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Technical Apprenticeship in Software Engineering Ref. 1254

Greater Manchester

You look beyond the obvious to see how things work. We’ll take your curiosity and make something of it. 

The intelligence community is offering you an exciting opportunity to join us as an apprentice and work towards a Software Engineering BSc Honours Degree as part of an apprenticeship like no other.


As one of Britain’s intelligence agencies, we unlock the complex world of communications to keep our nation safe. We work closely with our partners in the intelligence community to safeguard Britain’s people, interests and businesses from threats. Think cyber-attacks, espionage, terrorism, and organised crime. It’s challenging, varied and meaningful work that you simply won’t find anywhere else.


This apprenticeship programme will lead to exciting placements within the intelligence community where you’ll collaborate with colleagues and work in teams to build technology that helps to catch terrorists, expands and further advances our technical capability, and improves our ability to tackle threats to national security.  Our work is constantly evolving, and always challenging, giving you new opportunities to explore, with plenty of support provided throughout.

Over the course of the three years you’ll enjoy exhilarating, hands-on work to help us build and maintain some of the world's most sophisticated electronic equipment – all the while working towards a BSc Honours Degree in Digital and Technology Solutions (Software development). You’ll be part of a team that ensures the UK Government can operate in cyber space with confidence and can stay ahead of the pace demanded by the evolving digital world.

You’ll take on real business challenges in software engineering, information assurance or cyber operations and receive full training and support throughout the programme, as well as a salary and all the benefits you can expect from a Civil Service organisation. You’ll learn about and work with some of the most advanced technology, and you’ll also have the opportunity to develop teamwork, communication and leadership skills.


We are looking for motivated and technically orientated individuals from all backgrounds who want to get ahead by gaining a unique insight into a world that can’t be found on any university course.

To join this BSc Honours Degree Apprenticeship, starting in September 2018, you have (or are expecting to have by September 2018), 3 A-Levels - 2 A Levels at grade B or above and 1 A Level at grade C or above. 2 of the A levels need to be in either Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths (STEM) subjects, or equivalent qualifications in STEM subjects.

Although a keen interest in programming and technology would be advantageous, it is not essential as you will have the opportunity to develop these skills on the apprenticeship.


We’re proud of our inclusive, collaborative and supportive working environment that’s designed to encourage open minds and attitudes. As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential. This Degree Apprenticeship programme combines university accredited classroom and lab education, in state-of-the-art facilities with technical training, mentoring and job shadowing, research and development, and work-based placements and projects.

We’ll enable you to grow your skills and perform to the best of your abilities. Supported by our collaborative learning environment, you’ll soon be working on projects that help keep Britain safe.




Greater Manchester


To apply for this position you must meet our nationality, residency and security requirements.  You’ll find more details here:

Be prepared to dedicate 60-90 minutes to completing your application. We’re conscious this might be more time than you expected, so our system will allow you to save your application at any time and come back to it later. But remember to submit your full application before the closing date.

Once we’ve established that you meet our eligibility criteria, the next steps of this selection process are:

- Online test (stage 1)
- Online test (stage 2)
- Assessment Centre (including drug test) in Manchester

If you successfully complete these stages, you’ll receive a job offer, conditional upon you completing our developed vetting (DV) process which enables you to obtain the level of security clearance required to perform this vital role.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.