DE&S offers a number of top class graduate and apprenticeship opportunities, providing successful applicants with “hands-on” experience in roles across a range of projects.

If you have recently left school or university and are interested in embarking on a career in defence but do not yet have the experience/skills required for our listed vacancies, DE&S offers a number of top class graduate and apprenticeship opportunities, providing successful applicants with “hands-on” experience in roles across a range of projects.

Engineering opportunities

The MOD's Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) organisation offers a wide variety of exciting training schemes to suit your educational qualifications.
This includes our Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) Graduate Scheme, which offers world-class opportunities and is widely recognised as one of the very best graduate development schemes for engineers and scientists in the UK.

We believe that the quality and variety of our graduate training programme, our accelerated path to chartership and incorporated status, our personal mentoring and huge investment in each new entrant, sets us apart from competitors in the engineering and science field. (Please note: the DESG page also includes details of other schemes, our unique Defence Sixth Form College opportunity, our university sponsorship offers, and information on how to apply to each of the individual schemes.)

For those not seeking a graduate scheme, the DE&S also offers the DE&S Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme, suitable for anyone over the age of 16 in possession of the minimum GCSE requirements. This scheme provides you with an amazing opportunity to gain engineering qualifications and experience, whilst at the same time you earn a good salary and look forward to an exciting engineering career in the DE&S organisation.

Defence Commercial Graduate Programme

The Defence Commercial Graduate Programme provides a career opportunity in Purchasing and Contract Management in the Ministry of Defence (MOD). From army boots to aircraft, and everything in between, the MOD purchases a range of equipment every year to support the Armed Forces in both UK and overseas operations.

And it does not stop there; much of the equipment we purchase does not come off the shelf, so an essential part of the job is negotiating the details of the contracts we place, agreeing the terms of delivery and managing the equipment into service and beyond.

The Defence Commercial Graduate Programme is recruited for annually and is a 2 year commercial development programme. Graduates with a minimum 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in any subject are eligible to apply, however those with degrees in business management, law, politics, finance, science, engineering or defence-related disciplines may be particularly interested. Applicants are assessed via the MOD Management Competency Test and an assessment centre.

Full details on the programme and how to apply are available via the Defence Commercial Graduate Programme brochure.

Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme

The Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme gives talented school-leavers the opportunity to work in government.

You can apply for the annual scheme if you are between 18 and 21. If you are successful, you will be placed in a government department in September.

You will go through a structured training programme for at least 2 years, where you will develop a range of skills. At the end of the scheme you will be able to apply for graduate career jobs.

Types of roles

You will start at management level. Roles include being an Assistant Parliamentary Secretary in a minister’s private office. This includes responsibility for a specific area of their portfolio or helping to develop a new policy by working with interested groups and other government departments.

Read about the experiences of current apprentices:

  • Rya - Department for Education
  • Cora - Crown Prosecution Service
  • Conor - Department for Education
  • Ayath - HM Revenue and Customs

The Apprenticeship

You will be working towards a level 4 higher apprenticeship qualification.

You will need to study and do written assignments as well as your full-time job. You will be given time during your working week for study but you will also need to study during evenings and weekends.

To apply you must:

  • be a non-graduate
  • have at least 5 GCSEs (grades A* to C) including English language and maths
  • be aged between 18 and 21

Current vacancies

If you are looking for an exciting opportunity in an organisation with a diverse portfolio, offering first-class training and development, along with the chance to work on some complex, high-profile programmes, then the MOD is the place to work.

We currently have a number of vacancies for graduates and apprentices within our teams. To find out more and apply, please click on the relevant link below.

Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) Graduate Scheme

DE&S Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme