A logistics apprenticeship scheme based at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s (FCDO) site outside Milton Keynes is now inviting applications for its 2024 cohort.

The 15-month scheme is aimed at developing professionals in transporting secure information, materials, and diplomatic mail for the UK and other governments. School leavers, career changers or those returning after a career break are encouraged to apply.

Apprentices will work towards a NVQ Level 2 certificate in supply chain warehouse operations and will be given training and hands-on practical experience in anything from scanning and packing secure shipments to organising secure deliveries by air, sea and HGV.

FCDO Services, a government organisation and part of the FCDO which provides a range of services with the highest levels of security to UK and overseas government agencies, said it moves over a million kilograms of freight every year in diplomatic bags, the secure packaging that’s protected by the Vienna Convention.

It said apprentices would gain practical experience and a fully funded, industry recognised, level two qualification, along with a decent starting salary and a range of benefits open to civil servants.

Mike Astell, chief executive at FCDO Services, said: “We’ve been hiring and developing apprentices since the 1960s, giving people the skills and opportunities to thrive.

“Our apprenticeships could see you working in a technical role overseas, or one which is based in Hanslope Park or London. You’ll become an integral part of your team, balancing your learning with real life work that supports critical government activity around the world.”

To apply, go to the FCO Services’ careers page: www.fcdoservicescareers.co.uk/careerareas/apprenticeships/