Cyber Security Apprentice


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Who you’ll be working for:

Smiths Detection, part of Smiths Group, is a global leader in threat detection and screening technologies for aviation, ports and borders, defence, and urban security. Our experience and history across more than 40 years at the frontline, enables us to deliver the solutions needed to protect society from the threat and illegal passage of explosives, prohibited weapons, contraband, toxic chemicals, and narcotics. Our goal is simple – to provide security, peace of mind and freedom of movement, upon which the world depends.

What’s in it for you:

You will gain experience of supporting the development of products that are designed for cyber security.

As a QA apprentice, you’ll gain on-the-job experience, earn a salary and receive all your training at no cost to you. With our career progression pathways, you can take your learning as far as you want – all the way from a Level 3 apprenticeship to a Bachelor or Masters degree, completely debt-free. 

90% of QA apprentices secure permanent employment after completing: this is 20% higher than the national average.

You will be responsible for:

  • Writing, testing and debugging programs in high and low level languages and scripts
  • Configuring an Operating System in accordance with security policy
  • Identifying threats and features
  • Applying system engineering and software development methodologies and models
  • Applying secure programming principles and design patterns to address security issues
  • Discovering, identifying and analysing threats, attack techniques, vulnerabilities and mitigations

You will need the following skills:

  • Knowledge of software development and cyber security
  • Logical thinking and creative approach to problem solving
  • Able to work effectively with others to achieve a common goal
  • Fluent in written communications and able to articulate complex issues
  • Taking a level of responsibility for planning, organizing, implementing

Entry requirements:

  • An A-Level in ICT
  • OR an International Baccalaureate at Level 3 in ICT
  • OR a Level 3 apprenticeship in a similar subject
  • OR a BTEC Extended Diploma in IT (180 credits)

You may also have a combination of qualifications and experience which demonstrate the minimum foundation needed for the programme. In this instance you could still be considered for the programme.

If you hold international equivalents of the above qualifications, at the time of your application you must be able to provide an official document that states how your international qualifications compare to the UK qualifications. 

Find out more here:

Working week:

37 hours per week

Future prospects:

92% of QA Apprentices secure full-time employment after finishing their apprenticeship. Additionally there may be opportunities to undertake further apprenticeship training as many of our programs offer on-going development tracks.

Important information:

QA’s apprenticeships are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), an executive agency of the Department for Education.

To be eligible for a Government funded apprenticeship you must have lived in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 consecutive years.