DE&S Electro-Mechanical Engineering Degree Apprenticeship Defence Equipment & Support

You want to be an expert in your field one day. We want to help make it happen. 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.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 11 Dec 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    60 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    08 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    17 available

What you will do in your working day

If successful, you will undertake a comprehensive framework of practical and academic training, including a full degree for individuals with the greatest potential. Apprentices will also complete several work-based training placements at various locations within the UK while completing relevant vocational qualifications in preparation for engineering roles within the MOD’s current and future programmes. 

You will work in a hugely collaborative environment alongside engineers, project managers, customers, and suppliers to ensure that DE&S continues to deliver the very best equipment to the front line. 

Participating in assigned educational training to develop own capabilities in a defence context. 
Delivering engineering products/services against agreed objectives to develop knowledge and experience and add value to the team and wider business. 
Building awareness and understanding of how the engineering function and wider business operates to assist in own development and career progression. 
Identifying opportunities to develop knowledge and experience to progress as an apprentice to Engineering Technician and towards Incorporated engineer IEng status in the time specified. 
Providing support to colleagues in their specialist area and actively contribute to team meetings to help with the work of the team. 

The training you will be getting

Year 1 - Full-time attendance at a training provider to learn core engineering skill and start your academic training. Our current training provider is University Centre Weston.

Years 2 & 3 - Practical, vocational, and academic training towards an engineering BEng. 

Years 4 & 5 - For your final two years, whilst working towards your BEng degree, you can expect to focus more closely on a particular area of the business e.g., land equipment, aerospace, maritime, weapons etc.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Placement opportunities:

Electrical - Virtually every piece of equipment used by the UK Armed Forces, supported by DE&S, has an electrical or electronic component. As an electrical/electronic degree apprentice you could expect to be involved in all aspects of engineering, from an electrical power distribution system on a warship to an electronic guidance system for a complex weapon. 
Mechanical – A mechanical degree apprentice could expect to be involved in tasks like analysing the wear of mechanical components in ships engines, reviewing the options for improving the effectiveness of armour on a troop carrier or maybe supporting the development of the next generation of directed energy weapons. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent Any subject (Grade A*-C or grades 4-9) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Any subject (Grade A*-C or grades 4-9) Essential
GCSE or equivalent English Language (Grade A*-C or grades 4-9) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A*-C or grades 4-9) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (preferably Physics) (Grade A*-C or grades 4-9) Essential
A Level or equivalent Any subject (excluding general studies) (Grade minimum of grade C) Essential
A Level or equivalent Maths (Grade minimum of grade C) Essential
A Level or equivalent Science (preferably Physics) (Grade minimum of grade C) Essential
Other A national diploma in Engineering (Grade minimum 96 UCAS Points) Essential
Other Or (STEM) subjects (Grade minimum of 96 UCAS points) Essential

About the employer

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.


Defence Equipment & Support


Abbey Wood


BS34 8JH

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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Electrical or electronic technical support engineer (degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 11 Dec 2023