5373 - Constitution and Elections policy advisor apprenticeship roles

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Detail of reserve list 12 Months

Number of jobs available 5

Region London

City/Town London

Building Site FT Westminster, 1 Horse Guards Road

Departmental Grade HEO

Civil Service Grade HEO

Cabinet Office is in the process of demerging its combined grades.

We have already demerged what was Band A into G6 and G7. We are now in the process of demerging Band B2 into SEO and HEO. Please note, posts advertised at SEO are equivalent to Band B2+ and posts advertised as HEO will be called Band B2. Post Type Permanent

Working Pattern Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share, Part Time Term Time

Role Type Policy, Programme and Project Management

Salary £32,905 - £38,580

Organisation Details

Cabinet Office supports the Prime Minister and ensures the smooth running of government - from developing policy, to modernising public services. We welcome talented people from all backgrounds with the skills and the commitment to build a career in the Civil Service.
The Cabinet Office Purpose is:

  • to maintain the integrity of the Union, coordinate the security of the realm and sustain a flourishing democracy;
  • to support the design and implementation of HM Government's policies and the Prime Minister's priorities; and
  • to ensure the delivery of the finest public services by attracting and developing the best public servants and improving the efficiency of government.

The work Cabinet Office delivers is vast and therefore presents opportunities to develop your skills and experience in a variety of critical government agendas.
An organisation of approximately 7,000 employees, the Cabinet Office is a vibrant, modern and exciting place to work, attracting a diverse workforce which represents the people we serve. Our main offices are in London, but we have staff based around the UK.
At the heart of this are our Cabinet Office values. To deliver our Purpose and help make Cabinet Office a great place to work, we all commit to:-
  • treating everyone with Respect
  • actively Collaborate, and
  • build Trust

We have an aspiration to become the most inclusive employer across the Civil Service. We have a number of staff benefits, including flexible working, and access to a number of staff support networks to ensure we meet this.

Job description

The Constitution Group is seeking to fill a range of demanding and highly rewarding policy and project apprenticeship posts working in our Constitutional Settlement and Elections Divisions, all based in London. These roles offer the opportunity to work on a range of high profile issues and key priorities for the Government.

We will ask you to indicate a first-preference role as part of the application form. The roles include:

Parliamentary policy advisor

The Parliamentary Policy team is responsible for advising Ministers on legislation and parliamentary conventions which inform the relationship between Parliament and Government. In this role, you will become an expert on how Parliament operates; the team works closely with the offices of the Leaders of both Houses and policy teams across Government to provide advice on procedural issues such as the use of Humble Address motions, parliamentary privilege and English Votes for English Laws. The team also has policy responsibility for the Recall of MPs Act, the Fixed-term Parliaments Act and the role of the House of Lords.

The postholder will be responsible for leading policy development on specific areas of parliamentary policy working closely with teams across Cabinet Office, Parliament and other government departments to progress policy areas as necessary. They will need to keep abreast of Parliamentary business and procedure, establishing close working relationships with ministerial private offices and the Leaders' offices

Constitutional Policy advisor

The Constitutional team has a broad range of responsibilities covering constitutional and crown affairs from the use of the royal prerogative to calls for codification of the constitution. Key responsibilities include work on the granting of Royal honours such as city status, Regius professorships, coats of arms, hereditary peerages as well as the Royal names team to ensure the protection of the title Royal including completing a review of the process. The postholder will need to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders including in Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and No 10. The role also involves responding to a range of relevant policy questions, correspondence and briefing requests on constitutional and crown matters as they arise (recent examples include debates on constitutional conventions, briefing on war powers and the use of the royal prerogative).

The two divisions in which these roles sit are:
  • Constitutional Settlements Division (CSD): CSD maintains a strategic overview of the constitution, including maintaining the effective relationship between the Executive and the Crown and advising and supporting ministers in a range of constitutional and crown matters. CSD is also responsible for Parliamentary policy including House of Lords reform and legislation & conventions relating to Parliament. Finally, CSD also includes the UKGG Private Office and the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists:
  • Elections Division (ED): This division is responsible for law and policy on the administration and conduct of elections; funding of elections; electoral integrity including voter ID; parliamentary boundary matters; sponsorship of the Boundary Commissions for England and Wales; electoral systems; referendums; funding and regulation of political parties, non-party campaigners and candidates; the statutory framework governing the role of the Electoral Commission and managing the relationship with government; who is able to vote in elections, including a response to leaving the EU and changes to the franchise.

Major Events Policy advisor (2 roles)

The Major Events Team is responsible for coordinating the Government's role in certain major events. The team works with a wide range of stakeholders, including other Government departments, the police and parliament, in the planning and coordination of these events.

One of these roles will assist with the operational planning for the cross-Government coordination of these events.This includes ensuring that systems and processes are in place and relevant officials understand their roles and responsibilities. They will also help design and implement a series of exercises to test both the Cabinet Office and wider partners' roles in these events. This includes working with a wide range of stakeholders both within and outside the Cabinet Office. The role also includes building and maintaining a cross-Government cadre of volunteers to take part in the Cabinet Office's coordination of these events and briefing and supporting officials on their roles and responsibilities. This ranges from 1-2-1 briefings to designing and delivering presentations to groups.

The other role will focus on the policy issues associated with the planning. It supports the Grade 7 Head of Policy in managing and resolving a diverse and complex set of policy issues relating to the events. This includes coordinating work across a number of departments and operational partners, supporting the programme's governance arrangements and cross-Government meetings, and providing assurance to senior officials, ministers and other stakeholders about the management of outstanding issues and risks. The role also requires excellent drafting skills and the ability to brief with confidence.

Elections Policy advisor (at least 2 roles)

This person will be part of a busy team handling a wide range of active, intellectually challenging and high-profile issues. You will be working in support of elections policy - such as electoral campaigning regulations, the introduction of voter ID, the rules around the voting franchise or the administration of elections. The role will require you to work quickly and collaboratively to support the delivery of our objectives, working with key delivery partners to ensure alignment between the Government's ambitions and their priorities and resources. You will be a point of contact for ministers and Parliament on some key technical and strategic areas.

We are looking for someone who can get to grips with complex issues and legislation quickly, weigh up evidence from a range of sources and present conclusions to Ministers and senior officials in an accurate and clear way. You will also need to develop knowledge of the political environment and Parliament. You should also be able to demonstrate excellent and proactive stakeholder management skills to drive work across Whitehall through regular contact with senior officials across all departments, including Number 10.

Further information on all roles

All of these policy and project posts will offer the opportunity to:
  • Be an expert on your policy area or topic within the strategic centre of Government
  • Build close working relationships with Cabinet Office colleagues and other departments
  • Develop stakeholder management skills
  • Provide policy advice on high profile Government priorities and work with ministers (or independent statutory office holders) and senior officials.
  • Study for a recognised Professional Apprenticeship qualification and be supported to develop your professional excellence working in an environment that is committed to development and offers bespoke learning programmes

These are challenging and rewarding posts where you will be fully supported to work with a high level of autonomy, flexibility and discretion. A role in Constitution Group will require you to have stakeholder management skills to drive work across the UK Government through regular contact with officials in a number of departments. You will regularly weigh up evidence from a range of sources and present your own conclusions. Successful candidates will demonstrate a good level of drafting, communication and organisational skills.

Existing knowledge of the policy area is desirable but not essential, although candidates should have an interest in elections/constitutional policy.

Successful candidates are expected to stay in post for a minimum of 18 months; the apprenticeship will normally take approximately 24 months.

Our offer

As part of these roles, you will complete a Professional Apprenticeship, which gives you a way to work towards a formal qualification while also learning on the job. A will likely be the best option for most of these roles, but other qualifications are available.

More information about Professional Apprenticeships at the Cabinet Office can be found here:

As well as your apprenticeship, you will have access to Constitution Group's strong learning and development offer. This is an introductory 'Base Camp' course, core curriculum, academic speakers at 'Constitution School', frequent 'lunch and learns' covering core civil service skills, and many other opportunities for formal and informal learning to suit your individual development needs and ambitions.

