Software Engineer Degree Apprenticeship - Digital and Technology Solutions Professional

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Job Type:Full Time


Fareham, South East, PO17 6AD

About the job


This is an unique apprenticeship opportunity in Dstl, a Minstry of Defence Agency, for a Software Engineer within the Defence and Security Analysis Division. This job comes with excellent future career prospects in Data Science, Analysis and the Defence Enterprise.

Successful candidates will complete a Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship– studying for a BSc whilst working for Dstl on an array of interesting military projects.

You will have the opportunity to work across a number of project areas which span the breadth of the UK’s Defence and Security environment, including: the Air and Maritime; Modelling and Simualtion, Wargaming and statistics; Policy analysis and support; and Human and Social Sciences.

You will have the opportunity to apply all aspects of the Degree Apprenticeship Standard to help real decisions to be made on current and future Defence systems and capabilities. You will also have the opportunity to use our tried and tested models and tools - we also expect you to help us to introduce new novel techniques and analysis!

We work with the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, Ministry of Defence and Other Government Departments to ensure intelligent decision-making is at the heart of the UK Defence and Security. We also work with partners in industry, academia and internationally to develop and provide a broad range of impartial, innovative, evidence based analysis and human science advice to support high priority decision-making on critical policies and capabilities. And we want you to be a part of this too!

Job description

We are looking for someone who has;
A desire to develop their Software Engineering skills, start a career in Operational Analysis and provide invaluable support to decision makers through the provision of clear evidence.

This is a development post and you will spend approximately 20% of your time on the off-site training scheme. Initially your position will mostly require you to provide software development support to those requiring tools and techniques to underpin timely and evidence based advice to Customers and Stakeholders, both internal and external, across all levels of the Ministry of Defence and UK Security; however as you progress we will give you the opportunity for you to deliver the your work directly to the Customers and Stakeholders.

  • Minimum of 3 ‘A’ levels or equivalent with at least one in a STEM based field.
  • 5 GCSEs including English and Mathematics.
  • Computer literacy and knowledge of MS Office applications.
  • Desirable: Experience using a computer programming language (e.g. python/java)


In this role you will:
  • Learn how to design, develop, build and test high-quality software solutions.
  • Apply engineering principles at all levels of the software development process.
  • Understand the necessity for requirement gathering, analysis and design, development and data requirements, while ensuring security robustness is built into software solutions.
  • Through application of the Dstl standards, policy and protocols to your work ensure that Dstl maintains its reputation of integrity, impartiality and quality of output.
  • Be an accountable member of a team helping Dstl remain a great place to work.
  • Show, as an individual, you are developing and applying the skills being taught both within Dstl and during off site training throughout you apprenticeship.

Important Information
The security of our work means that only UK nationals who have also resided in the UK for the last 5 years (10 years for certain roles) can be considered. Some roles will require Developed Vetting (DV). Unfortunately dual nationals cannot be considered.


  • Minimum of 3 ‘A’ levels or equivalent with at least one in a STEM based field.
  • 5 GCSEs including English and Mathematics.
  • Computer literacy and knowledge of MS Office applications.
  • Desirable: Experience using a computer programming language (e.g. python/java)


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

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Delivering at Pace


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.
This is a funded level 6 apprenticeship. If you hold a qualification in a similar subject and is of a higher level, you may not be eligible to undertake the role.

As part of the application you will be required to complete Verbal Reasoning & Numerical Reasoning Ability Tests. You will require internet connection to complete these. The tests are offered in order one after the other so once you have successfully completed the first ability test, you will be invited to start the second. Each test should take about 45 minutes to complete so you will need to allow approximately 1.5 hours to complete all of them.

Practice Tests can be found at

You will need to complete these tests before you can finish your application form.

Your application will be assessed on your answers to the Technical questions, the behavioural statements and your statement of suitability.

If your application is successful, we will invite you to take part in a face to face interview.

Applicants invited to interview will undergo a combined Technical and Behavioural based interview which will assess their skills relating to the requirements detailed in the attached job profile.
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 : Recruitment team :Email :

Further information

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

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