DE&S Engineering Management Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme

Information about the Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Engineering Management Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme and case studies.

Earn while you learn!

You could have 3 years developing, with our full support, on the DE&S Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme.

This is an amazing fully paid opportunity for you to become an engineer and have a great career with the Ministry of Defence, while also earning yourself a valuable HNC engineering qualification!

How to apply

  • Engineering management apprentice: Bristol 2018 (applications are open now on Civil Service Jobs, closing date 8 May 2018)
  • Engineering management apprentice: Plymouth 2018 (applications are now open on Civil Service Jobs, closing date 8 May 2018)

Apprentice pay rates

We will be paying you a total of almost £50,000 over your first 3 years with us on the Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme (if you went to university you could incur a debt of £40,000 so you could be at around £90,000 better off over 3 years!):

  • Year 1 pay £14,847
  • Year 2 pay £15,890
  • Year 3 pay £19,016

That’s a total of £49,753.

We offer you:

  • probably the most exciting engineering apprenticeship scheme in the UK; giving you the opportunity to work with a huge range of weapons and other defence equipment
  • massive investment in your training and development!
  • this engineering Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme takes you all the way through to an HNC Engineering qualification, and beyond, at our expense!
  • it’s more than a job, it’s an amazing career!

If you have 5 GCSE’s (Grade C or above / Grades 4 to 9) including maths, English, a science or engineering subject and 2 others) you could join this Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment and Support Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme.

This scheme is the first exciting step in your engineering career with the Ministry of Defence.

MOD projects are fascinating, valuable, unique and sometimes highly classified.

A vital part of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) DE&S procures and maintains all the products and services that the UK’s armed forces need for current and future operations.

A DE&S apprenticeship is a 3 year development programme leading to an office based engineering management role supporting equipment and systems used by the Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and British Army. It enables you to earn while you learn, and provides the basis for a long and varied career.

Contact details

Information or queries on the recruitment process email:

Information on DE&S Advanced Apprenticeships email:

Scheme information


Case studies

Published 15 September 2014
Last updated 19 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated the page to reflect the extension to the application deadline until the 8 May 2018.
  2. Added dates for the upcoming apprenticeship events in the West of England.
  3. Removed video about the Tom Nevard competition.
  4. Added link to Plymouth advert.
  5. Added link to Civil Service Jobs for the Engineering Management Apprenticeship Bristol 2018.
  6. Added updated information about the apprenticeship scheme for 2018.
  7. Added: scheme is open for applications from 22 May until 9 June 2017.
  8. Updated to confirm that applications will open in Autumn 2017.
  9. Updated job advert: Plymouth closed for applications, until Autumn 2017
  10. Updated the Job advert links as application have re-opened.
  11. Added Bristol and Plymouth vacancies.
  12. Added information about the opening of the Advanced Apprenticeship applications and added new case studies.
  13. Added an announcement: 'Opening to Advanced Apprenticeship Applications in autumn 2016, please watch this space for updates!'
  14. Updated information about the scheme.
  15. Added awards section.
  16. Added video of the Tom Nevard Apprentice Competition.
  17. First published.