receives support from the European Social Fund.