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Make a complex world yours with GCHQ


At GCHQ, we are dedicated to protecting the UK’s people, businesses and interests from a variety of threats – from sophisticated organised crime to hackers and terrorists.

Every hour of every day, we work alongside MI5 and MI6 to keep the nation safe, secure and successful, using our technical expertise to do so.

To achieve this, we rely on far more than our technical specialists alone. We employ a range of people with diverse skills, experiences and backgrounds, which enable them to support the mission in one capacity or another. They range from Foreign Language Analysts to professionals in areas such as Project Management, Procurement and Human Resources. They have the ability to approach complex problems from different perspectives. What they share is a commitment to achieve GCHQ’s mission.

Our Apprenticeships give you hands-on technical experience, with unparalleled access to leading experts and cutting-edge technologies. We mix classroom learning, research and project work, liaising across GCHQ, MI5 and MI6.

Every year we also run paid summer schools. They build on your natural aptitude for all things cyber, offering you that stepping stone to future student summer schools or permanent employment with us. Over the summer, our programme will see you learn about the technology we use to protect the nation. As with all of our summer schools, it combines classroom sessions with real-time exercises.

CyberFirst is a student bursary scheme offering financial support to kick-start your career. It can be offered to students who have an offer to study, or have already started, their first undergraduate degree in a STEM or Social Sciences subject at a UK University. It also gives the possibility of three years’ work in a cyber security role following graduation.

We need fresh thinkers. Innovators. People who will go above and beyond. Who will collaborate at creating an environment where everyone’s appreciated for the skills they bring. An environment where everyone can contribute and have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Help us solve the apparently unsolvable, and be right at the heart of British Intelligence.

Make a complex world yours.

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