Cyber Degree Apprenticeship

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About the course

Job description
Dstl employs some of the world’s brightest people. We are always on the lookout for talented, dedicated, creative and innovative individuals to join us.  If you have a passion for science and technology, we have an exciting opportunity in our Cyber and Information Systems Division to undertake a Cyber Degree Apprenticeship. You will be joining our team of highly skilled and dedicated employees based at our Porton Down site in Salisbury.  You’ll have the opportunity to learn from colleagues who are experts in their field, and gain insights that can only come from real world experience. The roles we offer are different to a stereotypical ‘computer hacker’ role and we will draw on your interests by expecting you to think creatively about your work.  The role of a Cyber Degree Apprentice will be integral to supporting the development of the UK’s cyber, security and defence capabilities. Work as part of a team to develop and deliver scientific, software or engineering solutions to the UK’s defence & security issues.  At the end of the scheme you will have had a good mix of academic and work-based learning experiences to ensure you develop the skills that will support you and the organisation in the future.  Apprenticeships are a ladder of opportunity, giving young people and adults the chance they deserve to get on and fulfil their potential. Dstl apprenticeships give you the opportunity to earn while you learn. We have a diverse and inclusive workforce making us an employer of choice.  At Dstl, as well as a rewarding career in defence science and technology, we operate a broad total reward and recognition package including  • 25 days annual leave  • flexible working  • an on-site gym  • Restaurants & other facilities  As a member of the 5% club, we’re committed to ensuring that 5% of our workforce are apprentices, graduates or sponsored students on a structured programme over the next five years.  The Level 6/BSc Degree Cyber apprenticeship will be a 4 year fixed term appointment.  All Dstl posts require standard Security Clearance (SC). This position will also require Developed Vetting (DV) and candidates should have resided in the UK for the past 10 years.   
Person specification
You must be able to demonstrate most of the below:  • A passion in applying computer science and/or electronics knowledge to provide solutions to difficult challenges;  • The ability to think clearly, systematically and logically;  • An aptitude for picking up new technologies and understanding how they work quickly;  • The ability to demonstrate some technical knowledge and practical skills in computing (we anticipate this will have been acquired outside the work environment);  • A willingness to take responsibility for your own learning outcomes;  • The flexibility to work in a technically demanding environment that is subject to frequent change. 

We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Essential  Delivery at Pace Remaining focused on your apprenticeship and placement work, maintaining consistent performance and take responsibility for your own work and behaviours. 
  • Collaborating and Partnering  Work with professional colleagues, ask for help when required, look at work from others perspectives when issues arise, listen to others and be sensitive and understand the impact you have on others. Able to work successfully with external providers/contractors as well as internal colleagues 
  • Leading and Communicating  Act fairly, show respect to everyone and choose appropriate communication methods. Appreciate the points of view of other people. 
  • Building Capability for all  Push forward your own development by keeping up-to-date in your work and apprenticeship, find ways to learn and personally improve. Take on feedback effectively and contribute to the teams shared learning and understanding. Identify your own skills gaps and seek training in these areas.
  • See the Big Picture  Understand Dstl’s business; understand what is expected of you and your role and how you contribute to Dstl.
Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.
In return for playing your part in the UK’s defence and security, we offer extensive benefits that include everything from a pension and generous leave, to excellent learning and development opportunities – all in addition to a competitive salary. Our sites are equipped with gyms and restaurants. But it’s not just your working environment that we’ve thought about. Your home life is important too, which is why we offer childcare voucher and a flexible work-life balance. In short, we’ve done our best to ensure that our rewards reflect your talents.
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
Selection process details
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.
Grade entry qualifications
Academic qualifications of 300UCAS points (120 as per new tariff) or above at A-Level standard or equivalent, to include at least two STEM based subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Electronic, Maths.  Please note UCAS points awarded for AS levels are not counted.  Plus 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-B which must include Mathematics, English Language and Double Science or equivalent qualification.
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.

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