Project Professional Graduate Scheme2022-07-12T13:22:16+01:00

Project Professional Graduate Scheme

The Project Professional Graduate Scheme offers you an opportunity like no other. On the Scheme you’ll have the chance to develop your skills through hands on learning and training, including working towards a professional qualification.

You’ll be able to work within Delivery teams that procure and support the equipment for our armed forces.

You’ll work alongside Project Managers, Finance and Commercial Officers, Inventory Managers, Technical experts, 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 three placements providing you with the opportunity to learn a variety of skills including:

  • Project Support
  • Risk Management
  • Planning and Scheduling
  • Estimating
  • Cost engineering
  • Cost controls.


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

Year One

You’ll start your first placement on arrival into DE&S where you’ll be provided the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the organisation and start your onward career development.  From here you’ll start to build your knowledge, skills, learning and experience as you support and delivery to our customers from within your placement teams.

Year Two

You’ll continue your rotation throughout the business working on various projects to enhance and build on your development. You’ll also be studying towards your professional qualification alongside your work placements.

What you’ll receive

Bespoke training

You’ll receive specialist training while you’re on placements and you’ll be working towards an APM Project Management Qualification.

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.

End of Scheme

  • Once you’ve successfully completed the scheme you can regrade into a permanent role in one of the sub-function specialisms.

Selection process

Stage 1

As part of your application process you’ll complete an initial online application and an online situational judgement test.

Stage 2

Once you pass the test, you’ll then complete a full application and this includes uploading your CV. Your CV will need to clearly demonstrate the following areas:

  • Key achievements.
  • Relevant experience.
  • Applied knowledge and skills.

Stage 3

If you’re a top scoring candidate you’ll be invited to a formal interview to discuss your Key achievements, Relevant experience and Applied knowledge & skills. You’ll also be assessed against the technical competences and the listed behaviours, aligned to our DE&S Behaviours.

Entry Requirements

To apply you must have a degree or be predicted to achieve a degree (minimum third class). It’s also beneficial for your CV to demonstrate any relevant experience, such as project skills, including through internships or placements.

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

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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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

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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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