Electronic Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

Last updated 5 hours ago
Job Type:Full Time


Based at Dstl Porton Down, 1st yr is at Wiltshire College Chippenham

About the job


This bespoke programme has been developed in partnership with our training provider, Wiltshire College Chippenham, to enable apprentices to acquire the underpinning knowledge and skills required for a range of roles.
Our vision is to create a Gateway of opportunities within which you will learn about Dstl. This is a great way to explore future career pathways and to develop and demonstrate a wide ranging skill set.
On successful completion of the Apprenticeship the training programme has previously led to many exciting roles across the business. These have included: Range Technician, Workshop Technician, Electronic Engineer and higher level apprenticeships such as Ordnance Munitions and Explosives Engineering, Embedded Electronics and Cyber Systems.

Job description

This role will include - Electronics fault finding, testing equipment, calibration of equipment, a basic understanding of mechanical manufacturing and CAD design.
This Apprenticeship responds to the changing demands of the business. We recently included additional modules such as: RF (Radio Frequency) Fundamentals, Micro Controllers, and Coding & Programming.
Year 1 - College Full time
Year 2 - Placements plus day release
Year 3 & 4 - Full time placements leading to End Point Assessment
Throughout the apprenticeship you will be encouraged to develop and demonstrate the underpinning knowledge, skills and behaviours outlined in the apprenticeship standard. You will also undertake an End Point Assessment, which you must pass to acquire a permanent role within the organisation.
You will need to be responsible for your development through Independent Learning to realise your full potential.
We will encourage you to demonstrate dedication and engagement during the apprenticeship programme to our organisation and training partner.
Working alongside Dstl colleagues will enable you to complete tasks and work to the quality and timescales required. You will be encouraged to participate fully in the learning opportunities available from Dstl and other organisations.


Applicants must be 18 years of age at the start of the programme, Sept 2021
Candidates must be UK Nationals.
Must hold at least 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4 or above, which must include Math, English and at least one science.
Essential Skills
  • A passion for electronic engineering/ technology
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Natural problem solver who enjoys challenge
  • Innovator
  • Flexible, open to change
  • Desire to learn
  • Team Player
  • Desire to know how things work


5 GCSEs or equivalent at 4/5 or above which must include Maths, English and 1 science subject.


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

  • Developing Self and Others
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Managing a Quality Service


We'll provide a great range of benefits including:

Fully flexible working, including alternative working patterns, annualised hours, compressed hours and job share, to name a few.
Flexible Working hours, a 12 month reference period and the ability to bank hours. Up to 20 hours can be taken in any calendar month.
Excellent learning and development to ensure everyone fulfils their potential.
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.
Generous annual leave, with the ability to buy and sell up to 5 days holiday per year.
A competitive salary.
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 Identity Network
  • Faith and Culture Network
  • Parents and Carer Support Network
  • Alternative Working Network
  • Gender Equality Network
  • New Starters Network
  • Enabled Network, for people with visible and non-visible disabilities

For further information about DSTL please check out our LinkedIn page

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.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Ability and Experience.
Previous skills and experience could include your hobbies or any engineering type interests. eg, vehicle maintenance, building computers/gaming stations.

As part of the application you will need to successfully complete 2 online ability tests, The Civil Service Numerical Reasoning Test and the Civil Service Situational Judgement Test. These tests must be completed before you finish your application, so please make sure you do these as soon as you can, they MUST be completed by 1200 on 25th February 2021.

Assessments will be held 13th and 14th April 2021 and will consist of separate technical and behavioural interviews. you may be asked to talk about what you enjoy doing technically and why you are applying for this apprenticeship.

Due to COVID restrictions interviews could be held via video links.

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :Name : Dstl Recruitment TeamEmail : dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk Recruitment team :Email : dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk

Further information

Should you wish to raise a formal complaint about the Dstl recruitment process you should email dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk stating the nature of the issue. We will respond within 5 working days.

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