DE&S IM&IT Digital Technology Software Developer Apprenticeship Scheme

Ministry of Defence

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 30th January 2023



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Per annum (plus benefits)

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MOD - Defence Equipment & Support

Type of role

Information Technology

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MOD Abbey Wood, Bristol BS34 8JH

Job summary

At Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), we're here to provide for the Armed Forces, as they serve our country all over the world. We support those on the front line by providing cutting-edge equipment and technology for land, sea, air and space. We deliver the kit the UK military needs to maintain advantage and stay protected, as they protect life at home and overseas.

You want to be an expert in your field one day. We want to help make it happen. Whichever area you join us in, you’ll discover new talents, pinpoint new ambitions, find a home among a diverse team – and be empowered to turn your gifts into an incredible career. Ready for real investment in your future? We’re developing tomorrow’s talent today. 

Job description

What sets DE&S apart is the focus we put on you. We help you find your flair and then plan a flourishing career around what you love. And along the way, you’ll enjoy real rewards for the work you do, with competitive benefits and career progression. As a DE&S apprentice, you’ll find real support to reach your potential – so you can become a leader in your field.

As part of our team, you'll benefit from plenty of routes for development, access to specialist training and funding for professional qualifications, and a c.27% employer pension contribution. You’ll also have access to a wide range of employee networks, including the Women’s Inclusive Network, Race & Culture Network, Pride Network, Disability Network – and many more.

A range of apprenticeship opportunities have arisen within our forward-thinking Entry Talent Centre of Expertise here at DE&S, based at Bristol Abbey Wood.

The Information Management & Information Technology (IM&IT) function within DE&S is looking for motivated people to join our organisation and help shape the future of IM&IT in UK Defence.

The DE&S IM&IT Digital Technology Software Developer Apprenticeship Scheme is a two-year development programme focused on software development within DE&S. Throughout the duration of your apprenticeship, we’ll challenge you to be a key part of high-performing teams delivering meaningful work. We’ll support your development by providing you with the opportunity to take on high-profile defence projects supporting you in your development and enhancing your technical skills. You’ll rotate through several placements within DE&S specific to your specialist area, both supporting your development and delivering key business outputs.

Your hands on experience will be underpinned by MoD and DE&S specific training, as well as studying towards achieving your Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship over a two-year period. Training will be delivered by a training provider.

You’ll undertake the following duties as a minimum:

  • Agile ceremonies such as daily stand ups, backlog refinement sessions, sprint reviews and retrospectives.
  • Discovery activities; for new work - understanding the customers’ requirement and user story generation/refinement.
  • Using paired programming; alongside existing developers to achieve development activities.
  • Testing and quality assurance activities; checking quality of outputs of work undertaken by the team.
  • Contributing to the team’s continuous improvement and Research & Development tasks that help the team and individuals develop their technical excellence.

Experience of the Microsoft Power Platform, Oracle Apex or .NET will help you maximise your success in this specialism.

Because of the classification of some of the information related to certain projects, some work-based placements may be open to Sole UK Nationals only.

Your duty station will be MoD Abbey Wood, Bristol, BS34 8JH and you will be required to attend site regularly as required by your placement and / or your scheme.  

Person specification

You’ll be involved in the following:

• Contributing to the work of the team and function to support continuous improvement and IM&IT change.
• Working methodically through analysing and supporting the creation of documentation of business processes, datasets, system designs, services and information security.
• Learning and applying policies, procedures and standards incorporating these into documentation and project work.
• Regularly exploring information, data, models and software applications and the IT infrastructure within DE&S and wider MoD.
• Identifying and suggesting process improvements and raising them with your team.
• Growing your personal network across business areas to support your development.
• Exploring all IT disciplines within DE&S to identify areas to specialise in and grow deeper knowledge.
• Growing your knowledge of the production of business models and assisting in the preparation of business cases to support change and innovation.
• Growing your technical knowledge across the IT landscape and operational teams.
• Exploring all communities of practice within IM&IT and participating in working groups.

The Ministry of Defence is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for its staff which includes educating staff on the benefits of not smoking, protecting them from the harms associated with second-hand smoke and supporting those who want to give up smoking. Under the Tobacco-Free Working Environment (TFWE) programme, Smoking and the use of all tobacco products (including combustible and chewing tobacco products) will not be permitted anywhere, unless stated otherwise, in the Defence working environment by 31st December 2022. Those seeking, considering, or accepting employment should be aware of this requirement.

You must have the right of abode in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the EEA (including other countries determined within the EEA or those with bilateral agreements), for at least the previous three years on the first day of learning.