In UKGG we are committed to diversity and inclusion in all its forms. We have a thriving diversity and inclusion group which tackles a range of issues from discriminatory behaviour to biases in recruitment. Constitution Group staff are also active in wider Cabinet Office staff networks, such as those for disability, gender equality, race equality and flexible working.

Please note that this role requires CTC clearance, which would normally require 3 years' UK residency in the past 3 years. This is not an absolute requirement but supplementary checks may be required where individuals have not lived in the UK for the required period. This may mean that your security clearance (and therefore your appointment) will take longer or, in some cases, not be possible.

Business unit information

The Constitution Group (CG) is responsible for policy on elections, Parliament, devolution, the Union, and constitutional matters and is currently delivering a range of key Government priorities across these agendas. Candidates joining CG will have the opportunity to work on high profile policy areas. We are looking to recruit people who want to work in a fast moving, political environment with a passion for delivering a first class public service. The Constitution Group has an excellent reputation across Government and works in partnership with others in the Cabinet Office and across the UK Government, UK Parliament, the devolved administrations, local authorities, the academic community and other external stakeholders.

There has never been a more interesting time to work on the constitution and devolution. It is at the forefront of UK Government business, and CG is central to delivering that work.

Constitution Group is based in four locations (with policy teams in Cardiff, Edinburgh and London and the Electoral Claims Unit in Norwich). Its policy responsibilities cover the constitution, elections and electoral regulation, and devolution policy and strategy with respect to trade negotiations, legislation, Covid-19 response, regulatory policy, and maintaining the integrity of the United Kingdom. Constitution Group also provides staff and sponsorship to two arm's length bodies: Boundary Commission England and the Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists.

Constitution Group is part of UK Governance Group, along with the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland, the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales and the Office of the Advocate General for Scotland. Together we manage constitutional and devolution issues that affect the UK.

Contact and additional information (Recruiters Name, Email and Phone Number)

Given the current situation, interviews will take place via video conferencing.

Please contact the Constitution Group recruitment team with any questions.


Due to the high volume of applications received for Cabinet Office vacancies, we regret that feedback is only available - at the discretion of the vacancy manager - following the interview stage. Vacancy managers may sift on one lead behaviour at the application stage.

Terms, Conditions and Benefits

This is a Permanent appointment .

This role is based within the Cabinet Office at HEO £32,905 - £38,580. Annual salary increases will depend upon individual performance and contribution to the organisation's success. In addition there will be the opportunity to earn performance related bonuses. There is an expectation that successful applicants new to the Civil Service will join on the pay band minimum.

Existing civil servants can take up the post on loan from their parent department for the duration advertised. Those joining on level transfer will retain their current salary. Staff joining on promotion terms will receive up to a 10% increase of their current basic salary or the pay band minimum whichever is the greater. Staff joining on promotion will adopt the modernised terms and conditions of employment which came into force in 2013.

There is a choice of excellent pension schemes. More information about pension provisions can be found at

Flexible Working

Flexible working including job-share arrangements may be considered for this role.

Leave allowances

25 days' paid leave per annum rising to 30 days after five years service. In addition, full-time staff receive eight public holidays and the Queen's Birthday privilege day as well as competitive maternity, paternity, parental and adoption leave.


Staff new to the Civil Service will be required to serve a six month probationary period.


The post will be based in Westminster, 1 Horse Guards Road.

Relocation Costs No relocation costs will be available.

Equality and Diversity

The Cabinet Office is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all staff. We will not discriminate on grounds of gender, gender identity, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, those with caring responsibilities, part time workers or any other factor irrelevant to a person's work.

We encourage a diverse workforce and aim to provide a working environment where all staff at all levels are valued and respected, and where discrimination, bullying, promotion of negative stereotyping and harassment are not tolerated.

Assessment for recruitment, selection, appraisal, training and career progression purposes is based both on the individual's ability and suitability for the work. We are committed to providing all staff with opportunities to maximise their skills and achieve their potential, offering flexible working arrangements wherever possible.

As public authorities departments have statutory duties placed on them that require them to promote equality of opportunity and eliminate unlawful discrimination. We expect all staff to assist the department in meeting these obligations. All staff should have due regard for the need to promote good relations between individuals from different groups and work towards achieving equality of opportunity for all.

