Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Degree Apprenticeship at DSTL

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Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Degree Apprenticeship

Do you want to really make a difference and help protect our front line forces? You could be part of an internationally recognised team

We are looking to grow our future technical experts.

Join us as an apprentice, earn and gain a degree whilst working alongside some of the worlds experts.

In this role you will:

The successful candidate will work in the Electronic Warfare Technology and Enterprise (EWTE) Group in Cyber and Information Systems (CIS) Division or the Energetic Technologies Group in the Counter Terrorism and Security Division at Dstl Porton Down as an apprentice and develop skills in:

  • Electrical circuit theory
  • Basic electrical theory
  • Electronic components
  • Design of functional electronic systems and circuits from component level
  • Health and Safety
  • Oral and written communications
  • Structured software programming for embedded software, including testing methodology

Job description

We are looking for someone who:

  • Has a personal interest, aptitude and enthusiasm for engineering, science, problem solving, or similar practical activities
  • Is inquisitive and has the desire to design and improve on what is currently possible.
  • Has a proven track record of effective team working
  • Has the ability to prioritise effectively
  • Has the ability to work and communicate with a range of stakeholders
  • Is comfortable working outside in all weathers (we will provide appropriate personal protective equipment)
  • Has the ability to produce, update and maintain records and documentation.
  • Has the ability to coordinate and task others
  • Has demonstrable examples of problem solving
  • Can anticipate problems with equipment, identify solutions and solve straightforward problems
  • Has examples of working independently


During your apprenticeship, you will be involved with work supporting our colleagues such as the Home Office, MoD, National Crime Agency, Army, Navy and other government departments, as part of a supportive team with the opportunity to develop and learn about the exciting work of Dstl.

You will be encouraged and supported through the programme to take ownership of your development through Independent Learning to realise your full potential.

This Apprenticeship will consist of a mixture of academic learning through block release at University and practical work within various groups with Dstl.

Ideally you will have an interest in technical hobbies such as computer programming using Arduino and Raspberry Pi, amateur radio, radio control modelling or robotics and skills including soldering, antenna design or building computers. Some of the skills you could develop within this role include:

  • Analogue and digital electronics practical experience and theoretical knowledge
  • RF circuit design and implementation
  • Hardware, Software and Firmware design and implementation
  • Digital signal processor and Field Programmable Gate Array design and implementation
  • Software Programming and Embedded Software analysis
  • Ability to use standard electronic test equipment
  • Knowledge of Electronic Warfare tools and techniques
  • Mathematical modelling and data processing

In addition to your technical skills, you will be able to think systematically, logically, and creatively; you will have a natural desire to understand how things work and why they perform as they do; you will be able to communicate effectively; and you will be driven by a passion for engineering and technology coupled with the desire to ensure that the United Kingdom armed forces have the best information and equipment possible


You will need to hold five A*-C Grade GCSEs or equivalent, including English & Maths, A-Level standard, or equivalent, in Mathematics and at least one further STEM based subject, such as Physics, ICT, Computing or Electronics.

This could include experience gained through industrial apprentice schemes or military service.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Changing and Improving
  • Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

Give an example of a time when you have applied your engineering knowledge to a problem outside of your studies.

About Dstl

Dstl is responsible for designing, developing and applying the very latest in science and technology for the benefit of UK defence and security, across government. In our work, we partner with other brilliant people – collaborating with everyone from small companies and world-class universities, to large defence organisations and other nations. Together, we develop battle-winning technologies, based on deep and widespread research.

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