As a result of the changes to the UK immigration rules which came into effect on 1 January 2021, the Ministry of Defence will only offer sponsorship for a skilled worker visa under the points-based system, where a role has been deemed to be business critical. 
The role currently being advertised has not been assessed as business critical and is therefore NOT open to applications from those who will require sponsorship under the points-based system. Should you apply for this role and be found to require sponsorship, your application will be rejected, and any provisional offer of employment withdrawn.


You must have, or will achieve by September 2023, the following qualifications:

Essential Criteria:
• Five full GCSEs at A*-C or grades 4-9 (or equivalent) to include Maths and English Language.
• a full A Level in ICT or Computer Science at grade A* - D
• a BTEC Extended Diploma in IT or Computing at a minimum grade Triple Pass (PPP)
• have successfully completed a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in a relevant subject

You are encouraged to apply with your predicted grades. Evidence of the above qualifications will be required as part of your pre-employment checks before a formal offer can be made.

•Experience, knowledge and skills relevant to the apprenticeship.
• Experience of interacting with and updating IT and Information Systems (IS) tools.
• Working knowledge and understanding of relevant IT and IS principles and frameworks.


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

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions

Alongside training and development, you’ll receive the following great benefits:

  • £20,800 Starting Salary – with annual increments
  • 25 days holiday a year, plus 1 day a year up to 30 days, 8 bank holidays and a day off for the King’s birthday
  • A market-leading employer pension contribution of around 27 percent, and recognition awards
  • Hybrid working (wherever possible) to support your work-life balance
  • Opportunity to work flexibility after 6 months
  • Use of our on-site gym, restaurant, and cafes.
  • A huge range of discounts including retail, sports, leisure, restaurants, gifts, days out, holidays, cinema, motoring, insurance, health care, gym memberships, and more

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.

Initial Application – 3rd January – 30th January 2023

Create via your CS Jobs Account

Full Application – 3rd January – 30th January 2023

Numeracy, and Civil Service judgement online tests.

If you pass both tests, you’ll then complete a full application and upload your CV and a personal statement. (250 words)

Your CV must clearly demonstrate the following areas (which you will be assessed against in a CV sift):

  • Key Achievements.
  • Relevant Experience.
  • Applied Knowledge and Skills.

Your Personal Statement must clearly evidence your past experience of practical application of any of the following skills: 

  • Coding
  • Programming
  • Scripting
  • Cloud activities

For additional guidance on writing a CV for DE&S, please click here 

Please allow sufficient time to complete the tests and the remainder of the application form.

Sift – January & February 2023

We will check that you meet any essential or eligibility criteria listed in this advert. Your CV will be assessed using a simple numerical scoring system.

Assessment Centre – March 2023

The top scoring candidates will be invited to an assessment centre in Bristol. We will assess you through team exercises, an interview, and a presentation, aligned to our Behaviours above.

Provisional Offer – April 2023

Once all interviews have taken place, we will make provisional offers to the successful candidates and begin your pre-employment checks. Please be aware these checks can take several months to complete, however we will remain in contact throughout the process.

Formal Offer

Following successful completion of all pre-employment checks you can expect to receive a formal offer and contract at least 1 month before the scheme start date in November 2023.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


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.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : DE&S Entry Talent Recruitment Team
  • Email :

Recruitment team :

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Further information

Applicants should monitor their Civil Service Jobs application centre regularly for updates.

Some of MoD’s Terms and Conditions of Service (TACOS) changed from 3 February 2014. Those TACOS changes applied to Broader Banded and Skill Zone staff who were new recruits to MoD or who were appointed to a post on substantive promotion, progression or advancement. On the same basis, the TACOS for Departmental Retained Grades changed with effect from 01 September 2014.

All employees joining MOD who are new to the Civil Service will be subject to a 6-month probation period (unless otherwise advised) effective from the employment start date.

Following the introduction of the new Government scheme Tax Free Childcare, the Childcare Voucher scheme has now closed to new entrants. Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service on or after 5 October 2018 may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers. You can find out more about Tax Free Childcare at


Please be aware that the selection and interviewing of applicants is the responsibility of the Recruiting Line Manager (RLM) and not the Defence Business Services (DBS) Resourcing team. DBS do not play any part in the selection and interview process.

Therefore, if you are dissatisfied in any way with the selection process, you should raise a complaint in accordance with the guidance set out in the Further Information Guidance document attached.

If you are dissatisfied with the service you have received from DBS, or believe that DBS has failed to follow the recruitment process in line with the Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of Fair and Open competition, you can raise a formal complaint. by writing to DBS at the following address:

Complaints Management Team, Defence Business Services, Oak Building Mail Point #6109, MOD Abbey Wood North, Bristol, BS34 8QW

If after raising your complaint with DBS you remain dissatisfied you can complain directly to the Civil Service Commission at the following address:

Civil Service commission, Room G/8, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ

Or by email:

Cabinet Office Fraud Checks

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant whose details are found to be held on the IFD will be refused employment

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