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DE&S/SDA Engineering Degree Apprenticeship


Join an integral part of the UK's defence and play your part in the procurement and in-service support of all our armed forces’ equipment, fighter jets, submarines, armoured vehicles and aircraft carriers, clothing, food and ammunition.

If you’ve got the pride, passion and commitment to be part of an exciting organisation at the forefront of supporting our country's armed forces, and help to deliver on operations at home and abroad, apply online now.

Job description

Starting September 2021, successful applicants will undertake a comprehensive framework of practical and academic training, including a full degree for individuals with the greatest potential. Apprentices will also complete several work-based training placements at various locations within the UK while completing relevant vocational qualifications in preparation for engineering roles within the MOD’s current and future programmes.

As a DE&S Aerospace Degree Engineering Apprentice, you'll be part of the team responsible for supporting the UK Services fixed and rotary wing aircraft. This includes combat aircraft such as the Typhoon and Lightning. Tanker and transport aircraft like the C130-J Hercules, A400M and Voyager. Training aircraft like the Hawk and Tucano and a whole range of helicopters including, Chinook, Apache, Wildcat and Lynx. You may also be involved in our programme of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles including Reaper, Watchkeeper and Desert Hawk.

As a DE&S Weapons, Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives (WOME) Degree Engineering Apprentice you'll be part of the team responsible for providing the UK’s Armed Forces with battle winning weapons, ordnance, munitions and explosives. This includes current and future Weapons Programmes, for example Meteor air-to-air missile, Brimstone, as well as small arms and weapons integration onto platforms.

As an SDA Nuclear Degree Engineering Apprentice, you'll be part of the SDA and the organisation responsible for supporting the Royal Navy with their fleet of submarines. During your apprenticeship you'll be involved in a whole range of programmes including Dreadnought and Vanguard Class Ballistic Missile Submarines as well as the Astute and Trafalgar Class of attack submarines.


You’ll participate in structured training and gather experience and knowledge through several work-based placements to learn and then apply engineering/scientific concepts and principles in a defence environment. You’ll be involved with the following:

•Participating in assigned educational training to develop own capabilities in a defence context.

•Delivering engineering products/services against agreed objectives to develop knowledge and experience and add value to the team and wider business.

•Building awareness and understanding of how the engineering function and wider business operates to assist in own development and career progression.

•Identifying opportunities to develop knowledge and experience to progress as an apprentice to Engineering Technician in the time specified.

•Providing support to colleagues in their specialist area and actively contribute to team meetings to help with the work of the team.

•Building and maintaining a network of internal business contacts and peers to gain knowledge and identify opportunities to learn and develop.

What you will be assessed against
Your CV must demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• Candidates must have 5 GCSEs at grade C to A* including English, Maths and Science (preferably Physics).
• Candidates must already have or will achieve 3 A Levels including Maths minimum grade B, 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 104 UCAS Points.
• Candidates must already have or will achieve a minimum of 104 UCAS points in relevant STEM subjects.

It is also beneficial to your application if you can demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• You’re working towards Engineering Technician status.
•Relevant work experience, demonstrating project skills, including through internships or placements.
•You’re a student member of a Professional Engineering / Science Institute or equivalent body.

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
•Communicating and Influencing.
•Working Together.

Technical skills
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
•Technical requirements, evaluation and acceptance.

Because of the classification of much of the work in the Defence Nuclear Degree Apprenticeship, these posts open to Sole UK Nationals only.

Successful Defence Nuclear Degree Apprenticeship applicants will also have to go through Developed Vetting (DV) Clearance.


Alongside training and development, you’ll receive the following great benefits:

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

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

Stage 1: Initial application and CV upload. You must also attach a statement of suitability; what makes you a good candidate for the role and your motivation for applying, including your preferred scheme; Nuclear, Aerospace, WOME.

For additional guidance on writing a CV for DE&S, please click here

Stage 2: Following an initial sift, candidates meeting the relevant minimum qualifications will be called for online numeracy, literacy and Engineering aptitude tests.
Applicants that pass all tests will then be assessed against the following areas in a CV sift:

• Key Achievements.
• Relevant Experience.
• Applied Knowledge and Skills.

Stage 3: The top scoring candidates from the sift will be invited to an assessment day involving leadership, team working, engineering, mechanical and logical tests, as well as safe distance group practical problem solving challenges.

Stage 4: This is followed by a formal interview to discuss your Key Achievements, Relevant Experience and Applied knowledge & Skills. In addition to the above, you'll also be assessed against a technical competence and the listed behaviours, aligned to our DE&S Behaviours which can be found attached at the bottom of the page.

Following completion of all pre-employment checks candidates can expect to start employment in September 2021.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :Name :
Laura Brindle - Entry Talent Recruitment ManagerEmail :
Recruitment team :Email :

Further information

Applicants should monitor their Civil Service Jobs application centre regularly for updates.

Some of MoD’s Terms and Conditions of Service (TACOS) changed from 3 February 2014. Those TACOS changes applied to Broader Banded and Skill Zone staff who were new recruits to MoD or who were appointed to a post on substantive promotion, progression or advancement. On the same basis, the TACOS for Departmental Retained Grades changed with effect from 01 September 2014.

All employees joining MOD who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a 6-month probation period (unless otherwise advised) effective from the employment start date.

Following the introduction of the new Government scheme Tax Free Childcare, the Childcare Voucher scheme has now closed to new entrants. Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service on or after 5 October 2018 may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You can find out more about Tax Free Childcare at

DE&S/SDA Engineering Degree Apprenticeship

Bristol, UK
Degree Apprenticeships
££15,000 - £20,000

Published on 18 Jan 2021

Deadline 21 Feb 2021