One of the stars of the Channel 4 programme Gogglebox is to join the civil service as an apprentice, it has been announced.
The makers of the reality programme, which broadcasts the reactions of viewers to high-profile British TV shows, said that 20-year-old Josh Tapper is to leave to take up a civil service apprenticeship.
According to the report in the Daily Mirror, Tapper will work in the Cabinet Office during the two-year apprenticeship, at the end of which he can apply for jobs across Whitehall.
There are civil service apprenticeship schemes covering business (including communications), commercial, digital and technology, finance and project delivery.
As part of the government’s drive to reach three million apprenticeship starts by 2020, the civil service has pledged to increase the number of starts under the scheme to 30,000 in England by 2020, 2.3% of the workforce.
Cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood has said that the schemes represent “a fantastic opportunity for all the young people in this country with ambition, talent and enthusiasm” to join the civil service.
The Tapper family will continue to appear on Gogglebox, according to the report.