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If you’re looking to start your career after secondary school, our unique Apprenticeship schemes will offer you new challenges every day. You’ll get exposure to some of the world’s most cutting-edge technologies along with practical insights into the innovative ways we use them to provide intelligence to our customers.

It's a unique opportunity to develop advanced skills, while helping us to grow our technical capabilities. You'll learn while you earn, gain a recognised qualification and build your experience and confidence in the workplace. We want you to get ahead by building on the things that make you, you.

We offer two apprenticeships:


    This is a Higher Apprenticeship like no other. Working with GCHQ, MI5 and MI6, you’ll gain unique insights into a world that you won’t find on any university course. Think cyber threats, terrorism, espionage and organised crime. Our work is constantly evolving and always challenging, giving you lots of new opportunities to explore and huge scope for development.

    Over the two-year programme, you’ll get a mix of university-delivered classroom and lab education in state-of-the-art facilities along with technical training, mentoring and job shadowing, and hands-on, work-based placements and projects.

    Your first year will be based in Cheltenham – in your second year, you might work at MI5 or MI6 in London. Either way, you’ll be taking on real business challenges in areas like software engineering, telecommunications, information assurance and cyber operations. There’s a strong emphasis on programming and technology, so a keen interest in these areas is important.

    Join us, and you won’t just be learning about some of the world’s most advanced technology. You’ll also be developing softer skills like teamwork, communication and leadership, while earning a competitive salary and benefits. As well as that, the Higher Apprenticeship will lead to a Foundation Degree in Communications, Security and Engineering and a Level 4 Diploma in IT, Software, Web and Telecommunications Competence. At the end of the apprenticeship, you’ll continue to develop as you help us to further advance our technical capabilities – and our ability to tackle ongoing threats to national security.

    Find out more about what two of our recent Apprentices have to say about their experiences.


    We’re looking for motivated, technically orientated individuals to join our three-year BSc Honours Degree Apprenticeship scheme based in Manchester, starting in September 2017.

    The programme will lead to exciting roles within GCHQ where you’ll be working with teams across the business to build technology that helps catch terrorists, and improves our ability to tackle threats to national security.  Over the course of the three years you’ll enjoy exhilarating, hands-on work to help us build and maintain some of the world's most sophisticated electronic equipment. You’ll be a vital part of a dynamic team that ensures the UK Government can operate in cyber space with confidence and can stay ahead of the swift pace demanded by the evolving digital world.

    Our Degree Apprenticeship programme combines university accredited classroom and lab education in state-of-the-art facilities with technical training, mentoring and job shadowing, and work-based placements and projects. The programme combines a mix of classroom based learning, and placements within a software related business area.

    You’ll be learning about and working with some of the most advanced technology, and you’ll be developing a broad range of competencies including teamwork, communication and leadership skills. You will receive full training and support throughout the programme, as well as a salary and all the benefits you’d expect from a Civil Service organisation.

    Don’t miss out on this alternative to university if you have (or are expecting) three A levels at BBC or above (or equivalent), including 2 A levels in STEM subjects.


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