Intelligence Agencies apprenticeships

To help combat the increasing threats that Britain faces from terrorists, hackers and cyber fraudsters, GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 are searching for technically-minded apprentices.

For prospective programmers and tech-savvy talent, an apprenticeship could be a tempting alternative to a university degree – and a unique start to a career – but time is running out with the closing date fast approaching.

A spokesperson representing Careers in British Intelligence said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for recruits to get unique insights and perspectives into the work of the intelligence services. In addition, the opportunity to do real hands-on work that makes a difference to keeping the country safe makes this Apprenticeship exciting and different. We have been offering apprenticeships for a number of years and see a huge amount of value in them for our work.”

The two schemes available are aimed at young people interested in technology and coding. With a mix of classroom-based learning and practical experience they could lead to a recognised qualification and, potentially, a full-time job

The British Intelligence Higher Apprenticeship in IT, Software, Internet and Telecoms leads to a Foundation Degree and offers a year working in Cheltenham with placements at GCHQ or even in London, possibly at MI5, MI6 or the National Crime Agency (NCA) afterwards.

The second, a three-year Technical Apprenticeship scheme based in the Greater Manchester area, leads to a BSc Honours Degree and will give apprentices the opportunity to build and maintain some of the world’s most sophisticated electronic equipment amongst other exciting things.

Both schemes are in many ways like any other Apprenticeship in that they allow participants to earn a salary while they build up their technical expertise and develop soft skills like teamwork, communication and leadership. But our apprentices also gain a unique insight into a world otherwise hidden behind closed doors and take on the responsibility of being entrusted with access to top secret information. It can be daunting at first, but they quickly get used to it.

The closing date for both schemes is 14 November 2016.

GCHQ are particularly keen to encourage applications from women, as part of their effort to promote STEM careers for women across the UK, and from ethnic minorities to maintain their commitment to a diverse workforce.

For further details on both schemes and to apply, visit the GCHQ careers website: