Apprenticeships 2018

Turn your curiosity into a reality

You may not have heard of the work we do, but behind the closed doors of our hi-tech facilities, some of the world’s most inventive experts are crafting, designing, and creating exciting one-off products to solve unique and interesting problems. With our fully funded Government Apprenticeship opportunities, we can help you push technology to its limits, and turn your curiosity into a reality.

 

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Have you got what it takes?

Are you naturally curious about technology? Do you delve into the heart of gadgets, pursuing what’s possible - while constantly asking ‘what if?’ at every corner? If this has led to a fascination of how tech works, and an interest in designing, improving or making repairs to gadgets or programming and de-bugging nifty software applications, then our apprenticeship is the right one for you.

To earn a place as an HMGCC apprentice, you'll need to meet our entry requirements, have bags of enthusiasm and a genuine interest in technology and engineering.

We will be offering the following apprenticeship programmes for 2018

These are fully funded Government Apprenticeships, with different entry levels depending on the programme.

Software Development & Testing

End Qualification

City & Guilds Level 4 Diploma in Software Languages

BCS (British Computer Society) qualification in System Development Essentials

Entry Point

Level 4 start only

Duration

3 years

IT Support

End Qualification

Level 3 IT Infrastructure

Entry Point

Level 3 start only

Duration

1 year

Electronics

End Qualification

An Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3:

NVQ in Engineering Technical Support Level 3 Extended Diploma

Technical certificate depending on your start point in the scheme:

  • BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Engineering, OR
  • BTEC Level 4 HNC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Entry Point

Flexible start point: Level 3 and Level 4

Duration

3 years

Mechanical Manufacturing

End Qualification

An Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3:

NVQ in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Level 3 Extended Diploma

Technical certificate depending on your start point in the scheme:

  • BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Engineering, OR
  • BTEC Level 4 HNC in Mechanical Engineering

Entry Point

Flexible start point: Level 3 and Level 4

Duration

3 years

End Qualification

City & Guilds Level 4 Diploma in Software Languages

BCS (British Computer Society) qualification in System Development Essentials

Entry Point

Level 4 start only

Duration

3 years

Software Development & Testing

End Qualification

City & Guilds Level 4 Diploma in Software Languages

BCS (British Computer Society) qualification in System Development Essentials

Entry Point

Level 4 start only

Duration

3 years

IT Support

End Qualification

Level 3 IT Infrastructure

Entry Point

Level 3 start only

Duration

1 year

Electronics

End Qualification

An Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3:

NVQ in Engineering Technical Support Level 3 Extended Diploma

Technical certificate depending on your start point in the scheme:

  • BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Engineering, OR
  • BTEC Level 4 HNC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Entry Point

Flexible start point: Level 3 and Level 4

Duration

3 years

Mechanical Manufacturing

End Qualification

An Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3:

NVQ in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering Level 3 Extended Diploma

Technical certificate depending on your start point in the scheme:

  • BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma in Engineering, OR
  • BTEC Level 4 HNC in Mechanical Engineering

Entry Point

Flexible start point: Level 3 and Level 4

Duration

3 years

Our 2018 Apprenticeships

We invest a huge amount of time in developing and supporting our apprentices because we recognise just how important you are for the future success of HMGCC. And once you join us you’ll see what an amazing career you could have with us – over 80% of our apprentices still work for our organisation since they started nearly ten years ago. Why? Because we value our staff and enable you to develop your potential in order to realise the career you want: this could include further training, digital learning or secondments internally and across Government to try something new or even a little bit different!

What you’ll learn

As an apprentice, you’ll join a world-class team at HMGCC. We want to hear what you’re thinking and we’ll show you how the work we do is beyond anything you’ve seen or heard of before. It’s what keeps our Government communications secure.

The programmes are based on blended learning through a combination including classroom training, online learning, mentored work placements and projects. Each programme is specifically tailored to get the most out of your learning and practical sessions.

Your on-the-job training will be based in our high-tech facilities in Milton Keynes and your classroom training will take place nearby.

Your apprenticeship includes:

  • Training to create one-off, cutting-edge products
  • Learning from the most inventive experts around
  • Working in an impressive, hi-tech facility
  • Being part of a well-supported team, with other apprentices.

Why should you choose an apprenticeship with us?

