GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 are searching for technically-minded apprentices to help combat the increasing threats that Britain faces from terrorists, hackers and fraudsters.
An apprenticeship could be a tempting alternative to a university degree and a unique start to a career for prospective programmers and tech-savvy talent. With a closing date fast approaching on 14 November 2016, time is running out.
The two available schemes are aimed at young people interested in technology and coding. With a mix of classroom-based learning and practical experience they could lead to a recognised qualification and, potentially, a full-time job.
The British Intelligence Higher Apprenticeship in IT, software, internet and telecoms leads to a Foundation Degree and offers a year working in Cheltenham with placements at GCHQ or possibly at MI5, MI6 or the National Crime Agency (NCA) in London afterwards.
A three-year Technical Apprenticeship scheme based in the Greater Manchester area, leads to a BSc Honours Degree and will give apprentices the chance to build and maintain some of the world's most sophisticated electronic equipment amongst other ‘exciting things'.
Both schemes allow participants to earn a salary while they build up their technical expertise and develop soft skills such as teamwork, communication and leadership. Apprentices also gain insight into a world otherwise hidden behind closed doors and take on the responsibility of being entrusted with access to top secret information.
As part of their effort to promote STEM careers for women across the UK, GCHQ is especially keen to encourage applications from women. It is also keen on receiving applications from ethnic minorities to maintain its commitment to a diverse workforce.
For further details on the two schemes and to apply visit the GCHQ careers website.