Graduate schemes and apprenticeships2022-05-16T15:52:38+01:00

DE&S Apprenticeship & Graduate Schemes

You want to be an expert in your field one day. We want to help make it happen. Whether you join DE&S as a graduate or an apprentice; a career changer or school leaver, we’re here to help you find your specialty.

Whichever area you join us in, you’ll discover new talents, pinpoint new ambitions, find a home among a diverse team – and be empowered to turn your gifts into an incredible career. Ready for real investment in your future? We’re developing tomorrow’s talent today.

Please note, the Defence Commercial Schemes are no longer coordinated by DE&S. 

Our latest Apprenticeship & Graduate vacancies

Apprenticeships & Graduate Schemes

Our apprenticeships and graduate schemes are constantly growing and, right now, we offer opportunities in:  

  • Information Management & Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Project Professional
  • Corporate Services 

What makes us special?   What sets DE&S apart is the focus we put on you. We help you find your flair and then plan a flourishing career around what you love. And along the way, you’ll enjoy real rewards for the work you do, with competitive benefits and career progression. Our schemes offer:    

  • An environment where colleagues of every background are included, encouraged,  and supported, to be the very best they can be
  • A dedicated management team whose focus is on helping you develop and succeed
  • Empowerment to bring a fresh perspective, ask questions and put positive change in motion
  • The chance to be part of an organisation that protects and supports the UK Armed Forces, bringing real meaning and impact to everything you do in your role
  • The opportunity to move into a permanent position within DE&S or the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA), if you’re successful in completing your scheme 

Our benefits 

  • Flexible working arrangements so that your work fits in with your lifestyle 
  • 25 days holiday a year, increasing by one day each year up to 30 days after five years 
  • A competitive remuneration package and access to two generous Civil Service Pension options 
  • Use of our on-site gym, restaurants and cafes 
  • A huge variety of high street discounts and savings 

Take a look at our Employee Benefits and Apprenticeships and Graduate Schemes below.

 Project Professional

Our Project Professional schemes bring together aspects of project delivery.

The Project Delivery function enables the delivery of policies, processes and procedures and leads portfolio, programme and project management as well as providing the crucial information to support better decision making.

These schemes will develop your skills and knowledge of project planning, scheduling, identifying and monitoring project risks, reporting, stakeholder management and much more.


Project Professional Apprenticeship

Project Professional Apprentices are at the heart of our delivery. On this two year scheme you experience structured career development, gaining the technical and leadership skills, to shape the future of the organisation.

You’ll be provided with real experience in a large project delivery organisation which will enable you to development your skills and knowledge of project planning, scheduling, identifying and monitoring project risks, reporting, stakeholder management and much more.

You’ll also be provided with dedicated support as you work towards an Associate Project Manager Level 4 NVQ.

To apply you’ll need:

• 5 GCSEs inc. English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4+ (or equivalent) and;
• 3 A Levels at grade D+ (or equivalent).

To find out more about the scheme you can read its factsheet.

This scheme is offered in two locations, Bristol and Manchester. There are 39 roles available in Bristol and one in Manchester.

Please click below on the location you wish to apply for, and you’ll be taken through to the Civil Service Job website:


Project Professional Graduate Scheme

This two year scheme will see you undertake a variety of work placements across our Land, Fleet, Air, Strategic Enablers and Corporate domains. You’ll be provided with real experience in a large project delivery organisation, working alongside military and industry partners to successfully deliver outputs within performance, time and cost parameters. You’ll also be provided with a directed and supported study framework to achieve an APM Project Management Qualification. Find out more about this scheme.

To apply you’ll need a minimum third class degree. It’s also beneficial if you can demonstrate relevant experience and project skills, including through internships or placements.

Applications for the Project Professional Graduate Scheme are now closed.

A blue icon showing a laptop with an information Information Management & Information Technology

The IM&IT function leads the advancement of cyber security technology, the management and assurance of digital information and the delivery of software solutions. You’ll learn from both internal and external industry experts, developing solutions to emerging problems.

A career within IM&IT offers you a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of shaping the future of digital technology in DE&S and we currently offer a Digital Technology apprenticeship where you’ll combine on-the-job training with digital learning and practical skills development within your chosen specialism of either software, data or cyber.


