At BEIS, we work to deliver the government’s vision at a time of
momentous change. BEIS is a department at the heart of the government’s
agenda, with an aim to deliver an economy that works for everyone.
In your role at BEIS, you could be directly involved in pivotal projects
such as preparing for the UK’s departure from the European Union,
leading the way to a low carbon future, or creating an economy which
boosts productivity and earning power throughout the UK.
There is a broad range of exciting opportunities available across the
department in priority policy. Entrants on our talent programmes will
undertake placements in 2 of the different policy groups across BEIS,
which are currently:
• EU Exit & Analysis
• Energy & Security
• Business & Science
Energy Transformation & Clean Growth
BEIS prides itself on its inclusive, supportive working culture. We
actively encourage each other to be open, honest and innovative, and
champion diversity in everything that we do. Find more about BEIS’
support networks and commitment to diversity.
A learning environment where it is safe to ask questions, receive
feedback and push yourself at your own pace is a key part of fostering
this culture. Our employees receive ongoing support and encouragement
from the start of their career with BEIS. From leadership potential to
empowering under-represented groups with fairer opportunities, there
will be something here for you.
So, if you’re ready to do something genuinely visionary with your
career, apply today.
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There are currently two development programmes at BEIS which graduates
can apply to. These are the BEIS Graduate Programme and the Experienced
The BEIS Graduate Programme is aimed at recent graduates, who do not yet
have significant work experience, but are able to demonstrate
outstanding potential. Our Experienced Entrant Programme is aimed at
those with significant and relevant work experience, who are looking
change, restart or progress their careers in Policy within BEIS.
Both programmes include an extensive Learning & Development offer,
• Qualifications in either Leadership & Management or
• Induction weeks/fortnights. This will be an
exciting introduction to working in Policy at BEIS, and an opportunity
to get to know the 2019 cohort of BEIS Experienced Entrants. You can
expect an introduction to working in Whitehall and Parliament, writing
briefs, running workshops, talks from senior leaders, and much more.
Action learning sets. Action Learning Sets (ALS) are small groups
of 6-8 people who meet regularly to discuss and share current challenges
and issues from their current role. The set discuss, share support and
suggest action to address the issues.
• Regular Cohort
Meetings – to get to know your cohort better, train, and share
insight and challenges.
• First access to a range of exciting
development opportunities within BEIS, such as seminars, interviewing,
and volunteering opportunities.
At BEIS you can help shape the UK’s future, making contributions that
will benefit people for years to come.
Our vision is an economy that works for everyone and central to this is
delivering the Industrial Strategy. From Clean Growth to Artificial
Intelligence, we aspire to be at the forefront of research and
innovation, whilst ensuring there are great places in the UK for people
to work, and for businesses to invest, innovate and grow.
At BEIS we are friendly, open and supportive. We encourage each other to
be bold and innovative and are passionate about what we do. We want to
nurture a diverse and inclusive environment where we value our people
and the people we serve, whoever they are, wherever they are, and
whatever they do.
What are the differences in expectation between the Graduate and
Experienced Entrant Schemes?
Those on the Graduate Scheme enter
at HEO grade, while Experienced Entrants start at SEO. Roles at SEO
require significantly deeper levels of team and policy responsibility.
SEOs will have greater stretch in terms of advisory responsibilities,
which may cut across several policy areas. There is an expectation of
more acute and mature judgement in the face of complex challenges, and a
requirement in some circumstances to lead small policy teams of HEOs.
How many people do you expect to recruit?
We are expecting to
recruit around 15 Graduates and 30 Experienced Entrants to start work at
BEIS in 2019.
I’m a current Civil Servant, can I apply to these programmes?
current Civil Servants are welcome to apply so long as they meet the
other selection criteria.
I’m not a recent graduate, can I still apply to the Graduate
You should have graduated within the last three years
- if you have over 3 years relevant work experience, you should consider
whether the Experienced Entrant Programme is a better match for your
skills and experience.
Can I apply if I have a degree from another country?
applications from candidates with overseas degrees, provided that they
can supply evidence that their degree is at a comparable level to a
British 2:2 classification. The National Academic Recognition
Information Centre (NARIC) provides information about the comparability
of different international qualifications.
Can I choose which part of BEIS I will be allocated to for my
You will be given an opportunity to express
preferences regarding your placements, but we allocate placements to
successful candidates based on candidate background, experience, and the
priority policy areas within the departments. We encourage applicants to
keep an open mind to working in the wide variety of exciting policy
areas in BEIS.
I didn’t obtain a 2:2 classification in my degree, can I continue
with my application for the Graduate Scheme?
No – all BEIS
Graduates are required to hold an undergraduate degree in any discipline
within a minimum 2:2 classification by the time they start in role. This
also applies to applicants who have a Master’s degree with a
classification of 2:2 of above.
Do I need to have a degree to apply for the Experienced Entrant
No, but you do need to have relevant experience in an
area while having developed the relevant skills for a SEO Policy role in
If I’m successful, can I defer my start date?
applicants: if you already know you aren’t available for work
in September 2019 you should wait until next year to apply.
Experienced Entrant applicants: you will be given the choice of starting
in role either in April or July 2019. If you know you cannot start
work at either of these times, you should wait until next year to
However, if you apply successfully and there’s been a change to your
circumstances that means you’re unable to start at these times, you can
contact the BEIS Recruitment Team to discuss the possibility of
deferring your start date. Deferrals will be considered on a case by
case basis and will be for a maximum of 12 months from when you
indicated you could start on your application form. Where we do offer
deferrals to 2020, the deferred job offer is provisional until we have
confirmed approval for 2020 recruitment numbers.
If I have a disability, will this be taken into account during the
Yes. During your application, you will have
the opportunity to mention any disabilities you have and any adjustments
you require. BEIS will take this into account and make whatever
reasonable adjustments we can during the application process.
Where will I be based?
The majority of our roles will be based
in 1 Victoria Street, Westminster. A minority of roles may be available
elsewhere in London.
What will my working arrangements be?
Both programmes offer
full time roles by default. Some roles may be available for part-time or
flexible working arrangements. These can be discussed after offer stage
on a one-by-one basis
How does the BEIS Graduate Scheme differ from the Civil Service Fast
Stream? Are you part of the Fast Stream?
We are not part of the
Civil Service Fast Stream, so you need to apply to us directly via this
website. These are the main differences between BEIS’s graduate scheme
and the Fast Stream:
The Civil Service Fast Stream offers a different learning and
development package across government over a longer timeframe. At BEIS,
our scheme is entirely policy focused and our candidates will undertake
2 12-month placements which will develop their policy experience purely