The government set up the Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme in 2013, which allows bright 18-to-21-year-olds with a genuine interest in politics the opportunity to learn on the job in a paid role as an executive officer within a government department.
The scheme is broken down into a two-year training programme, during which time school leavers get to take on real responsibilities.
Potential areas can include working in the Department of Education, the Crown Prosecution Service or HMRC, carrying dealing with ministers.
There were 200 places this year (which was double the amount available in the scheme’s first year), and now the government is expanding the vacancies available for the scheme to 400 for 2015, with a view to increase this to 500 for each yearly intake.
All apprentices will kick off their programme with an induction event in London in September.
Fancy yourself in a government department? You can register your interest for the 2015 opportunities here!