Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to join this course and to be considered for a role with The Government Digital Service you must be able to attain Security Clearance and meet each of the following standards*.

  • To have had a career break of at least 6 months, and be committed to returning to technology via the Tech Returners programme.
  • You are a UK national, a national of a Commonwealth country, a national of the Republic of Ireland, or a national from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status.
  • You have lived continuously in the UK for the last 6 months.
  • You have right to work in the UK.
  • You agree to a check of any unspent criminal convictions you may have.

Your eligibility for this programme is also dependent on your ability to work in Manchester on a hybrid basis.*

  • Live in Manchester.
  • Live within a commutable distance from Manchester.
  • Or happy to relocate to Manchester (There’s no relocation package).

Further information about Security Clearance vetting can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vetting-explained-and-our-vetting-charter/vetting-explained