Dstl provides in-Government Science and technology support on highly sensitive issues of national security, working with colleagues across government as well as international organisations.

We’re always on the lookout for talented, creative, dedicated and innovative individuals to join us. Every single person, role, and team in our organisation plays its part in helping us keep the country safe.

We currently have requirements for Electronic Technical Apprentices to join our team from September 2020 on an advanced level apprenticeship. There are two entry levels for this apprenticeship dependent upon qualifications.
Level 1 (4 years duration)
Level 2 (2 years duration).
Job description
During your apprenticeship, whether you are involved with work supporting our colleagues such as the Home Office, MoD, National Crime Agency, Army, Navy and other government departments, you will be part of a supportive team with the opportunity to develop and learn about the exciting work of Dstl.

You will be encouraged and supported through the programme to take ownership of your development through Independent Learning to realise your full potential.

This Apprenticeship will consist of a mixture of classroom based learning and practical work within an engineering/electronic workshop, taught through a structured training program (duration dependent upon entry level qualification).

You will be following the pathway detailed below:
Electronic pathway you will learn electronics, fault finding, testing equipment, and calibration of equipment, a basic understanding of mechanical manufacturing and CAD design.

This Apprenticeship is a tremendous opportunity to develop a practical and academic understanding of the underlying technical abilities required that will enable you to access further opportunities to develop your career path.

We are looking for someone who has:
• Existing knowledge and understanding of electronic engineering/technology .
• A desire and the ability to learn new concepts.
• A passion for problem solving and understanding how things work

Important Information
The security of our work means that only UK nationals who have also resided in the UK for the last 5 years (10 years for certain roles) can be considered. Some roles will require Developed Vetting (DV). Unfortunately dual nationals cannot be considered.
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Communicating and Influencing
Delivering at Pace
Working Together
Developing Self and Others
Managing a Quality Service
We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

Delivering at Pace
Managing a Quality Service
Technical skills
We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

Explain why your skills will suit this apprenticeship. Give an example of whey you have used these skills.

We’ll provide a great range of benefits including;
• Flexible working
• Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay
• Chartership and accreditation support
• Pension
• Generous annual leave
• A competitive salary
• Excellent learning and development
• Onsite gyms and restaurants
• Staff discounts for high street and online shopping, restaurants and days out.

Our Diversity Networks

Dstl recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution. We have a number of support networks to ensure all employees feel supported at work.

These include the following;
– Sexual Orientation and Gender Network
– Faith and Culture Network
– Parents and Carer Support Network
– Alternative Working Network
– Gender Equality Network
– New Starters Network
– Enabled Network
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.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Ability, Experience and Technical skills.
Full details of the entry level requirements are in the attached job profile.

This is a fully funded level 3 apprenticeship, If you already hold a equivalent qualification within a similar subject you may not be eligible for this apprenticeship.

As part of the application you will be required to complete Verbal Reasoning & Numerical Reasoning Ability Tests. You will require internet connection to complete these. The tests are offered in order one after the other so once you have successfully completed the first ability test, you will be invited to start the second. Each test should take about 45 minutes to complete so you will need to allow approximately 1.5 hours to complete all of them. Please complete tests straight after completing your application form.

Practice Tests can be found at

We recommend that you complete your online tests by 10th March 2020 to allow you time to complete the full application form.

Your application will be assessed on your answers to the Technical question and your statement of suitability.

If you are selected for further assessment this will consist of a technical and Behavioral interview lasting approximately 1 hour. There may be the opportunity to see the working area.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.
Nationality requirements
Open to UK nationals only.

This job is not open to candidates who hold a dual nationality.
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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.