Cyber Security Apprenticeship

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  • Post Date: July 10, 2019
Job Description

We are the UK’s largest producer of official statistics in the UK. We are also the only government department with the production of statistics as its main role. Never has there been a more exciting time to join the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Its “Better Statistics, Better Decisions” strategy is driving a transformational change throughout the organisation and the Office has already taken huge strides forward to becoming a modern, technically focused, data driven organisation.

The Security and Information Management team at ONS are looking for an ambitious and enthusiastic Security Risk and Assurance Apprentice. You will be responsible for assisting and supporting the ONS Assurance and Risk Security Team capabilities, covering risk management and end to end security requirements as proscribed by UK government and the NCSC. This will involve advising the business on security requirements, risk advice and mitigation options, which may involve vulnerability management / coordination, security change management and incident/forensic response, whilst adhering to established security policies and principles as well as an established risk management process.

Acting with drive, passion and confidence, you will ensure seamless security operations are integrated into ONS business operations, verifying the effectiveness of estate-wide security measures and controls and ensuring effective risk management and mitigation. Understanding ONS data security requirements and architecture, you will deliver consistent security advice.

About the Apprenticeships:
This Cyber security apprenticeship post, provides a fantastic opportunity to work within our security team in the People and Business Services (PBS) directorate. The post is for two years and will combine formal academic training, specific IT Security Specialist courses and on the job training.

We are currently recruiting for one post:
• Security and Information Risk Advisor

Person Specification
• Good written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to interact productively with a range of stakeholders
• A track record of working successfully within teams and producing successful results
• An understanding of the concepts of application, infrastructure and networking security controls and systems covering physical, procedural and technical (ICT) areas, particularly in relation to data management.
• A broad understanding of the UK Government Security Policy Framework, Information Assurance Standards, e.g. ISO 27001, DPA.
• An understanding of professional qualifications within specialist Security disciplines e.g. Certified Ethical Hacker, ISO 27001 Security Auditor.

• Educational at A-Level, BTEC or equivalent in an IT, Security or Data Management subject.

Qualification available:
During your apprenticeship, you will work towards completing a Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist qualification. This will develop your expertise in a range of areas including investigating, analysing and evaluating security threats, and developing and delivering security risk assessments. Your apprenticeship will be a fantastic springboard to developing a specialist career in this area of work.

About you:
We are looking for candidates who are excellent team players, have the ability to work with a multitude of stakeholders, and have a real desire to develop their learning and knowledge.

To be eligible for the apprenticeships, you must already hold one of the following prior qualifications:
o An A Level in software/ computing
o A level 3 apprenticeship in a similar subject
o An international baccalaureate at level 3 in IT
o A BTEC Extended Diploma
o GCSE English and Maths at Grade C or above (can be completed while on programme)

There are also general eligibility requirements to commence an apprenticeship which you will need to meet:
o You must be over 16
o Not in full time education
o Have the right to live and work in the UK
o You must agree to undertake only one apprenticeship at a time
o You must not already have a similar qualification at the same level
o You must have a valid passport/birth certificate/residence permit and National Insurance number
o You must have lived in the UK and/or EU for 3 years prior to apprenticeship start date


  • We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Technical skills
  • We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
  • Cyber Security Technical Skills

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
As well as a competitive salary, you’ll enjoy:
• Generous holiday allowance – 25 days annual leave, rising to 30 days after 5 years service in addition to public holidays
• Good work-life balance – family-friendly working options including flexible working arrangements Monday to Friday between 7am and 7pm
• Career development and progression – a recognised silver-accredited Investor in People, we develop our people at every stage of their career, providing a personal progression plan, on- and off-site training courses and opportunities to gain qualifications and professional accreditations
• Strong ethos of equality and diversity
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
Nationality statement
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you’re applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.
Application stage will be based on your CV and personal statement. Please use your personal statement (no more than 1200 words) to evidence your knowledge, skills and experience against the person specification.