IM&IT Digital Technology Apprenticeship Scheme

The IM&IT Digital Technology Apprenticeship Scheme is a two-year structured learning and development programme. From day one you’ll be a key member of the IM&IT function where you’ll be embedded within placements in our teams. You’ll gain hands-on experience as well as completing a nationally recognised Level 4 apprenticeship within your respective specialism. Find out more about this scheme.

When you apply, you’ll be asked to select your preferred specialism to begin your development as either a Software Developer, a Data Analyst or a Cyber Security Technologist. Each specialism offers different learnings.

  • Software Developer gains skills and technical grounding needed to design, test and maintain software.
  • Data Analyst develops skills needed to collect, organise and study data to provide a valuable business insight.
  • Cyber Security Technologist starts on a learning journey to understand data decryption, malware and the risks associated with evolving cyber-threats.

To apply for the Scheme you’ll need:

  • Five full GCSEs A-C or grades 9-4 (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths,


  • 2 A Levels at Grade C or above, one in either a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics subject and one other,


  • a National Diploma in a relevant subject at Grade Double Merit (equivalent to 64 UCAS points),


  • successful competition of a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in a relevant subject.

Applications for the Scheme open early 2023.

Finance at DES MOD - green icon graph with magnifying glass Finance and Accounting

The Finance and Accounting function ensure that DE&S meets its financial and management responsibilities for recording, communicating and driving financial performance. Our Finance opportunities will develop your knowledge and skills in forecasting budgets, providing financial analysis to support decisions, aligning costs to contracts, using financial systems and much more.

We offer exciting Finance opportunities for both Apprentices and Graduates.


Finance and Accounting Apprenticeship

Our Finance and Accounting Apprenticeship is a three year training and development programme. On the Scheme you’ll gain valuable experience through a number of placements and you may also have opportunities to work in a variety of finance focused roles supporting the MOD’s vast estate and front line commands. 

Your hands on experience will be underpinned by MoD/DE&S specific training, as well as study towards achieving Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) Levels 3 and Level 4 qualifications. Training is delivered by a Bristol based AAT training provider. You can find out more about the Scheme by clicking here

To apply you’ll need five GCSEs including English Language at C/4+ and Maths at B/6+, or equivalent. Additionally, it’s beneficial for your CV to demonstrate you have relevant experience and finance and accounting skills. 

Applications for the Scheme open early 2023.


Finance and Accounting Graduate Scheme

The Finance and Accounting graduate scheme is a two-year development programme built around finance and accountancy roles across different areas of DE&S.

You’ll rotate through various placements within DE&S and may also have opportunities to work in other finance roles supporting the wider Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Armed Forces. Your hands on experience will be underpinned by specific training from the MoD. At the same time, you’ll work toward a professional qualification from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Combined with your day-to-day work, it’s the perfect chance to get a wider perspective on your new field, gain industry-recognised skills, and start honing in on the areas that fascinate you most.

To apply you’ll need a minimum 2:1 degree in any discipline.

Applications for the Finance and Accounting Scheme open late 2022.


Corporate Services icon Corporate Services

The Corporate Services Group (CSG) function utilises the expertise of nine specialisms that collectively enables the operational day to day running of the business. These specialisms are Business Support, Occupational Health Safety and Environment, Communications Media and Marketing, Infrastructure and Estates, Sales and Disposals, Executive Support, Policy and Parliamentary, Security and Resilience and Quality Management.

CSG are the ‘corporate glue’ that ensures DE&S’ day to day operations are run effectively to meet business objectives.

We offer the following Apprenticeship and Graduate Schemes.


CSG Degree Apprenticeship Scheme

The Corporate Services Group (CSG) Degree Apprenticeship Scheme, known as the Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship Scheme,
is a four year training and development programme in business management. Throughout the apprenticeship you’ll rotate through a range of business focused placements and build a wide network of contacts, all while you study towards achieving a BSc (Hons) degree in Management and Business with the potential to gain Chartered Manager status.

To apply you’ll need:

  • a minimum of five GCSEs A-C or grades 9-4 (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths.


