Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives Degree Apprenticeship
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
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:
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.
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.
We also have placements with the following 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.
Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be British Citizens who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to understand the work you will undertake to protect us from any security threats. For this reason, we regret that only UK Nationals will be able to apply for this role. If you are an international or dual-national candidate, and you think you have the skills we need, please consider applying to any of our government, security or defence partners across the enterprise. We work closely with the Defence and Security Industry on many projects, so it would be great to work with you via one of our partners.
This role will require full UK security clearance and you should have resided in the UK for the past 5 years.
Details of the apprenticeship can be found on the National Apprenticeship Standards website. https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/ordnance-munitions-and-explosives-specialist-(degree)-v1-0
5 GCSEs or equivalent at 4/5 or above which must include Maths, English and Science.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
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
We will support you through this apprenticeship with both University and Dstl Mentors. There will be regular reviews of your progress and support will be provided to help you complete the apprenticeship.
DSTL is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
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