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Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives Degree Apprenticeship

  • Salary: £20,972
  • Deadline: CLOSED
  • Entry Requirements: A Levels, -
  • Qualification Gained: Vocational Qualification
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    • Salisbury


Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 0JQ

About the job


Do you want to make a difference? Be part of a supportive team?
Dstl is responsible for designing, developing and applying the very latest in science and technology for the benefit of UK defence and security, across government. In our work, we partner with other brilliant people – collaborating with everyone from small companies and world-class universities, to large defence organisations and other nations. Together, we develop battle-winning technologies, based on deep and widespread research.

In order to achieve this Dstl employs some of the world's brightest people. We're always on the lookout for talented, creative, dedicated and innovative individuals to join us. Every single person, role, and team in our organisation plays its part in helping us keep the country safe.

We have requirements for people to join our Counter Terrorism and Security Division (CT&S) to undertake an Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives Degree Apprenticeship

Job description

We are looking for someone who:
• Has a personal interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for engineering, science, problem solving, or similar practical activities
• Is inquisitive and has the desire to design and improve on what is currently possible.
• Has a proven track record of effective team working
• Has the ability to prioritise effectively
• Has the ability to work and communicate with a range of stakeholders
• Is comfortable working outside in all weathers (we will provide appropriate personal protective equipment)
• Has the ability to produce, update and maintain records and documentation.
• Has the ability to coordinate and task others
• Has demonstrable examples of problem solving
• Can anticipate problems with equipment, identify solutions and solve straightforward problems
• Has examples of working independently


During your apprenticeship, whether you are involved with work supporting our colleagues such as the Home Office, MoD, National Crime Agency, Army, Navy and other government departments, you will be part of a supportive team with the opportunity to develop and learn about the exciting work of Dstl.

You will be encouraged and supported through the programme to take ownership of your development through Independent Learning to realise your full potential.

This Apprenticeship will consist of a mixture of academic learning through block release at University and practical work within various groups with Dstl.

During the Apprenticeship programme you will follow one of 4 pathways depending on your natural skills :
• Technical Professional
• Safety Professional
• Breakdown and disposal Professional
• Test and Evaluation Professional

This Apprenticeship is a tremendous opportunity to develop a practical and academic understanding of the underlying technical abilities required that will enable you to access further opportunities to develop your career path.

During the programme you will work across the different Counter Terrorism and Security Division areas:
Energetic Technologies
The core expertise of the Energetics Technologies Group (ETG) lies in the science of explosives and weapons for the purpose of evaluating threats and keeping Britain safer. The group uses a range of scientific and engineering methods including laboratory, field testing (trials) and physics-based modelling to inform the provision and assurance of solutions that contribute to making Britain safer.

Energetics Analysis

The Energetics Analysis Group has a broad remit delivering three key capabilities:
Explosives Detection - supporting the UK ability to detect, identify and analyse explosives and related materials through one or more of the following areas:
• Analytical chemistry and physics based techniques
• Animal Behavioural Science (e.g. scientific support to use of trained detection dogs)
• Laboratory and trials based assessments
The Energetics Analysis Group is also the focal point for the STEM Futures scheme within the CT&S Division. The scheme looks to provide a talent pipeline addressing specific skills gaps and makes use of links with industry and academia to provide placements to support this.

Policing and Security

The Policing and Security Group provides technical support to crime and security programmes and has five capabilities teams:
• Contraband and Threat Detection – Detection of criminal and terrorist ‘contraband’ such as weapons, explosives through to alcohol and tobacco,
• Forensics and Identity – Fingerprint capabilities
• Frontline Equipment – Operational technologies (such as helmets, body armours) and Frontline Service search and surveillance support
• Secure Infrastructure – Physical and technological barriers to protect critical national infrastructure
• Technical Intelligence and Investigation – Digital investigation capabilities.

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.


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

  • Communicating and Influencing

  • Working Together

  • Delivering at Pace

  • Managing a Quality Service

Technical skills

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

  • Give an example of a time when you have applied your engineering knowledge to a problem outside of your studies.


We'll provide a great range of benefits including;

• Flexible working
• 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
• Pension
• Generous annual leave
• A competitive salary
• Excellent learning and development
• 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 Network
- Faith and Culture Network
- Parents and Carer Support Network
- Alternative Working Network
- Gender Equality Network
- New Starters Network
- Enabled Network

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.

Selection process details

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

This is a funded higher 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.

The attached job description has full details of the role and the skills, experience, knowledge and behaviours required.

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.

You will need to complete these tests before you can finish your application form. The deadline for these tests is 1200 on 11th March 2020.

Your application will be assessed on your answers to the Technical questions, the behavioural statements and your statement of suitability. Please see the attached job description for the full requirements of this apprenticeship.

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.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

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Contact point for applicants

Dstlrecruitment email: dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk
Recruitment team: email: dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk

Online test instructions

complete by 1200 10th March 2020 in order to be able to submit the full application.

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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