Electronics Degree Apprenticeship

Company Details

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory is an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom.

Grade Administrative Officer – Dstl Level 3

Contract type – Temporary – Fixed Term – Apprenticeship

Length of employment – 5 years

Business area – Counter Terrorist and Security, Cyber and Information Systems and Platform Systems

Working pattern – Flexible working, Full-time, Compressed Hours

Number of posts – 23

Location – Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury and Dstl Portsdown West, Fareham (this site is only available to the position in our Platform systems Division)

Summary

Develop practical and academic knowledge, and find unexpected talents inside yourself. As an Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Apprentice, you’ll gain valuable skills and a degree in a team with an international reputation.
The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is the science, technology and engineering arm of the UK’s Ministry of Defence, providing world class expertise and developing cutting-edge science and technology for the benefit of the UK and our allies.

We want you to become one of our future technical experts in our Science and Technology Delivery Divisions. Three of our divisions are currently taking on apprentices and you will be asked to select your preferred division on application (you will still be considered for other divisions). Please read the full job profile attached at the bottom of this page to help you get an understanding of each of our divisions and make an informed decision about your preference. Our three recruiting divisions are Counter Terrorism and Security, Platform Systems and Cyber and Information Systems.

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 particularly welcome female and ethnic minority applicants and those from the LGBTQI community, as they are under-represented within Dstl at these levels.

Job description

As an Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Degree Apprentice at Dstl you will be involved with work supporting our colleagues such as the Home Office, MoD, National Crime Agency, Army, Navy and other government departments, as part of a supportive team with the opportunity to develop and learn about the exciting work of Dstl. You will have access to high profile, classified information that very few people will ever see. You will then use this information to research/develop the science and technology needed to protect the UK, and partner nations, from internal/external threats.
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 or day release at University and practical work within various groups with Dstl
This is a diverse role that covers many aspects of the practical evaluation of technologies. You will both develop existing knowledge and gain new skills in areas such as:
• Analogue and digital electronics
• RF Electronics
• Cellular and point to point technologies
• Microcontroller / digital signal processor design and implementation
• Software Programming and Embedded Software analysis
• Signals and modulation
• Experiment trials
• Ability to use standard electronic test equipment
• Design data logging systems and interfacing
• Data analysis, evaluation and representation
• Perform hardware-in-the-loop testing of sensors and electronics
• CAD Modelling
Your personal skills such as your ability to think systematically, logically and creatively will also be developed. You will be able to communicate effectively at all levels with customer and stakeholders.
You will also complete a Level 6 (degree) apprenticeship to become an Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Engineer. This includes a fully funded BEng(Hons) degree in Electronic Engineering accredited by one of the Professional Engineering Institutions licensed by the UK Engineering Council. This will be undertaken by block release and work placement assessment over a period of 5 years.

Responsibilities

We are looking for someone who has:
A passion for engineering and technology, and who is looking for more than just a job – a career. You will work on a variety of interesting and challenging problems that owing to their sensitivity cannot be done elsewhere, and you will be driven by a desire to ensure that the United Kingdom’s armed forces have the best information and equipment possible.
In addition to your technical skills, you will develop an ability to think systematically, logically and creatively. You will have curiosity to understand how things work and why they perform as they do, and you will be able to communicate effectively at all levels with customers and stakeholders.
Counter Terrorism and Security Division:
Ideally you will have an interest in technical hobbies such as computer programming using Arduino and Raspberry Pi, amateur radio, radio control modelling or robotics and skills including soldering, antenna design or building computers or drones.
Some of the skills you could develop within this role include:
• Analogue and digital electronics practical experience and theoretical knowledge
• RF circuit design and implementation
• Hardware, Software and Firmware design and implementation
• Digital signal processor and Field Programmable Gate Array design and implementation
• Software Programming and Embedded Software analysis
• Ability to use standard electronic test equipment
• Mathematical modelling and data processing.
Cyber and Information Systems Division:
This is a diverse role that covers many aspects of the practical evaluation of technologies. You will both develop existing knowledge and gain new skills in areas such as:
• Analogue and digital electronics
• RF Electronics
• Cellular and point to point technologies
• Microcontroller / digital signal processor design and implementation
• Software Programming and Embedded Software analysis
• Signals and modulation
• Experiment trials
• Ability to use standard electronic test equipment
• Design data logging systems and interfacing
• Data analysis, evaluation and representation
• Perform hardware-in-the-loop testing of sensors and electronics
• CAD Modelling
Platform Systems Division:
We are looking to grow our future electronics experts in our Underwater, Above Water and Electro Magnetic Protection Groups.
Underwater Group’s, scientists, analysts and engineers work closely with our embedded serving RN personnel to deliver high impact underwater focused advice, research, specialist services and operational support in all areas of the underwater defence science & technology domain and for the national security of UK maritime interests.
The Above Water Group combines system skills with deep technical knowledge, enabling S&T to lead and influence maritime platform integration, providing advantage for the UK. The group uses their maritime domain knowledge within a wide range of capabilities, including; weapons, sensing, operations, information systems and open architectures.
The Electromagnetic Protection Group provides specialist technical advice and operational support to its defence partners and stakeholders on the detection and defeat of electro-optical and radio frequency guided threats to airborne and maritime platforms. The group assesses threat warning and countermeasure effectiveness, develops novel detection and countermeasure concepts.

Qualifications

You will need to hold five 9-4 (A*-C) Grade GCSEs or equivalent, including Maths & English.
Evidence of a natural interest in STEM related subjects* such as A-Level, AVCE, BTEC or an NVQ.

Other equivalents could include experience in military service or work in wider industry.

*Please note that STEM subjects include Maths, Engineering, Electronics, ICT, Physics, Chemistry etc.

Behaviours

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

  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Developing Self and Others

Benefits

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 37 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.
Pension.
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 maximizes 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

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Ability and Experience.

We want you to have your best chance of success in our recruitment process, so If at any stage of the application process you would like help or assistance please contact the Dstl Recruitment Team dstlrecruitment@dstl.gov.uk and we will do all we can to support you.

We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for all disabled applicants who provide evidence in their application of meeting the minimum essential requirements of the post, set out in the job description. You will be asked to indicate if you are applying under this scheme when you submit your application.

For full details and the behaviours for this role please see the attached job profile at the bottom of this page.

This application includes two standard civil service test, a numerical test and a verbal test. We recommend that you look at the guidance and complete the practice test that can be found on the .Gov website (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/civil-service-online-tests). The deadline for these test is fours hours before the closing time of the vacancy to make sure all candidates have time to complete the application after the test. Please complete these test and give yourself plenty of time to complete the full application as we can’t extend the deadline.

We are aiming for bi-weekly sift and interviews but we are going through a large growth period at the moment, so if you do not hear back within two weeks please do not worry your application will be looked at, we are just experiencing a very busy period at the moment so it may take us a bit longer to get back to you.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

This job is not open to candidates who hold a dual nationality.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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