“DE&S is not just a place to get a job, but a place to pursue a career.”
Why did you choose to pursue a career in DE&S?
It is a very diverse and interesting place to work. There is a great sense of achievement and fulfilment knowing that by doing your job well, you are equipping and supporting the UK’s armed forces to help keep our country safe.
What does your role entail?
I support the Land Equipment HQ and Operational Infrastructure teams by assisting them with any admin assistance they may require. Every day is different as we respond to the needs of our people on a case by case basis, this means I never know what the next working day will bring.
How have DE&S helped you progress?
What are the opportunities to develop and progress within your function?
We have adopted a new and improved learning strategy. 70:20:10 allows individuals to spread their learning across many different styles.
70% of our learning will be done “on the job”, meaning you will gain valuable workplace skills and be able to put them into action immediately.
20% of our learning will be through informal sessions, such as interactive workshops, events, or lectures on site.
There is a vast range of events and sessions available onsite. There are also opportunities to visit other MOD sites across the UK.
And 10% of our learning is through formal sessions, such as courses or exams that provide a recognised qualification.
So, there are learning styles available to suit everyone.
What motivates you?
What do you most enjoy about your job?
The people. DE&S is a diverse and friendly place to work. The Bristol Abbey Wood site is home to approximately over 8,000 people, making us one of the largest employers in Filton, but it’s these individuals put together is what makes DE&S a real community.
What’s your ambition?
I hope to continue my career in DE&S and working in the committee for the employee run PRIDE Network.
My main goal is to help create an inclusive and welcoming home for all DE&S irrespective of their differences.
What’s the greatest achievement (in your role) to date?
In previous months I was fortunate enough to have a very active role in successfully embedding transformation across the Corporate Services Function.
I assisted with the engagement side of transformation, organising and facilitating large events to improve our people and develop our process.
What are the social benefits of working for DE&S?
There are many sports teams and activities on offer, as well as an on-site gym with fitness instructors.
DE&S promotes a flexible working pattern which I find extremely helpful for managing my work-life balance.
DE&S also offers an excellent Civil Service pension scheme, so I know that my future retirement will be taken care of.
Working in defence also makes you eligible for defence discount schemes, meaning you can get cheap cinema tickets, money back on supermarket shops, 20% off certain clothing brands, 10% off at some fast food chains, and loads more!