Electronic Engineering Technician Apprenticeship at DSTL

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Electronic Engineering Technician Apprenticeship

Salary: £14,075

This bespoke programme has been developed in partnership with our training provider, Wiltshire College Chippenham, to enable apprentices to acquire the underpinning knowledge and skills required for a range of roles.

Our vision is to create a Gateway of opportunities within which you will learn about Dstl. This is a great way to explore future career pathways and to develop and demonstrate a wide ranging skill set.

On successful completion of the Apprenticeship the training programme has previously led to many exciting roles across the business. These have included: Range Technician, Workshop Technician, Electronic Engineer and higher level apprenticeships such as Ordnance Munitions and Explosives Engineering, Embedded Electronics and Cyber Systems.

Job description

This role will include - Electronics fault finding, testing equipment, calibration of equipment, a basic understanding of mechanical manufacturing and CAD design.

This Apprenticeship responds to the changing demands of the business. We recently included additional modules such as: RF (Radio Frequency) Fundamentals, Micro Controllers, and Coding & Programming.

Year 1 - College Full time
Year 2 - Placements plus day release
Year 3 & 4 - Full time placements leading to End Point Assessment

Throughout the apprenticeship you will be encouraged to develop and demonstrate the underpinning knowledge, skills and behaviours outlined in the apprenticeship standard. You will also undertake an End Point Assessment, which you must pass to acquire a permanent role within the organisation.

You will need to be responsible for your development through Independent Learning to realise your full potential.

We will encourage you to demonstrate dedication and engagement during the apprenticeship programme to our organisation and training partner.

Working alongside Dstl colleagues will enable you to complete tasks and work to the quality and timescales required. You will be encouraged to participate fully in the learning opportunities available from Dstl and other organisations.


  • Applicants must be 18 years of age at the start of the programme, Sept 2021
  • Candidates must be UK Nationals.
  • Must hold at least 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4 or above, which must include Math, English and at least one science.

Essential Skills

  • A passion for electronic engineering/ technology
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Natural problem solver who enjoys challenge
  • Innovator
  • Flexible, open to change
  • Desire to learn
  • Team Player
  • Desire to know how things work


5 GCSEs or equivalent at 4/5 or above which must include Maths, English and 1 science subject.


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

  • Developing Self and Others
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Managing a Quality Service


We'll provide a great range of benefits including:

  • Fully flexible working, including alternative working patterns, annualised hours, compressed hours and job share, to name a few.
  • Flexible Working hours, a 12 month reference period and the ability to bank hours. Up to 20 hours can be taken in any calendar month.
  • Excellent learning and development to ensure everyone fulfils their potential.
  • Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.
  • Chartership and accreditation support.
  • Pension.
  • Generous annual leave, with the ability to buy and sell up to 5 days holiday per year.
  • A competitive salary.
  • Onsite gyms and restaurants.
  • Staff discounts for high street and online shopping, restaurants and days out.

Our Diversity Networks

DSTL recognises the importance of diversity and inclusion as people from diverse backgrounds bring fresh ideas. We are committed to building an inclusive working environment in which each employee fulfils their potential and maximises their contribution. We have a number of support networks to ensure all employees feel supported at work.

These include the following:

  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Network
  • Faith and Culture Network
  • Parents and Carer Support Network
  • Alternative Working Network
  • Gender Equality Network
  • New Starters Network

How to apply

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