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Locations: London/Gloucester

Start Date: June 2021

Our National Security Academy is unique. Designed to develop individuals with the confidence and technical capability to support a safer future, you will be provided with the tools, training and support you need to become a rounded Software Engineer in the National Security sector whilst gaining a Level 4 Apprenticeship in Software Engineering.

You may have some work experience within IT, or you might be a Graduate or non-Graduate who has a passion for IT – if so, the National Security Academy could be for you. The programme will provide you with the technical knowledge and interpersonal skills to work with confidence in a wide variety of challenging business environments.

Whilst you progress through our National Security Academy we will support you through the UK Security clearance process up 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:


The National Security Academy is delivered in partnership with QA Apprenticeships. Candidates will learn and develop together and feel part of the programme from day one. On completion of the initial training phase, 4 months in total, learners will then deploy into permanent roles in either London or Gloucester.

This role is suitable for graduates or non-graduates who are looking to enhance their current skill or change careers.

Key Programme features

  • An integrated 2 year programme delivering learning that supports a strong sense of progression, continuity and collaboration whilst building IT excellence.
  • Achieve a Level 4 Software Engineering qualification
  • 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;
  • 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

What’s in it for you?

  • Industry leading intensive training by QA Apprenticeships for 4 months, supporting your development to becoming a skilled, work-ready Software Engineer.
  • Candidates will be Security Cleared at the highest level in order to support government contracts;
  • On completion of the training you will have achieved SFIA level 3 competency in Software Engineering as well as other industry recognised qualifications;
  • Support and mentorship from BAE Systems National Security subject matter experts
  • A demanding and rewarding career in National Security – making the world a safer place.

Reward & Benefits

  • £20k salary during training
  • Market leading £26k salary upon completion of the 4 months of of training
  • Regular uplifts in salary throughout the programme
  • Fully funded training
  • 25 days holiday per year, with the option to buy/sell additional days
  • Pension scheme
  • Car lease and share schemes
  • Pick and mix benefits package
  • Wide variety of development and training opportunities.

Entry Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply for this role you must:

  • Be 18 or over
  • Be eligible for DV clearance
  • Numerate – demonstrated by GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent) at grade C (or equivalent) or above
  • Literate – demonstrated by GCSE English (or equivalent) at grade C (or equivalent) or above
  • Be able to demonstrate a passion for IT

Assessment Process

Should your initial application be successful, you will be contacted by the recruiter with further information. Likely assessment activities include:

  • CV submission & review
  • Online assessment
  • Video interview

If successful you will be contacted by our recruitment team and invited to complete an online assessment. The start date for this role will be in June 2021.

BAE Systems is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at BAE Systems, including women, BAME and applicants with disabilities. Please note we will not use any personal information relating to your background at any stage of the application process.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK and be able to successfully achieve DV security clearance.

Life at BAE Systems Applied 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 wellbeing.

Diversity and inclusion are integral to the success of BAE Systems Applied 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.

About BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

We use our intelligence-led insights to help defend Governments, Nations and Societies from cyber-attacks and financial crime. Our customers depend on our evolving capabilities to help them safely grow their organisations. Our unprecedented access to threat intelligence, world-leading analysts and market-leading technology means we can help them to adapt, evolve and stay ahead of the criminals.

Division overview: Government

At BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, we pride ourselves in being a leader in the cyber defence industry, and Government contracts are an area we have many decades of experience in. Our Government business unit houses four of our critical client groups: UK National Security, Global National Security, defence and central government. Government and key infrastructure networks are critical targets to defend as the effects of these networks being breached can be devastating.

As a member of the Government business unit, you will defend the connected world and ensure the protection of nations. We all have a role to play in defending our clients, and this is yours.


About Us

At BAE Systems, we help our customers to stay a step ahead when protecting people and national security, critical infrastructure and vital information. We provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employ a skilled workforce of 85,800 people in more than 40 countries.

From state of the art cyber threat detection to flight control systems that enable pilots to make better decisions, we never stop innovating to ensure that our customers maintain their advantage. This is a long-term commitment involving significant investments in skills. We also work closely with local partners to support economic development through the transfer of knowledge, skills and technology.