Apprentice Budget Policy and Presentation Administration Assistant HM Treasury

This is an opportunity to work at the heart of the Budget, and within an encouraging and collaborative team. SPB works closely with Ministers and their offices, and the post holder will also work with teams across the department, gaining an insight into the whole spectrum of Treasury policy making.

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Apprenticeship summary

The post-holder will work across the policy and presentation branches of the team, and so will gain an excellent overview of how policy decisions are taken, as well as playing a key role in contributing to the Budget documents. This is a challenging, fast-paced post that comes with responsibility and a high degree of autonomy. This post provides a real opportunity for a results-oriented individual looking to improve their understanding of the policy making process, and be involved in Budget delivery.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Lead the Fiscal Event Database (FED) and maintain oversight of all live measures. Using the FED – the foundation of HMT’s Budget process – the role holder will scrutinise policy entries on the FED, provide ad hoc and timely updates on FED data, work closely with the software provider to ensure the FED runs reliably and responds to user needs, maintain a relationship with HMRC to ensure consistency of information, and ensure the database maintains the accurate permission levels and security
  • Develop the FED. The FED is an ever-evolving system, and in between fiscal events a key role for the postholder is to engage with team and departmental partners to identify how the FED can be improved to better support the Budget process, and work with our technical partners to put the improvements into practice.Act as a key point of contact on the FED for the department and ministerial private offices. Provide guidance on using the FED to private offices and answer queries as they arise
  • Act as Editorial Assistant for the main Budget and Spring Statement documents, leading on the charts and tables process. Build effective relationships with authors, communicating regularly with charts and tables leads to ensure that charts and tables are produced to a high standard and to deadline
  • Produce and edit the ‘Data Sources’ supplementary document which sets out key sources of data referred to in the main documents, working with policy officials and the HMT Head of Statistics
  • Work with others in the team to review and share Budget representations with relevant teams
  • Run the Budget & Finance Bill team’s intranet presence – including responsibility for building and managing fiscal event intranet pages
  • Support the wider SPB Budget team on Budget processes in the run up to fiscal events and provide flexible resource to cover pressure points during fiscal events

The ability to understand and scrutinise databases would be a bonus but not essential.

For the right candidate there may be opportunities to become more involved in the wider policy side of the team’s work. During the summer months there could be the opportunity to take forward short-term policy or corporate projects.

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  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 42.00

  • Expected duration

    18 months

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    Business Administrator

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Requirements and prospects

Desired Skills

  • Delivering at Pace: Excellent organisational skills, and the ability to manage and prioritise busy workloads and work autonomously
  • Communicating and influencing: Ability to communicate, explain and work effectively with a wide range of partners
  • Managing a Quality Service: Demonstrate excellent attention to detail

Personal qualities

  • Making effective decisions
  • Working together
  • Managing a quality service
  • Delivering at pace

Desired qualifications

5 GCSEs A*-C/9-4 including maths and English or equivalent.

Future prospects

There may be a chance for progression on completion. 

Things to consider

HM Treasury views flexible working as essential in enabling us to recruit and retain talented people, ensuring that they are able to enjoy a long-lasting career with us. All employees have the right to apply for flexible working and there are a range of options available including; working from home, compressed hours and job sharing. Additionally, we operate flexitime systems, allowing employees to take up to an additional 2 days off each month, providing you work enough hours to meet business need.

We also offer a generous maternity/ paternity and adoption leave package.

At HM Treasury we have an incredibly broad remit; our work touches every citizen of the country. So, it’s important our employees come from the widest possible range of backgrounds, bringing us the widest possible range of perspectives and ways of thinking. We are committed to ensuring that all staff are able to realise their potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance.


  • 25 days’ annual leave (rising to 30 after 5 years), plus 8 public holidays and the Queen’s birthday (unless you have a legacy arrangement as an existing Civil Servant)
  • Flexible working patterns (part-time, job-share, condensed hours)
  • Access to a generous Defined Benefit pension scheme with employer contributions. Find out more about Civil Service pensions
  • Onsite restaurant and coffee bar. The London office also offers a gym, showers and prayer room
  • Access to a cycle-to-work salary sacrifice scheme, season ticket advances and payroll giving
  • Access to a retail discounts and cashback site
  • A Rental Deposit Advance Scheme to help meet the total costs of deposits for privately rented homes
  • A range of active staff networks, based around interests (e.g. analysts, music society, sports and social club) and diversity (e.g. women in the Treasury, ethnic minority network, LGBT* network, faith and belief network)

Any move across the Civil Service on or after 4 October 2018 may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

About the Employer

About the HM Treasury:

The Treasury is the United Kingdom’s economics and finance ministry. It is responsible for formulating and implementing the government’s financial and economic policy. Its aim is to raise the rate of sustainable growth and achieve rising prosperity and a better quality of life with economic and employment opportunities for all.

About the Group:

The Public Services Group is a friendly and collaborative group at the heart of the Treasury’s work to secure fiscal consolidation. Our principal objective is to manage public spending of over £250 billion covering the key public services and departments – including health, education, the police, the criminal justice system, local government, housing, culture, defence and the devolved administrations.

We do this by working with Departments, Ministers, special advisors, senior officials and other Treasury teams to ensure spending plans support high quality public services and provide new value for money for the taxpayer. We also lead for the Treasury on several high profile and challenging reform agendas – in areas such as the NHS, schools, local government funding and fiscal devolution.

Our work offers a range of opportunities for personal growth and demonstrate core Treasury proficiencies, such as working with senior partners in other Departments and managing risks to public service delivery.

About the Team:

The Group Management Service (GMS) team works together to provide an efficient and professional administrative service to the nine teams within Public service group. We seek to ensure all support helps the teams meet corporate and management objectives. Another key service is the PA assistance we provide to the groups senior civil servants (SCS).


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