DE&S Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship Scheme - Foundation Degree (Level 5)

Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) (Employer)

Defence Equipment & Support (Training Provider)

37.5 hours per week
3-4 years (duration)
(start date)
Chartered Management Degree (apprenticeship standard)
0 positions available
29 January 2023 (application closing date)
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Job Description

At Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), we're here to provide for the Armed Forces, as they serve our country all over the world. We support those on the front line by providing cutting-edge equipment and technology for land, sea, air and space. We deliver the kit the UK military needs to maintain advantage and stay protected, as they protect life at home and overseas.

You want to be an expert in your field one day. We want to help make it happen. Whichever area you join us in, you’ll discover new talents, pinpoint new ambitions, find a home among a diverse team – and be empowered to turn your gifts into an incredible career. Ready for real investment in your future? We’re developing tomorrow’s talent today.

Job description

What sets DE&S apart is the focus we put on you. We help you find your flair and then plan a flourishing career around what you love. And along the way, you’ll enjoy real rewards for the work you do, with competitive benefits and career progression. As a DE&S apprentice, you’ll find real support to reach your potential – so you can become a leader in your field.

As part of our team, you'll benefit from plenty of routes for development, access to specialist training and funding for professional qualifications, and a c.27% employer pension contribution. You’ll also have access to a wide range of employee networks, including the Women’s Inclusive Network, Race & Culture Network, Pride Network, Disability Network – and many more.

The Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship Scheme is a 3 to 4 year development programme within the Corporate Services Group (CSG) function focused around business roles across different areas of DE&S.

You’ll rotate through several placements within DE&S and you may also have opportunities to work in other business roles supporting the MoD’s vast estate and front-line commands.

Your hands on experience will be underpinned by DE&S specific training as well as study towards a BSc (Hons) degree in Management and Business. You’ll also have the option to be assessed for Chartered Manager status.

Once you’ve completed the Level 4 and Level 5 of the Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship, you’ll be eligible for a re-grade interview and potential transfer to a permanent contract while allowing you to continue with your Level 6 Apprenticeship. You’ll then have the option to be placed into an appropriate role within the CSG function.

Your training will initially be online with our training provider, this may change over time.

Your duty station will be MoD Abbey Wood, Bristol, BS34 8JH and you will be required to attend site regularly as required by your placement and / or your scheme.

Because of the classification of some of the information related to certain projects, some work-based placements may be open to Sole UK Nationals only.


You’ll be involved in the following:

  • Providing an administrative support service to specialist colleagues within the business and actively contributing to team meetings to help with the work of the team.
  • Building and maintaining a network of internal business contacts and peers to share and gain knowledge and identify opportunities to learn and develop.
  • Undertaking business support placement activities to develop your knowledge and experience and add value to your team and the business.
  • Building awareness and understanding of how the CSG function and wider business operates to assist in own develop and career progression.
  • Participating in assigned educational training to develop own capabilities in a defence context.

Person specification

It takes lots of different people and lots of different skill sets to keep the UK Armed Forces fully equipped and well supported.

To be successful with your application, we are looking for you to demonstrate your potential to succeed in a dynamic working environment. We’re here to help you find your speciality, so we hire for aptitude and train for skills.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and are dedicated to creating a great place to work that reflects the diversity of the society we serve. To help us do this, we encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, disabled people, and people from LGBTQ+ communities. By bringing together different ideas, experiences, and perspectives, we can achieve our ambitions, together.

You must have the right of abode in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the EEA (including other countries determined within the EEA or those with bilateral agreements), for at least the previous three years on the first day of learning.

As a result of the changes to the UK immigration rules which came into effect on 1 January 2021, the Ministry of Defence will only offer sponsorship for a skilled worker visa under the points-based system, where a role has been deemed to be business critical.

The role currently being advertised has not been assessed as business critical and is therefore NOT open to applications from those who will require sponsorship under the points-based system. Should you apply for this role and be found to require sponsorship, your application will be rejected, and any provisional offer of employment withdrawn.


You must have, or will achieve by September 2023, the following qualifications:

Essential requirements:

  • Five full GCSEs A*-C or grades 4-9 (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths.


  • Two full A-Levels at grades A*-C (or equivalent).

Relevant experience, demonstrating business management skills, including through internships or placements would be desirable.

You are encouraged to apply with your predicted grades. Evidence of the above qualifications will be required as part of your pre-employment checks before a formal offer can be made.


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

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions


Alongside training and development, you’ll receive the following great benefits:

£22,750 Starting Salary – with annual increments.

25 days holiday a year, plus 1 day a year up to 30 days, 8 bank holidays and a day off for the King’s birthday.

A market-leading employer pension contribution of around 27 percent, and recognition awards.

Hybrid working (wherever possible) to support your work-life balance.

Opportunity to work flexibility after 6 months.

Use of our on-site gym, restaurant, and cafes.

A huge range of discounts including retail, sports, leisure, restaurants, gifts, days out, holidays, cinema, motoring, insurance, health care, gym memberships, and more.

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