  • have, or be studying to attain, two A-Levels grades A-C (or equivalent).

Applications for the Scheme open early 2023.


CSG Graduate Scheme

The CSG Graduate Scheme is a two-year development programme focused on Corporate Services roles across different areas of DE&S. 

The scheme is split into five specialisms and you’ll be asked to select your preferred specialism when you apply. The specialisms are:  

The Business Support (incorporating Business Change) specialism provides you with experience in both business support and change roles across different areas of DE&S.  

With this specialism, your experience will be underpinned by specialised training as well as study towards achieving your Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management through the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). With Business Change incorporated you’ll also work towards an APMG Change Management Foundation and Practitioner qualification. 

The Security Management specialism focuses on supporting and enabling operational success, and wider work of MoD, by protecting the people, information and physical assets needed to deliver it. 

You’ll study towards achieving a Certificate in Security Management from the Security Institute. In addition to this, you’ll also study towards achieving a Level 3 certificate in Leadership and Management through the ILM.   

The Quality Management specialism is focused on ensuring there’s an effective system of governance in place, such as planning, directing or co-ordinating internal assurance and audit programmes as well as facilitating a culture of continual improvement.   

Within this specialism you’ll study towards your Ministry of Defence Quality Licence and Chartered Quality Institute Practitioner status. Plus, you’ll also study toward completing an International Register of Certificated Auditors accredited Internal Auditor qualification.  

The Policy Profession specialism will give you experience in supporting senior officials, including the DE&S leadership team and Ministers, on parliamentary matters and high-profile business issues affecting DE&S.  

Your experience will be underpinned by specialised training specific to the role you’re in as well as study towards achieving your ILM Level 3 Certificate.  

The Infrastructure specialism provides you with experience in a range of services including policy and strategy work, planning infrastructure programme delivery and facilities management support across the DE&S sites.  

Your practical experience will be underpinned by specialised training, in addition to studying towards your Institution of Occupational Safety and Health Managing Safety qualification. 

To apply you must have, or will achieve, a 2:1 degree. 

Applications for the CSG Graduate Scheme open early 2023.


A brown logo of a bridge Engineering

The Engineering function is responsible for ensuring the equipment supplied to the front line customer is safe to operate, meets user requirement and is supportable through life. Our Engineering opportunities could be within DE&S or the SDA and will develop your technical knowledge alongside management competencies for projects, processes and people. On our schemes you’ll exploit cutting edge technology, solve complex engineering problems, ensure compliance with engineering policy standards and regulation, test and trial new equipment, and much more.

We offer three Apprenticeships, as well as a unique Engineering Graduate Scheme.


Digital Technology Degree Apprenticeship

Our Digital Technology Degree Apprenticeship’s split in to two stages, the first being a core programme followed by a more specialised course either in Software Engineering or Cyber Security.

As a Software Engineer you’ll need to ensure that what’s been designed, coded and delivered by our manufacturing partners performs as intended. To do that you need to be able to design, build and test high quality software solutions while ensuring our systems are secure.

As a Cyber Security Specialist you’ll be involved in the implementation, maintenance and support of the security controls that protect our systems and data assets.  The cyber teams’ ensure the equipment we purchase, and support, for the UK Forces, weapons, vehicles, ships, aircraft, communications systems etc… is secure and properly protected.

To find out more about the scheme, click here

Do you have what it takes to support the one of the most critical and ever-evolving parts of the UK’s Armed Forces?

To apply for the Digital Technology Degree Apprenticeship, you’ll need:

• 5 GCSEs at grade 4-9 (C to A*) including English Language, Maths and Science (preferably Physics),


• 3 A Levels including Maths minimum grade C, plus two others preferably including a science preferably physics or computer science minimum grade C (excluding general studies),


• BTEC Extended Diploma in Computer Science at triple merit level.


• a T-Level in digital Production Design and Development.

It’s also beneficial if you can demonstrate you have some demonstrable knowledge of coding/programming in languages such as Python, C++, C#.

Applications for the Digital Technology Degree Apprenticeship Scheme open early 2023.


Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship

Our Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship could be your ticket into an exciting new career. This scheme is designed to ensure that you receive the necessary skills, knowledge and experience required to embark on a rewarding career in the Ministry of Defence’s current and future programmes. On the scheme, you’ll experience technical focused work based placements within a wide range of specialist defence project teams.

You’ll also experience a comprehensive mix of practical and academic training, including the opportunity to work towards a Level 4 HNC Engineering Qualification. You can find out more about the scheme by clicking here

To apply you’ll need five full GCSEs including English Language, Maths and a Science/Engineering subject at grade A-C or 4-9, or equivalent.

Applications for the Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme open early 2023.


Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

If you’re interested in studying for a degree and earning while you learn, this is the engineering scheme for you. The first three years provide practical, vocational and academic training towards an engineering foundation degree. If you’ve the aptitude and desire to continue your studies, you can continue a further two years towards a BEng degree. Alongside your studies you’ll participate in work based placements in your selected discipline of either aerospace, electrical/electronic or mechanical

To apply you’ll need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade 4-9 (C to A*) including English Language, Maths and Science (preferably Physics).


  • Candidates must already have or will achieve 3 A Levels including Maths minimum grade C, Science (preferably Physics) minimum grade C plus one other at minimum grade C (excluding general studies).


  • Candidates must already have or will achieve a national diploma in Engineering equivalent to a minimum 96 UCAS Points.


  • Candidates must already have or will achieve a minimum of 96 UCAS points in relevant Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.

Applications for the Engineering Degree Apprenticeship Scheme open early 2023.


Engineering Graduate Scheme

We’re doing complex work that matters to the nation, and we’re driven to do it better every day. As an Engineering Graduate, you’ll spend two years developing your technical knowledge and skills to help us innovate. We offer interesting and unique work placements both within DE&S and our industry partners, with opportunities to work on exciting, innovative and in some cases, highly classified projects, that help protect the UK. The Scheme enables you to build a portfolio of evidence towards professional registration at IEng or CEng and gain knowledge across a variety of areas within your technical specialism.

The Engineering Graduate Scheme is split into three different disciplines:

• Air Systems and Platforms;

• Land, Weapon and Mission Systems and Platforms; and

• Ships Systems and Platforms.

To apply you must have, or will achieve, an accredited 2:1 Engineering degree.

Please note that the required degree specialism differs depending on the scheme discipline you choose. You’ll be able to apply for more than one discipline if your degree is listed under the essential criteria.

Applications for the DE&S Engineering Graduate Scheme open late 2022.


Benefits and discounts

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We truly believe that DE&S is a great place to work, and we offer a unique experience for our graduates and apprentices.

We want to ensure that every single employee feels appreciated and fairly rewarded and being part of the Civil Service allows to offer a very unique and attractive benefits package including discounts on cinema tickets, sport and leisure and your weekly shop.

Discover all the ways we can help you make life easier.


Meet our people

We have hundreds of amazing and inspiring apprentices and graduates across our organisation. Here are just some of their stories.

“You get the chance to work, gain qualifications and progress all at the same time. DE&S is very supportive, as there are lots of people with vast amounts of experience to learn from who are always happy to help.”

– Rachel, Project Professional Scheme

Turn your job into a career with DE&S. Find your place in our team today.

Meet Rachel

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Should you require support with the application process or require any technical assistance please contact the DBS team on 0800 345 7772.

A provisional offer informs you that you have been successful at interview subject to pre-employment checks.  At this stage we will initiate the necessary pre-employment checks, such as security clearance and medical questionnaires. If you are an external candidate, you are strongly advised not to give notice to your current employer until pre-employment checks have successfully been concluded.

Your provisional offer will inform you of the pre-employment checks.  The security checks, which are undertaken by National Security Vetting (NSV) Agency, usually take the longest to complete so you will be invited to commence this aspect once you have been informed that you have completed your interview, as this reduces delays. An invitation to begin the security clearance process is not a guarantee that you will be given an offer.

All candidates will be required to undertake security clearances to the level the role requires prior to commencing employment.  Assuming the candidate completes their security forms and references are returned in a timely fashion, and that no further checks or documents are required, we would expect the individual to be advised that we are in the position to make a formal offer of employment and start discussions to agree an appropriate starting date.

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