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A Guide To MOD Apprenticeships

Introduction To MOD Apprenticeships
Who is the Ministry of Defence and what do they do? Perhaps you are thinking about Ministry of Defence jobs but are wondering about the types of roles you could work in. Would you have the right qualifications, background or experience? If you are thinking about working in defence then the good news is, you could start to train in MOD jobs by doing Apprenticeships. A great way to kick off your MOD careers.

The Ministry of Defence has a range of aims and responsibilities and, as such, requires people with varying skills and qualities to fill their roles. The aim of the MOD is to ensure the Armed Forces are fully trained and have all the equipment and support necessary for them to carry out their duties. Carrying out that aim also must be done within budget.

If you would like to be part of a team of people supporting the armed forces in this way, then MOD Apprenticeships could be ideal for you. And here’s an interesting fact for you. Did you know that the Ministry of Defence is the largest provider of Apprenticeships in the United Kingdom? That could mean lots of types of Apprenticeships for you to choose from. Do you think you will be able to find an Apprenticeship with the MOD? Let’s take a look at the options available to you.
How Do MOD Apprenticeships Work?
The good news is, if you are already doing MOD jobs and you would like structured training while you gain nationally recognised qualifications, you are also eligible to apply for MOD Apprenticeships in your specialist area. If you are not already working for the MOD, then you, too can apply for their Apprenticeship programmes.

MOD Apprenticeships are hugely varied. Depending on your skills and qualifications, you could be doing Armed Forces Apprenticeships. These could be RAF Apprenticeships, Royal Navy Apprenticeships or Army Apprenticeships.

It’s not just about being in the Armed Forces, however. MOD Apprenticeships can also be done as Civilian Apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship jobs with the Ministry of Defence could be in roles from finance to engineering. From craft technician to IT specialist. Identify your strengths and qualifications and choose the right MOD Apprenticeships for you.
MOD Apprenticeships - Qualifications And Pathways
Depending on what type of MOD careers you are looking to build, Ministry of Defence Apprenticeships can last between 1 and 5 years. The length of your programme will be determined by your area of work and also the level of your qualifications. Some MOD Apprenticeships are Level 2 (the equivalent of 5 GCSEs and will suit those of you looking for entry level Apprenticeship jobs. Other MOD Apprenticeships go right up to Level 7 which is the equivalent of a Masters Degree. A great incentive to earn while you learn and know that you are gaining respected and nationally recognised qualifications.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the different MOD Apprenticeships out there.

MOD Information Apprenticeships
Are you a tech savvy person with an interest in information security? If you were thinking about IT Apprenticeships, did you know you could do this type of thing with the MOD?

Defence information plays a vital role in the success of military operations and you could be part of an MOD team working together to ensure this success. For these MOD Apprenticeships, you will need to be a fast learner and be able to work in challenging situations.

MOD Information Apprenticeships are available in the following fields:
  • Cyber Technologist - Level 4 Apprenticeship
  • Software Developer - Level 4 Apprenticeship
  • Software Development Technician - Level 3 Apprenticeship
  • Network Engineer - Level 4 Apprenticeship
  • IS Business Analyst - Level 4 Apprenticeship
  • Data Analyst - Level 4 Apprenticeship
If you are looking to do Level 3 MOD Apprenticeship, you will need to have 5 GCSEs at Grades A to C, including Maths and English.

If you are looking to do Level 4 MOD Apprenticeships, you will need to 5 GCSEs at Grades A to C (including Maths and English) and 2 A Levels at Grades A to C. One of these A Levels must be in Maths or a science subject.

Defence Commercial Apprenticeship Programme
Do you think you could be part of a team that makes sure the Armed Forces are supplied with everything from uniforms to weapons to aircraft? Can you negotiate contracts and deliveries? If this sounds up your street then MOD Apprenticeship jobs by way of the Defence Commercial Higher Apprenticeship Programme could suit you down to the ground.

So, what do you need to get a place doing these types of MOD jobs? You will need to have 5 GCSEs at Grades A to C, including Maths and English. You will also need to have 2 A Levels at Grades A to C. These can be in any subject. This Defence Commercial Apprenticeship programme will take two years to complete.

Finance Apprentice Scheme
If you were considering Accounting Apprenticeships but you would also like to work for the MOD, they are on the lookout for people like you with a knowledge of numbers and finance. You might want to think about the Finance Apprentice Scheme offered by the Ministry of Defence.

The DE&S (Defence Equipment & Support) Finance Apprentice Programme lasts for two years. To be eligible to apply for places on the programme, you will need to have 5 GCSEs at Grades A to C, including Maths and English. You will also need to have attained 2 A Levels (or equivalent) at Grades A to E in any subject.

