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DE&S Project Professional Apprenticeship Scheme

Salary: £18,000 per annum

Location: Bristol, Bristol County

Application Deadline: EXPIRED

Job Type: Advanced Apprenticeship

Contract Type: Contract

The job

Summary of the job role

At DE&S - a vital part of the Ministry of Defence - we manage complex projects and delivery activities that equip and support the UK's Armed Forces for both current and future operations. There's a shared sense of pride amongst our 11,500 people, who work as one team to support, serve and protect the UK's frontline forces.

Our work is every bit as complex and commercially challenging as any you'll find in the private sector, but it's a good feeling to know that we're doing this for a purpose, not for a profit.

We ask a lot of our people. In return, we give them the training and development the job demands and the respect and rewards that it deserves.

Join us and you'll find this is a very supportive and inclusive place to work. We look out for each other and make sure everyone has flexibility and freedom to achieve the right work-life balance.

This scheme will develop members' knowledge and understanding of how our projects are delivered gaining an insight into Project Management and Project Controls including Schedule, Risk and Cost Analysis.

Our Apprenticeships will provide real job experience in a large project delivery organisation working alongside military and industry partners to successfully deliver outputs within Performance, Time and Cost parameters. Apprentices will receive a full induction as well as on the job coaching and personal/professional development, whilst studying for the Associate Project Manager Level 4 apprenticeship and the Association of Project Managers Project Management Qualification.

Your placement will take place in a one of our organisational areas known as Domains (Land, Fleet, Air, Joint Enablers, Corporate) getting involved in multi-function activities. In conjunction with the work placements, you will be provided with project specific training. The placement will be overseen by the Project Professional Entry Talent Team to ensure that you receive challenging work and development opportunities.

Your CV and Personal Statement needs to demonstrate your ability to successfully enhance a team environment, showcase your customer focus and strength in written and oral communication. In person, you will be driven and enthusiastic with an engaging manner, challenge orientated and innovative in solving problems.


• Key achievements
• Career history
• Applied skills, knowledge and experience
• Qualifications

Applicants who hold a degree (or equivalent) qualification are encouraged to apply for the Project Professional Graduate Scheme, which is advertised on an annual basis (January/February).
Please note this role is aimed at applicants who do not have relevant professional experience within the areas listed above (Project Management/Project Controls). Those wishing to be considered for Project Controls positions at an equivalent level with experience can do so through the appropriate Level 1 Recruitment Campaigns on Civil Service Jobs.

You may be involved in a number of different delivery activities including:
• Developing and documenting components of projects as required by the Project Team;
• Cost estimating, analysis and control activities;
• Under supervision provide comments and recommendations for cost management requirements relative to staffing and project controls;
• Schedule development, maintenance and monitoring
• Risk, Assumptions, Issues, Dependencies and Opportunities management;
• Earned value management analysis and control activities;
• Development of workforce planning and staffing plans;
• Providing data to support business cases, strategic plans, customer presentations, bid evaluation and contract negotiations;
• Stakeholder Engagement.

We are seeking individuals who:

• Enjoy solving complex problems and can deliver clear and effective solutions.
• Can understand the bigger picture whilst dealing with the essential detail
• Have high standards of written and verbal communication
• Embrace change
• Have a strong focus on customer service
• Have a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion
• Are pro-active and willing to take responsibility for their own development and career progression, and able to commit to a 2-year training programme

We've created an environment where you can look forward to coming to work and are empowered to be at your best. We offer flexibility in how you work that helps you do your job in a way that suits you, alongside opportunities to help you grow and progress throughout your career - and a choice of benefits to suit your lifestyle. Our sites are all designed to be accessible with good transport links, along with cycle racks and car parking.

We also want you to feel supported in your work environment, so, where we can, we aim to offer cafés and canteens, sports facilities, cash machines and green and pleasant surroundings.
We offer two market-leading pension schemes.

You can choose between the Alpha scheme or the Partnership scheme.
Generous 25 days holiday a year, increasing one day a year to 30 days after five years. In addition, you'll get 8 bank holidays.

The candidate

Required Education

5 GCSE grades (9-4) including Maths and English Language (or comparable/predicted).
2 A Levels, Grades (A*- D) in any subject or equivalent (or comparable/predicted).

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