Croydon Civil Service Employability

The Civil Service is hiring thousands of people right now. This five day intensive course will give you an insight into working for the government, and prepare you for their specific application process.

About the course

Course starting dates July 1st, July 8th, July 29th
Course length This course lasts for five days, and runs from Mondays to Fridays
Lesson times It runs daily from 9:30am – 4:30pm (with a one hour lunch break).
Qualification Level 1 Award in Employability Skills awarded by VTCT
Course location Strive Training Croydon: Suffolk House, College Road, CR0 0YN

What is the Civil Service?

The UK Civil Service is an organisation that advises and supports the government in delivering policies and public services. Nearly 500,000 people work for the Civil Service across hundreds of departments, in all sorts of roles, spread throughout the UK!

It is politically neutral and independent of the government and political parties. There’s a place for anyone who’s motivated and hard-working in the Civil Service – and this course will help get your foot in the door!

Why work for the Civil Service:

  • A huge variety of career opportunities that suit all ambitions and personalities – from engineers to administrators to delivery drivers.
  • Great work-life balance with flexible, hybrid and part-time working options, as well as good annual leave and family leave packages.
  • Excellent workplace pension scheme, which is regarded as one of the best in the UK public sector..
  • Ample opportunity for career and personal development, with access to coaching, mentoring and work-based training courses.
  • Great health, wellbeing and discount schemes – from retail discounts to reduced gym memberships.



Course Location: The course takes place in our Croydon training centre: Suffolk House, College Rd, Croydon CR0 0YN

Why do this course:

  • Improve your CV, job application and job interview skills – and earn an accredited qualification in Employability Skills.
  • Get an inside understanding of the Civil Service’s recruitment process
  • Hear directly from Civil Servants about what it’s like to work for the government
  • Our employer engagement team is standing by to provide any additional support on applying for Civil Service positions, plus they will provide you with exclusive access to other career opportunities.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to:

  • Created a clear, concise and professional CV that will help you stand out amongst hiring managers from all organisations
  • Have the confidence to ace your next job interview – whether it’s in-person or online
  • Uncovered a suitable job for you in the Civil Service and have the tools to confidently complete the application process

Course Content

The Civil Service offers a wide range of job roles, from engineers to administrators – this unit shows you how to find the role that’s right for you.
This unit focuses on the specific Civil Service application and how to master it, helping you to make the right first impression.
In this unit, you will learn what Civil Service recruiters are looking for in a CV, and how to make a CV that you are finally proud of.
During this unit, you will learn how to identify opportunities in the Civil Service. This includes:
  • Creating a Civil Service jobs account
  • Searching for vacancies
  • Understanding Civil Service job descriptions
  • Virtual interview introduction and practice
  • Understanding the application process, including: the psychometric test, verbal reasoning test, situational judgement test, and behaviour statements
You will also be introduced to best practice principles of approaching and completing each of these stages and will undertake simulated activities, practice tests, mock interviews and more.
The final unit will focus on your development, improvement and practical application of digital skills.

Next Steps

Simply complete the short form on the right. You'll then immediately be able to complete your Fast-Track online registration.

This registration process will confirm your eligibility to have your qualification 100% government funded.

Join 85,000 other learners who have chosen to upskill with Strive Training - register now!

Frequently Asked Questions

This course takes place in our Croydon Training centre: Suffolk House, College Rd, Croydon CR0 0YN
All our courses are free for those who are unemployed, subject to eligibility.
Yes, this course will have specific start dates.
Of course. All our courses are accredited courses and you will receive a nationally recognised certification on achievement. You will receive a digital version of your certificate, inline with our commitment to sustainability.
The Awarding Bodies takes between 8 -12 weeks to process certificates. For all queries regarding certification please email us on When contacting us please include the following information: • Full Name • Title of the qualification • Contact details and address.

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