Monday, 12 November 2012

GCHQ -Apprenticeships in British Intelligence



If I said GCHQ what do you think of? British Intelligence, MI5 or MI6 maybe? This immediately conjures up all sorts of images from James Bond to Spooks to international travel and espionage. It also makes me think of hi-tech hubs with the power to tap into everything. You may be aware of the current recruitment campaign that GCHQ are running in some of the Sunday papers but were you aware that they run apprenticeships too? Well neither was I.


How does this sound for a brief? Working with GCHQ, MI5 (Security Service) and MI6 (Secret Intelligence Service) - this is a Higher Apprenticeship like no other. You’ll be earning a salary and gaining a unique insight into a world that you won’t find on any university course. Not only that, but with GCHQ you’ll be learning about – and working with - some of the best and most cutting edge technology. And because their work is constantly evolving, it’s always challenging – giving you plenty of development opportunities to explore.


Here you’ll make a real contribution to the mission of the Intelligence services to tackle cyber threats, terrorism, counter espionage and organised crime. You’ll be supported throughout this two year programme, with a combination of university delivered education, specific technical training and work based placements and projects. Based in Cheltenham for the first year, the two year Higher Apprenticeship programme will consist of university delivered education, specific technical training and work based placements. There may be some opportunities in London for the second year of the placement. After successful completion of your apprenticeship, you’ll gain a Foundation Degree and a level 4 Diploma in IT Professional Competence. And then? Why not use the technical skills you’ve gained in a career in British Intelligence?


I have to say these internships sound like no other I have seen. Even He-man pricked up his ears and actually took an interest in what I had to say about the opportunity. Can you image how fanstatic this would look on your CV?! If this is the future of apprenticeships then university education will be under serious threat.


If you are interested then register here and you have until the closing date 30/11/12 to apply.



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  1. My son finds this very intriguing, it's a lot to take into account. Just waiting on his final verdict! Thanks for the info!

  2. Helena I couldn't believe it when I first read it but it does sound fab doesn't it. They have a major recruitment drive on at the moment it's such a pity they don't take on middle aged women or I'd be in there