  • We’ll cover all your tuition and training fees
  • You’ll receive a starting salary in excess of £16,000, which increases each year
  • And you’ll also get the same brilliant benefits that everyone who works here does, which includes gym access, bikes for work scheme and a balcony cafe. Look through our benefits to find out more.

 

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Frequently asked questions

How old must I be to apply?

To apply for one of our 2018 apprenticeships, you must be 18 years old on or before 12 March 2018. There is no upper age limit.

Have you got any advice for completing my application form?

We recommend you:

  • Look at the ‘Technical Skills’ criteria for the position and answer all the questions in full
  • Tailor your C.V. to show us how your skills match our job description
  • Tell us about why you want to work at HMGCC and why you’re interested in the role
  • Tell us about anything you do in relation to engineering at home/work/college. Do you build or fix computers? Have you got an interest in computer programming or making things?
  • Don’t be afraid to sell yourself and shout about your skills.
What qualifications or personal attributes do I need to join the apprenticeship scheme?

Qualifications will depend on which apprenticeship you apply for. You can find the details in the job description.

But you will be the type of person who:

  • Enjoys working in a team and treats everyone with respect in order to achieve your goals
  • Likes to plan ahead and see tasks through from start to finish
  • Enjoys coming up with creative solutions to problems
  • Is excited by a challenge and pays attention to detail
  • Has good communication skills and has the confidence to ask questions
  • Enjoys sharing your knowledge and experiences with colleagues and other apprentices
  • Takes pride in doing your best, even in a challenging situation
  • Has a real desire to learn and improve your knowledge and skills.
I’ve submitted an application. What happens next?

Your application will be sifted against our essential entry criteria and if it’s chosen, we’ll invite you to attend an initial aptitude test (and colour blind test for some roles). Throughout the process, you’ll be asked to attend a group assessment, technical interview, and occupational psychologist interview (not as scary as it sounds!).

If you’re successful, you’ll be invited to attend an Open Day. You’ll have to go through our security vetting, as the work we do with the Government is confidential. If you pass, you’ll be invited back to sign your contract of employment and attend a new starter induction that takes place in September.

Will HMGCC help me to gain additional qualifications?

Once you've finished your apprenticeship, support for additional qualifications is available along as they meet our business requirements, as well as your development needs.

When can I apply?

We recruit for Apprentices every Autumn.

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Can I apply for more than one apprentice place?

No. You can only make one application, so please select the apprenticeship most suited to you. But don’t worry, if we think you’d be more suited to a different area, we’ll chat about that with you at interview.

What if I want to retrain?

You can still apply, as long as your qualifications or experience is in a different area to the apprenticeship that you are applying for. Please get in contact with us to discuss whether you’re eligible.

What happens when I finish my apprenticeship?

At the end of the scheme, you’ll continue to build on your career at HMGCC while continuing to develop your skills. The opportunities here are boundless if you have the potential and the ambition.

Any more questions?

If you have any further questions about our apprenticeship schemes or your apprenticeship application, please get in contact with us and someone will get back to you with the answers.

Our Stories

"The IT Apprenticeship scheme was the perfect fit" (1m 45secs)
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I would highly recommend HMGCC's apprenticeship to anyone. Jack

I joined HMGCC as a Software Testing Apprentice working towards an HNC in Computing & Systems Development and a firm platform to build a career on at the end of the programme.

My Apprenticeship involved a year full-time at college followed by a couple of years spent working in the various software departments and visiting college every few weeks. As well as a solid start to my career in software, I made some fantastic friends in my fellow apprentices, and we were all warmly welcomed into the organisation. I'd also earned enough money while studying to buy myself a new sports car!

At the end of my apprenticeship, I was offered the chance to top up my HNC into an HND, and upon taking the offer, I was given a day a week to attend college. After working in Software Testing for a period of time, HMGCC supported my move into Software Development. I was provided with all of the relevant training I would need and went through our Sofware Landing Zone to get me ready.

I've now got the same level job that I would have applied for after University, but instead, I've been paid to learn the same skills, and have got several years of work experience! HMGCC is a great place to work; they actively promote professional development, want to see their staff excel, and promote a good work/ life balance. I would highly recommend HMGCC and in particular their apprenticeship scheme, to anyone.

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