Intelligence Analyst Trainee Ref. 1558

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GCHQ, the longest standing code-breaking intelligence agency in the UK, is offering you an exciting opportunity to join our organisation as an Intelligence Analyst Trainee at our new site in Manchester.


GCHQ’s new Intelligence Analyst Trainee programme provides an exciting tailored development pathway to enable you to provide top class analyst support and to develop you into a future Intelligence Analyst. Through a range of interesting and stretching real world work, combined with a first class learning experience in a supportive training environment, you’ll develop all the experience, knowledge and skills required to take on an Analyst role within our unique organisation. You’ll also benefit from close support and mentoring from established Analysts and managers, learning directly from the best! You’ll be in a trainee role for around 2 years, during which time we expect you to move from an operational analyst support role to an independent Intelligence Analyst. If successful on the programme, as an Intelligence Analyst you will process a large range of data – defining, analysing, distilling and interpreting it in order to produce insightful and impactful reports for our partners and customers. This is an opportunity to be part of something bigger; to protect the country, your family and friends, as you gain exciting new skills and knowledge. The work itself is very broad and definitely benefits diversity of both background and approach.


We’re looking for talented and committed individuals from all backgrounds. Our world will keep changing and you’ll need to be committed to continued development of your knowledge and skills. If you enjoy solving difficult problems, have a real passion for learning and are curious about how technology affects all of our lives, this could be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for!  

You’ll need to be at least 18 years old.

You’ll have 2 A levels at grade C minimum, or equivalent qualifications. You’ll also have 5 GCSEs at grade C minimum (including Maths and English).  

Alternatively, you’ll have 5 GCSEs at grade C minimum (including Maths and English) and at least 2 years’ work experience, from which you’ll be able to demonstrate your IT proficiency.

You should note that this is not a graduate level position. Our Intelligence Analyst role is more suited to those looking for a graduate job. We are likely to be recruiting for this role in early 2019. Please keep an eye on our website for details.  

We welcome applications from people looking to work part-time, but will need you to be able to commit to a minimum of 30 hours per week during the trainee programme in order to undertake the full range of learning and consolidation opportunities.


At GCHQ we’re proud of our inclusive 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. With comprehensive training and development opportunities that will include classroom-based learning, combined with placements in various teams and hands-on training, we’ll enable you to grow your knowledge and 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.


As one of Britain’s intelligence agencies, we unlock the complex world of communications to keep our nation safe. We work closely with MI5 and MI6, our partners in the intelligence community, to safeguard Britain’s people, interests and businesses from various threats. Think cyber-attacks, espionage, terrorism, and serious organised crime. It’s challenging, varied and meaningful work that you simply won’t find anywhere else.




Central Manchester


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

As users of the disability confident scheme, we also guarantee to interview all disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for our roles.

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:

- Application form questions
- Telephone interview
- Half day assessment centre*
- Drug test*

*Held 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.