As part of Young Workers’ Month we look at why PCS is the union for civil service apprentices.
If you are an apprentice in the civil service you have a right to join a union and PCS is the one for you because membership gives you, including:
- Training and development
- Support at work
- Job security
- Legal advice
- The right to be represented by a rep and discounts and benefits.
If you're taking up an apprenticeship in the civil service join PCS as we are the union representing apprentices in government departments and related services. You can get 6 months' free PCS membership as long as you have not had free membership before.
We have secured major improvements for apprentices, including:
- Fair pay
- Job security, and
- Redundancy avoidance.
Helping one another
For Land Registry member Bex joining PCS made perfect sense.
“I love being part of the union as it gives workers a voice. The union has done a lot to better the working conditions of workers for years and I hope I will be able to get involved and make a difference, too,” she said. “I urge anyone who is not a union member to consider joining and for any members to get more involved and active within the union. You won’t regret it.”
HMRC member Scott explained why he joined PCS: "When I joined the civil service as an operational delivery professional apprentice I was given a lot of uncertainties, whether I would be treated fairly or not and not knowing whether I would have a job at the end of my apprenticeship. I joined PCS because it’s the biggest union in the civil service and has the force of around 190,000 members who fight to help one and other."
PCS also has TUC Union Learning Fund Projects in England, Scotland and Wales that can help our union learning reps to help and support apprentices. For more information contact the PCS learning organiser in your region.
We are helping apprentices in the workplace every day, so what are you waiting for? Join PCS today.