Should you be invited to interview, you will be assessed using various assessment techniques aligned to the new Civil Service Success Profiles, where you’ll be assessed against all of the behaviours outlined in the advert.

In cases where there is a high number of applications the sift pass mark may be adjusted and candidates will be invited to interview in merit order, i.e. those scoring the highest.

In certain circumstances, interviews may be conducted by Video Conference.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Nationality requirements
Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.
Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.
Working for the Civil Service
The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
Terms & Conditions
This is an apprentice scheme for a finite period of time.

Established Civil Servants should note that if this post would represent a promotion, that promotion would be substantive. As this is a substantive move, applicants moving laterally or on promotion would retain no right to move back into their previous post.

Whilst this post is an apprenticeship, the type of contract which you will be offered will depend on your existing contract status:

• If you are already employed by the civil service on a permanent contract, you will be offered a permanent contract and required to sign an apprenticeship agreement. Therefore, when the apprenticeship expires, if you have not already secured an alternative post, you will be treated in accordance with any applicable redeployment or workforce management protocols;

• If you are already employed by the civil service on a fixed-term contract, you will be offered a new fixed term contract and required to sign an apprenticeship agreement. On successful completion of the apprenticeship, the ongoing needs of the organisation will be reviewed an if appropriate an ongoing contract may be offered and;

• If you are not currently employed by the civil service, you will be offered a fixed term apprenticeship contract. On successful completion of the apprenticeship, the ongoing needs of the organisation will be reviewed and if appropriate an ongoing contract may be offered.

The award of a Certificate of Completion (or equivalent) will be dependent on satisfactory achievement of all the requirements of the syllabus and successful completion of the end point assessment and any qualification as set out in the standard as appropriate. Any apprentice who does not gain a pass in any of the phase, segment or academic tests or at the end point assessment, may be given the opportunity to re-sit. An apprentice will not be eligible for progression to the next phase until a phase has been successfully completed. Failure to pass the necessary tests within the scheduled completion time (for the apprenticeship or for a phase) may lead to termination of the apprenticeship.
Apply and further information
Contact point for applicants
Sift/interview dates and location
Sift: W/C 05/08/2019
Interviews: W/C 12/08/2019
Location: Titchfield
Further information
Current Civil Servants will retain their existing salary if joining on level transfer or move to the minimum entry point, whichever is greater. *If transferring from a post with a London pay addition to a National post you will be moved to an equivalent point within the relevant ONS National pay zone.

Civil Servants joining on promotion will receive either the minimum entry point, or 10% on top of their base salary in their substantive grade, whichever is greater. * Employees transferring on promotion from a post with a London pay addition to a National post will be moved to an equivalent point within the relevant ONS National pay zone before the promotion increase is applied.

New entrants are normally appointed at the pay scale minimum for their grade although there is limited scope for negotiation based on skills and experience in very exceptional cases

For those successful candidates joining ONS we will record and retain your nationality information on our human resources management system for the sole purpose of understanding the nationality diversity within ONS. We will not report on this on an individual basis in a way that you would be identifiable. We will only retain this information for the shortest time needed. Should you wish for us not to collect and retain this information, please email:

Reference number:1640111
Grade:Executive Officer
Length of employment:2 year fixed term contract
Business area:Other – Security and Information Management
Type of role:Operational Delivery ,Security
Hours:37, minimum of 30 hours
Number of posts:1

This position/s does not attract a relocation package.

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Paul Cudmore, Office for National Statistics, Government Buildings, Cardiff Road, Newport NP10 8XG. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission at

Your apprenticeship is tied to the post stated above, and you will normally be expected to stay in that post for the duration of the apprenticeship.

If, however, you decide to move to a different post outside of the apprenticeship scheme, the apprenticeship agreement will no longer apply and you will cease to be an apprentice.

You will have to leave the apprenticeship scheme and will not be able to work towards the relevant qualification.