During the first year of your apprenticeship, you’ll start your BSc Degree in Digital Technology at a University College on day release.
You’ll also get hands-on experience through work-based placements within DE&S, the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA), other defence and military sites or our trusted suppliers. The placements will provide you with much of the experience you’ll need to take on a role within the business at the end of your apprenticeship, as well as evidence for your degree.
At the end of year two, you’ll have completed enough of your academic studies and spent time in both software engineering and cyber security placements to choose your specialism going forward.
If you choose to specialise in Cyber Security, you’ll be involved in the implementation, maintenance and support of the security controls that protect our systems and data. You’ll develop a broad understanding of network infrastructure, software and data to identify threats and ensure the UK Armed Forces equipment are secure and properly protected.
If you’d prefer to specialise in Software Engineering, you’ll ensure that what’s been designed, coded and delivered by our manufacturing partners performs as intended. This software may be for a complex weapon, a communications system, a ship, armoured vehicle, a helicopter or anything else in the huge range of equipment we supply to the UK armed forces.