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Software Engineer Apprentice - Leeds - September 2024

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
London, United Kingdom
Closing date
1 Mar 2024

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BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to 4,500 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. We work collaboratively across 10 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data, so that governments, nation states, armed forces and commercial businesses can unlock digital advantage in the most demanding environments.

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence

Software Engineer (Level 4 Apprenticeship)

Start Date: September 2024
Location: Leeds

Here at BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, we are committed to helping governments, organisations and society navigate digital threats and opportunities. Whether it’s leveraging data to digitally transform operations or securing organisations and nations from cyber threats, we combine our unrivalled security and engineering heritage to help our clients navigate the data-reliant digital landscape.

As the cyber and intelligence arm of BAE Systems, we employ over 4,500 people across 16 countries in North America, APAC, Europe and the Middle East. With our distinguished heritage, we relish the opportunity to transform digital and data practices, defence, intelligence, security and society for government agencies, law enforcement, financial services, and critical infrastructure.

We’re recruiting diverse teams of driven individuals, who share our passion for technology and mission to protect the connected world. Our Apprenticeship Programmes vary from one to three years and will give you the chance to earn while you learn, gain industry recognised qualifications and valuable experience working on real world problems, with subject matter experts.

Role Profile

The Apprenticeship is designed to give you the confidence and technical capability to support our customers’ mission to deliver a safer future for the UK. You will be provided with the tools, training and support you need to become a rounded Software Engineer in the sector, whilst gaining a Level 4 Apprenticeship in Software Engineering.

Key Programme features
• An integrated programme delivering learning that supports a strong sense of progression, continuity and collaboration whilst building IT excellence.
• A strong foundation in practical interpersonal and business skills
• Working in teams utilising Agile methodologies
• World class technical training in the latest software engineering languages and approaches - including Java and JavaScript development, Software Testing, DevOps & cloud computing;
• Industry recognised qualifications including: Level 4 Software Developer apprenticeship; Oracle Java Certified; BCS Level 4 Diploma in Software Development Methodologies; Microsoft MTA HTML Level 5 Application Development fundamentals.
• Subject Matter Experts (SME's) imparting experience and knowledge to ensure you have the skills to succeed
• Practical experience of hands-on learning to solve real life business challenges

Who are we looking for?

You may have some work experience in IT, you might be a STEM or Arts graduate looking to apply your degree in technology, a non-graduate with a passion for IT, or a more experienced professional looking to kick-start a new career in software engineering! Whatever your background, you will have the aptitude and passion to solve real world problems using IT. If you want a rewarding career within the sector, making the world a safer place, this Apprenticeship could be for you.

What is in it for you?

•Work-life balance is important; you’ll get 25 days holiday a year and, via our flexible benefits package the option to buy/sell and carry over from the year before
•Our flexible benefits package includes; private medical and dental insurance, a competitive pension scheme, cycle to work scheme, taste cards and more
• Right from the start, you’ll be assigned a buddy to help you find your feet as well as your very own career mentor; someone who is experienced and will help guide you through the early stages of your career. You’ll also have the support of a friendly, close-knit community.
•You are welcome to join any/all of our Diversity and Support groups. These groups cover everything from gender diversity to mental health and wellbeing.
•£18,000 starting salary, rising over the course of the programme
• On completion of the training you will have achieved SFIA level 3 competency in Software Engineering as well as other industry recognised qualifications;

Entry Requirements

To apply for the Software Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme, you’ll require the following:

  • A minimum of 96 UCAS points gained via STEM A-Level qualifications or equivalent (Eg. BTEC)
  • 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C / Level 4-9, including Mathematics, English and ICT.

Security Clearance

We will support you through the UK Security clearance process to DV level which will allow you to work with our more sensitive projects in support of the UK Government.

To be successful in this role you must be eligible to apply for UK DV clearance. Read more about DV clearance using the link below:

What are the next steps?

• CV submission & review
• Digital assessment
• Live Interview

Our Apprentice programmes aren’t just based on academic achievements - practical skills such as a natural aptitude for understanding technical information, good communication skills and a willingness to work and learn are also valuable. So why not come and join us, and be part of our friendly, collaborative culture - where everyone makes their mark.

Life at BAE Systems Digital Intelligence

We are embracing Hybrid Working. This means you and your colleagues may be working in different locations, such as from home, another BAE Systems office or client site, some or all of the time, and work might be going on at different times of the day.

By embracing technology, we can interact, collaborate and create together, even when we’re working remotely from one another. Hybrid Working allows for increased flexibility in when and where we work, helping us to balance our work and personal life more effectively, and enhance well-being.

Diversity and inclusion are integral to the success of BAE Systems Digital Intelligence. We are proud to have an organisational culture where employees with varying perspectives, skills, life experiences and backgrounds - the best and brightest minds - can work together to achieve excellence and realise individual and organisational potential.

Division overview: Capabilities

At BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, we pride ourselves in being a leader in the cyber defence industry, and Capabilities is the engine that keeps the business moving forward. It is the largest area of Digital Intelligence, containing our Engineering, Consulting and Project Management teams that design and implement the defence solutions and digital transformation projects that make us a globally recognised brand in both the public and private sector.

As a member of the Capabilities team, you will be creating and managing the solutions that earn us our place in an ever changing digital world. We all have a role to play in defending our clients, and this is yours.


BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to more than 4,500 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. With a rich heritage in helping to defend nations and businesses from advanced threats, we work collaboratively across 10 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data. We use the latest technologies, best practices and processes – combined with expertise gained from over forty years of application – to empower customers to detect and defend against the latest threats, transform their organisations, and secure their communications across multiple domains.

Everything we do creates a safer future. In a new age of cyber threats, our people have a shared vision to protect the connected world, to create and deliver intelligent global solutions across a dynamic technological landscape.  

The nature of our business means that we’re constantly looking for the very best people to fulfil our ambitions, and help you realise yours.

We’ve built a place that supports the changing needs of our multi-cultural, diverse, global workforce and we believe everyone can make a difference.

Careers webpage: Careers | BAE Systems






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