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A day in the life: Fast Track apprentice Laurissa Miles

A day in the life: Fast Track Apprentice Laurissa MilesCan you describe your role?

My job role is in the Briefing and Correspondence Team, I have to respond to members of the public and also prepare briefings for the minister before they talk at important events.

I also step in to help out other teams when needed and get to gain a broad oversight of the policies my directorate covers, employment law. In addition I take minutes for meetings and answered Freedom of Information requests.

How did you decide which apprenticeship to select?

This apprenticeship had the highest pay out of the ones that I looked into, and the idea of working in government and moving to London really attracted me to it.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years' time? Or what do you hope to do after your apprenticeship is finished?

I would like to be on the Fast Stream in five years’ time, but if not then still in a Civil Service role.

What has been a highlight of working here?

Getting to go to the debates in the Houses of Parliament and working in private office, as for the debates I had helped with the briefings, and to go along as part of your job seemed pretty cool.

Describe yourself in 3 words:

Hard working, determined and diligent

What are your top tips for anyone thinking of applying for the civil service apprenticeship programme?

Be adaptable, be able to prioritise your work and keep it organised, otherwise you will lose track. Also, learn to multitask!

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