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GSE Opportunities: Systems Thinking Level 7 Apprenticeship

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A new two-year, blended approach apprenticeship starting in January 2022 is being delivered by the University of Exeter. The apprenticeship has been designed for the public service to improve the quality and use of evidence-based scientific advice to government, and upon successful completion candidates will be awarded an MSc in Systems Thinking in the Public Sector. This programme will help you to understand how systems thinking methods can complement evidence-based approaches and are integral to the success of policy making in modern government. These skills are essential learning for generalists, policy makers and technical specialists alike.

By undertaking this scheme, you can :

  • Gain skills that can help you have an impact in your department and society
  • Tackle real-world challenges using new approaches
  • Help strengthen the bridge between science, engineering, and policymaking

Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government Chief Scientific Advisor, fully supports this opportunity, saying :

Systems thinking needs to be integrated into all areas of civil service culture to tackle global issues facing us. This Systems Thinking, Level 7, apprenticeship provided by Exeter University, will upskill scientists, engineers and policy colleagues alike and help build crucial cross-government networks.

This apprenticeship will provide you with an awareness of applying systems approaches to complex multi-partner problems; and through two strategic problem focused work-based projects, provide you with an opportunity to deliver impact within your department and to develop long-lasting, collaborative relationships across government.

This diagram outlines the structure of the programme. Please follow the link further down in this post (for more information) to view an accessible version.
The structure of the MSc Systems Thinking in the Public Sector course

To help ensure the real-world problems apprentices solve will be as impactful as possible, the GSE Profession will be approaching senior scientists, engineers and policymakers across government to identify real world, cross departmental problems for apprentices to tackle using their new system thinking skills.

Applications will be open in October and November 2021 for a January 2022 start date. If you are interested in applying, please contact your departmental apprenticeship lead in the first instance. You can find more specific course information here.

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