Software Engineering Degree Apprenticeship Ref. 1881

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Apprentices and Interns
Central London, Manchester
Manchester: £20,981 (including concessionary payment) and London: £22,677

***Please note that we are no longer able to accept applications for the London location***


We’re offering a unique opportunity which will lead to an exciting placement within the Intelligence Agencies, you’ll collaborate with colleagues and work in teams to build technology that will help catch criminals, expand and further advance our technical capability, and improve our ability to tackle threats to national security. Our work is constantly evolving, and always challenging, giving you new opportunities and challenges 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 a vital 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 and work with some of the most advanced technology, and you’ll develop a broad range of competencies including teamwork, communication and leadership skills.

If you’re excited about working with us and think you have some of what we’re looking for but aren’t sure if you’re 100% there yet…… Rule yourself in and give it a go!


To join this BSc Honours Degree Apprenticeship, starting in September 2020, you will have (or be expecting to have by September 2020), 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.

All apprentices must pass the same security clearance process as our other staff. For this particular role, applications can be made if you are 17 years of age, and will be 18 years old by 31st August 2020.

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

We are keen to receive applications from a diverse range of individuals; we know diverse teams get the best results!


The Intelligence Agencies are 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. 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. The programme combines a mix of classroom based learning, and placements within a software related business area.

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; and at the end of your Apprenticeship you could be considered for full-time employment.


At GCHQ and MI5, we help protect the UK and UK interests from threats to national security. We work closely as partners in the intelligence community, to safeguard Britain’s people, interests and businesses from various threats. Think cyber-attacks, espionage, terrorism, and organised crime. It’s challenging, varied and meaningful work that you simply won’t find anywhere else.

The UK Intelligence Agencies – MI5 / MI6 / GCHQ – are Equal Opportunities employers, committed to reflecting the society we protect.  Our recruitment process is fair, transparent and based on merit.  We particularly welcome applications from diverse and under-represented groups.


Manchester: £20,981 (including concessionary payment)
London: £22,677 (Please note this location is no longer available)


Greater Manchester and London


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

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:

- Assessment centre*
- Drug test

*Interviews will be held in Manchester and London.

Asssessment centres in Manchester and London will take place in early December 2019.

If you successfully complete these stages, you’ll receive a job offer from either GCHQ or MI5, 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. Please note that there are limited vacancies at MI5.

We are no longer able to accept applications for the London location. Please only apply for Manchester.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.