Apprentice in Technical Engineering FCDO Services

Designing power supplies. Earthquake-proofing embassies. Drawing up floor plans for government customers. Just a few examples of the incredible work our Engineering team does. They're the people who plan, design and deliver innovation across all corners of the globe. And now, you've got the opportunity to join them.

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Closing date: 05 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Location allowance of £1750

  • Working week

    Monday – Friday, 37 hours per week. Generally, 8.30am – 4.30pm but may be opportunity for some flexibility on discussion with the hiring manager.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    39 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    05 Feb 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    16 available

What you will do in your working day

Installing a sophisticated CCTV system in a new embassy, or advanced intruder detection equipment in a volatile region. Preventing and detecting technical eavesdropping attacks. Helping design the next generation of security products. Whatever you do, you’ll be protecting the UK’s interests at home and overseas. Our work is as varied and vital as it gets, but we never lose sight of our people. Their skills, aspirations and growth mean as much as the global mission we're on. In our world, it all matters.

First year

At the start of your apprenticeship, you’ll go to a local college full-time. During college breaks, you’ll work with our teams to put what you’ve learned into action on live projects at Hanslope Park.

Once you finish your college course the following year, you’ll begin a programme of placements at Hanslope Park. You’ll also complete in-house courses, teaching you essential practical skills for your profession. These include basic telephony, technical security and radio transmission principles – skills you’ll use to help us protect the nation’s security every day.

At college, you’ll study the following modules:

Development Knowledge

  • Health and Safety
  • Maths and Further Maths for technicians
  • Mechanical principles
  • Electrical and electronic engineering
  • Engineering drawing
  • Programmable logic controllers
  • Principles and applications of electronic devices and circuits
  • Electronic testing and measurements

Foundation Competence

  • Wiring and testing electrical circuits and equipment
  • Maintaining electronic equipment and systems
  • Assembling, wiring and testing electrical panels and components mounted in enclosures

Development Competence

  • Complying with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements
  • Using and interpreting engineering data and documentation
  • Using and communicating technical information
  • Working efficiently and effectively in advanced manufacturing and engineering

Functional Skills

  • IT, Maths and English (exemptions possible depending on your GCSE grades)

Second year

During your second year you’ll focus on the practical side of your role, helping us deliver projects in the UK – with the potential to travel overseas too. Through work placements around our business and relevant in-house training, you’ll experience the sheer breadth of what we do.

Our expert technical security colleagues will teach you how to install and maintain a wide variety of security systems, and you’ll learn about the work of our counter-eavesdropping experts too.

At the same time, you’ll begin working towards your Level 3 Development Knowledge. It’s an evidence-based qualification, so you’ll need to document your practical experience too – and you’ll have plenty of that to write about. You’ll provide evidence through your written reports, and your assessor will track your progress and support you throughout the course.

Third and fourth years

In your third and fourth years, you’ll do another series of placements. You’ll be moving towards professional status by now, building the skills and experience you need to pass the End Point Assessment. We’ll support you at every step.

The training you will be getting

Training will be provided through our selected Training Provider (TBC). We will also provide on-site work-based training that links directly to the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours of the apprenticeship. You will work towards the apprenticeship qualification for your chosen apprenticeship scheme. Training will be carried out on block release.

Once you successfully complete the Engineering Technician - Technical Support Technician apprenticeship, you’ll have the following qualifications: 

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering – Technical Support (Development Competence)
  • Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)
  • Functional Skills in IT, Maths and English (exemptions possible depending on your GCSE grades)

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Once you’ve completed your apprenticeship, you’ll have lots of options. You could:

  • Work in our Technical Services Centre, based in the UK but travelling overseas on a project-by-project basis to install a range of protective systems
  • Join one of our Regional Technical Support Services teams, living and working overseas for up to four years. Based in one of our overseas hubs, you’ll travel across your region providing technical support to our customers
  • Work as part of our National Authority for Counter-Eavesdropping (UK NACE) helping to prevent and detect technical eavesdropping attacks

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4-9) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4-9) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (preferably physics) (Grade 4-9) Essential
GCSE or equivalent technical based subject (Grade 4-9) Essential

Things to consider

Because of the secure nature of what we do, all our employees have to be security cleared before joining us. You will undergo Security Check (SC) clearance before joining, and Developed Vetting (DV). You can find out more about vetting on our careers site or by visiting:

About the employer

FCDO Services provides a range of integrated, secure services worldwide to support diplomacy, development and defence for the UK government. We also offer services and expert advice to foreign governments and international organisations closely linked to the UK. We are a trading fund of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) that operates in over 250 destinations across 168 countries.


FCDO Services


Hanslope Park


Milton Keynes

MK19 7BH

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Training provider

To be confirmed

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

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

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

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Closing date: 05 Mar 2024