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GCHQ – Apprenticeships in British Intelligence


Whilst of course there is a lot to be said for going to university, sometimes there are opportunities which exist which offer a lot more than any university course could ever provide. One such opportunity is the internship programme offered by GCHQ. Yes, you got that right!  GCHQ i.e. the UK Government’s Communication Headquarters are offering an innovative and truly unique internship programme.
Working with GCHQ, MI5 (Security Service) and MI6 (Secret Intelligence Service), this is a Higher Apprenticeship scheme that is like no other.

There are a whole host of benefits to undertaking one of these internships.Firstly, you will be earning a salary and getting an insight into a world that you never would get otherwise, especially on any university course. When working at GCHQ, you will be working with and indeed learning all about some of the best and latest cutting edge technologies. The work of GCHQ is always evolving and challenging so there will always be new opportunities for you to develop and explore.
Also, one of the most important benefits is that you will be playing a part and making a real worthwhile contribution to the intelligence services’ missions – helping to tackle cyber threats and terrorism, counter espionage and deal with organised crime.

For the duration of the 2 year programme, you will be supported with a mix of both university delivered education, work based placements and projects as well as specific technical training.The first year of the placement would be based in Cheltenham whilst there may be some opportunities in London for the placement’s second year. Of course it doesn’t just stop when the programme ends.If you successfully complete the apprenticeship, you will gain a Foundation Degree, a Level 4 Diploma in IT Professional Competence and of course a whole host of technical skills which you could use to forge a career in British Intelligence.

If this internship programme interests you, you need to start straight away by registering your interest. GCHQ are holding open days in Manchester, London and Cheltenham for which you must register online at www.careersinbritishintelligence.co.uk. The programme opened for applications on 18th October and closes on 30th November 2012. So no time to spare!

As for the criteria? Well, all applicants must be British citizens, must have or be expected to gain by September 2013, 3 A Levels (or equivalent qualification), 2 of which must be at Grade C or above in a STEM related subject i.e. Science, Technology, Engineering, or Maths.
GCHQ truly welcomes diversity amongst it’s workforce, to in turn reflect the diversity of the work it undertakes and therefore applicants from all sections of the community are welcomed.

If you’d like some more details on the scheme and what it offers and its’ benefits, why not visit the website itself:  www.careersinbritishintelligence.co.uk – and find out all the additional information you’re likely to need.

We’d love of course to hear your thoughts on this internship. What do you think about its’ unique offering? Do you envisage other benefits from undertaking it? Do let us know via the comments section below.


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