Civil Service Code

All civil servants are subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Code (see Annex A) which details Civil Service values, standards of behaviour, rights and responsibilities. Go to for more information.


We offer support with childcare and holiday play schemes costs by providing childcare vouchers for staff who meet the eligibility criteria. Current civil servants applying for Cabinet Office vacancies on or after 06 April 2018, may experience implications in continuing to claim childcare vouchers.

HMRC now offer a tax free childcare scheme for new entrants into the Cabinet Office. We also offer a holiday play scheme and the Cabinet Office contribute to the costs for staff who meet the eligibility criteria. Current civil servants applying for Cabinet Office vacancies on or September 2018 who are currently in receipt of childcare vouchers and not transferring on a TUPE or COSOP move will be unable to continue to claim childcare vouchers but may be eligible for the HMRC tax free childcare scheme.

Recruitment and Selection Process


You must be a British Citizen, citizen of the British Commonwealth* an EC national or a national of specified Member States of the European Free Trade Area, together with certain members of their families. Certain Turkish nationals are also eligible to apply. In the first instance it is advisable to refer to the Civil Service Nationality Rules which can be found here: If you have any further questions about nationality requirements, please contact the Recruitment Team at: . (*Commonwealth citizens not yet in the UK, who have no right of abode in the UK and who do not have leave to enter the UK are ineligible to apply.)

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The Cabinet Office is committed to the employment and career development of disabled people and will guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

Pre-appointment Checks

The successful candidate's appointment will be subject to a series of checks including security, nationality, health and references before a formal offer of appointment is made. Subject to satisfactory completion of the pre-appointment checks, you will be invited to take up the post as soon as possible. The National Insurance numbers of successful applicants will be shared with the Ministry of Defence to aid the tracking of Armed Forces Reservist levels across government.

The Selection Process

Assessment at sift and interviews will be based on meeting any defined skill/qualification requirements along with a Success Profile element assessment, as detailed in the job advert. The Success Profile elements to be assessed will be outlined within the job advert. The Civil Service Success Profile Framework is publically available here:

We would generally expect answers to follow the STAR or CAR structure and encourage candidates to use this throughout their application.

Application/Interview Scoring System

The Cabinet Office adopts a scoring system of 1-7 for Behaviours, Ability, Technical and Experience.

7- The evidence provided wholly exceeds expectation at this level

6 - Substantial positive evidence; includes some evidence of exceeding expectations at this level

5 - Substantial positive evidence of the competency or behaviour

4 - Adequate positive evidence and any negative evidence would not cause concern

3 - Moderate positive evidence but some negative evidence demonstrated

2 - Limited positive evidence and/or mainly negative evidence demonstrated

1 - No positive evidence and/or substantial negative evidence demonstrated

Strengths will be assessed at interview on a 1-4 scale.

Civil Service Commission

Recruitment into the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission which has two key functions.

• To maintain the principle of selection for appointment to the Civil Service on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.

• To promote an understanding of the Civil Service Code which sets out the constitutional framework in which all civil servants work and the values they are expected to uphold, and to hear and determine appeals made under it. More detailed information can be found at on the Civil Service Commission website:


The Department's recruitment processes are underpinned by the requirement of selection for appointment based on merit, open and fair competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners' Recruitment Principles, details of which can be found at

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact the Cabinet Office Recruitment Team, Human Resources, 4th Floor, 1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2HQ or email , in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can further contact the Civil Service Commission at:

Email: .uk or in writing to:

Civil Service Commission

Room G/8

1 Horse Guards Road

London SW1A 2HQ

Closing Date: 30/07/2020, 23:55 hours

Interview dates Mid August, dates TBC

Reserved/Non Reserved post(s)? Non Reserved

Level of security checks required Counter Terrorism

Success Profiles

Success Profiles will enable a fairer and more inclusive method of recruitment by enabling us to assess the range of experiences, abilities, strengths, behaviours and technical / professional skills required for different roles. This flexible approach to recruitment focuses more on finding the right candidate for the specific role. Your can find our more abut Success Profiles .

We will be measuring the following through our recruitment process Behaviours, Experience, Strengths

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