Project Delivery Apprenticeship Scheme2023-02-14T09:14:58+00:00

Project Delivery Apprenticeship Scheme

The Project Delivery Apprenticeship Scheme offers you the exciting opportunity to develop your skills through hands on learning combined with a structured training programme. You’ll work towards the L4 Apprenticeship and an internationally recognised professional qualification.

You’ll work within Delivery teams that procure and support the equipment for our armed forces, alongside Project Managers, Finance and Commercial Officers, Inventory Managers, Risk Managers and Military colleagues to ensure that the equipment purchased, and the support provided, is fit for purpose and achieves the best possible value for money.

You’ll typically rotate through two one-year placements providing you with the opportunity to learn a variety of skills including:

  • Project Controls Management
  • Project Support
  • Risk Management
  • Planning and Scheduling
  • Estimating and Cost Control

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During the two-year development programme, you’ll focus on roles across different business areas within DE&S.

Year One

When joining DE&S you’ll start your first placement where you’ll familiarise yourself with the organisation and start your onward career development.  From here, you’ll start to build your knowledge, skills, and experience as you support and deliver to our customers from within your placement teams. You’ll also start working with your training provider on the portfolio of evidence documenting your apprenticeship journey.

Year Two

You’ll continue your rotation through the business working on different projects to enhance and build on your development. You’ll be providing further evidence towards your apprenticeship portfolio. Plus, you’ll be studying towards your professional qualification.

End of Scheme

Once you’ve achieved the Level 4 Apprenticeship and successfully completed the scheme, you can move into a permanent role in one of the sub-function specialisms.

Bespoke training

  • Specialist training while you’re on placements.
  • A structured development programme with an external training provider.
  • Working towards an APM Project Management Qualification.

Entry Requirements

  • To apply you must have 5 GCSEs at grade C to A* (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths;


  • you must already have, or will achieve, two A Levels at grade D to A* in any subject (or equivalent).

It’s also beneficial for your CV to demonstrate any relevant experience, such as project skills, including through work experience or extra-curricular activities.

We are seeking individuals who are talented, motivated, and skilled apprentices to join our Project Professional Apprenticeship Scheme and become our Project Delivery Professionals of the future.

Help and support

  • There’s plenty of support available on this Scheme. You’ll have:
    • A dedicated scheme manager who’ll be responsible for co-ordinating your professional training and development throughout the scheme.
    • A placement supervisor who’ll oversee your day-to-day management and provide on the job development opportunities.
    • A dedicated skills coach providing you with learning that will complement your everyday activities.

Selection process

When applying, you’ll complete an initial online application and be required to undertake an online numerical, verbal and Civil Service judgement test.

If you pass all tests, you’ll then complete a full application and upload your CV (please note the specific CV requirements on the job advert).

Finally, the top scoring candidates will be invited to an assessment centre in Bristol.

This scheme is due to open in late 2023.

Benefits and discounts

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.

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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.

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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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