Engineering
Are you looking to fo Engineering Apprenticeships? Engineering Apprenticeships qualify you to work in specialised roles and MOD Apprenticeships in Engineering could prove to be very rewarding. DE&S have two prestigious Engineering Apprenticeships on offer for the right candidates and their mentoring and high quality training will mean you have a high chance of success in future MOD careers as an engineer.
  • If you have 3 A Levels (or equivalent) and are looking to do Engineering Apprenticeships, then you can apply for the DE&S Undergraduate Apprenticeship Scheme.
  • If you have 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, then you will be eligible to apply for Engineering Apprenticeships via the DE&S Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme.
  • If you are committed to MOD careers and have decided this is really what you want to do, then you could also attend Welbeck Defence 6th Form College.
DSTL Apprenticeships
Other types of Ministry of Defence Apprenticeships could be working with DSTL (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory). DSTL recruit staff to roles such as logistics, medicali finance, scientists and engineers amongst others. For Apprentices, DSTL offers opportunities for Apprenticeship jobs in three main areas:
  • Engineering Apprenticeships - 3 year programmes in either mechanical engineering or electro-mechanical engineering.
  • Laboratory Technician Apprenticeships - This is a 2 year programme combining study and laboratory work.
  • Business Administration ;Apprenticeships - This a 2 year programme combining classroom study with on the job learning.
Ministry of Defence Apprenticeships with DSTL mean you could be offered a permanent role at the end of your Apprenticeship.

The great thing about Ministry of Defence Apprenticeships with DSTL is that you will be treated as one of their employees and be eligible for access to some of the excellent benefits they offer, as well as ongoing mentoring and support. One of the benefits DSTL offers is flexible working. If, for whatever reason, you need to do your Apprenticeship on a part time basis, then this could be an option here.

For MOD Apprenticeships with DSTL, there are some specific requirements that will make you eligible to apply:
  • You must be a UK National. If you have dual nationality, you will be unable to apply for DSTL Apprenticeships.
  • You must have resided in the UK for the last 5 years.
  • If you are successful in your application for Apprenticeship jobs with DSTL, you must also go through security checks because of the nature of the work.
Ministry of Defence Apprenticeship Jobs With UKHO
If you have a love of all things maritime but have decided Royal Navy Apprenticeships are probably not the best route for you then it is still possible to do MOD Apprenticeships with marine activity as a main focus.

The UKHO is the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office and they are a trading fund of the MOD. They are based in Taunton Somerset. Essentially, their work is all about protecting lives at sea with a focus on the Royal Navy and the Merchant Navy. The services offered by the UK Hydrographic Office include:
  • Products to ensure up-to-date, official and accurate data is available to meet defence requirements using new technologies.
  • Navigational products that mariners rely on.
  • Technical advice about maritime limits and laws of the sea.
  • Tidal prediction service.
  • Cartographic training.
  • Civil Hydrography Programme.
The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office offers Apprenticeship jobs in a variety of fields so there could be something to suit your interests and skills. At the same time, you gain yo0ur nationally recognised qualifications, hands on experience and training and you get a wage, too. Some of the UKHO Apprenticeships you could do are:
  • HR Apprenticeships
  • IT Apprenticeships
  • Hydrographic Data Apprenticeships
  • Marketing Communications Apprenticeships
  • Finance Apprenticeships
The UKHO Apprenticeship scheme has an annual recruitment date so if you are interested in this type of work, make sure you have made yourself aware of recruitment dates then you don’t miss out.
Further Career ProgressionAfter MOD Apprenticeships
As you can see, there are many types of Apprenticeships up for grabs with the Ministry of Defence and its agencies. Whether you have a particular background in STEM subjects or you are looking to get into marketing or communications, there could be roles out there to suit your needs.

Ministry of Defence Apprenticeships are just the beginning of MOD careers and, once young people have completed their training and gained their qualifications, many opt to stay and develop their career. Further structured training, keeping your knowledge up to date and the opportunity to gain further qualifications are all part of Ministry of Defence jobs and careers.
Apply For MOD Apprenticeships In The UK
So, do Ministry of Defence Apprenticeships sound like the type of roles you might be looking for? If you think you have got what it takes to succeed in MOD careers, make a start by applying for one of the many MOD Apprenticeship jobs out there.

The Ministry of Defence is part of the Civil Service. You can find out more about MOD Apprenticeships, and those of its agencies via the links on the government MOD Apprenticeship Opportunities page.
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