Be Like Bond: Apprenticeships in British Intelligence

Have you ever wanted to live the dream life of a movie spy? Well, although the reality of the job…



Have you ever wanted to live the dream life of a movie spy? Well, although the reality of the job is probably some way away from the romanticised grit and glamour of Skyfall, or the camp excesses of the Avengers, there’s an opportunity for interested candidates to become part of a unique and prestigious apprenticeship in British Intelligence.

Working with GCHQ, MI5 (Security Service) and MI6 (Secret Intelligence Service) – this Higher Apprenticeship is very much like no other: based in Cheltenham, the two year Technical programme in IT, Software, Internet, Telecoms allows the lucky candidates to earn a wage (c.£17,000) as you gain a unique insight into a world that you won’t find on any university course. Not only that, but with GCHQ you’ll be working with and learning about some of the best and most cutting edge technology.

During the two year Higher Apprenticeship programme – which will consist of university delivered education, specific technical training and work based placements – you’ll make a real contribution to the mission of the Intelligence services to tackle cyber threats, terrorism, counter espionage and organised crime. The first step in a career in Intelligence.

In order to qualify for consideration, you’ll have, or be expected to gain by September 2013, three A-Levels (or equivalent qualifications), two of which must be at Grade C or above in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) related subject, Applicants must be British citizens. GCHQ values diversity and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community

Does this sound like something you’d be interested in? Applications close on 30th November 2012, and you can register for their open days in Manchester, London or Cheltenham at

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