Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S)

UK: 11,100
Internationally: 60
Graduate Vacancies: 100+

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What does your organisation do?

We are proud to offer graduates the opportunity to join what is probably the very best graduate development scheme for engineers and scientists in the UK: The Ministry of Defence, DE&S, Defence Engineering and Science Group Graduate Scheme.

The UK needs modern battle winning forces to defend its interests and to contribute to strengthening international peace and security. Cutting edge engineering and science is a critical component in supporting this effort.

Our prestigious graduate scheme is accredited by: IET, IMechE, RINA, IoP, IMarEST and RAeS and has been an industry leader for over thirty years - launching thousands of graduates into satisfying careers in engineering and science.

It is because of our requirement to safeguard the UK and its interests that the range and depth of the development opportunities that we offer are exceptional - making us a market leader.  Moreover, we believe that the quality of our training programme, our accelerated path to chartership, personal mentoring and huge investment in each graduate sets us apart from competitors in the engineering and science field.

What area(s) / disciplines of engineering and technology do you recruit?

Multiple engineering disciplines – see for the exciting details!

How do you create an inclusive workforce?

At DE&S, we believe that only a diverse workforce can bring the talent and qualities that will help us be successful and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment where all our employees can thrive. We believe that by ensuring that no matter who you are, where you come from or how you think - you will feel safe, supported, without barriers to be yourself and the best you that you can be.

Our people are supported to really be themselves; barriers to talent are removed; differences are valued and our employees treated fairly and with respect. We run a number of networks and initiatives across our organisation to ensure that the needs of all employees, regardless of age, race, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other dimension of diversity are considered.

In addition, our DE&S Outreach Programme offers our employees to engage with diverse potential talent pools and promote DE&S as a challenging and rewarding place to work in recognition of the benefits that attracting diversity brings to our organisation. We encourage our employees to join our networks and Outreach Programme and bring their fresh ideas to make DE&S a more inclusive place to work.

Top 5 tips for applying for a role at DE&S

  1. Check the Nationality and Degree requirement of the post to which you are applying.
  2. Check that your Engineering Degree is accredited.
  3. If you require clarification regarding your eligibility to apply, telephone 030-679-84320
  4. Read the application process requirements carefully, to ensure that you complete all the parts relevant to you.
  5. We are committed to a fair and open competition. So, just do your best, and we will do the rest!

Role Models


Name: Ben Truscott
Job Title: Nuclear Degree Apprentice – Currently working within Nuclear Decommissioning
Engineering Discipline: Nuclear Engineering

I have worked for Defence Equipment & Support as a Nuclear Degree Apprentice for 3 years and have had the opportunity to work on some amazing projects, ranging from the design of Dreadnought class Submarines to decommissioning a nuclear reactor. As a gay man I was apprehensive about joining the Ministry of Defence, knowing that I would be working alongside many servicemen and women and having preconceptions of how I would be perceived of treated, however I quickly came to realise that my fears were unfounded as every team I have worked in has been welcoming and friendly. I am able to thrive in this company and I am rewarded on the hard work I put in. Nuclear engineering is an extremely fascinating and complex career path with a diverse range of avenues to explore. I would recommend the DE&S Apprenticeships to anyone looking for a career in engineering.

Peter DES

Name: Peter Janik (BSc IEng MRAeS)
Job Title: Engineering Manager
Engineering Discipline: Aerospace

I work within the safety team of the new A400M aircraft Delivery Team in DE&S, and have a varied workload that supports the safe use of the aircraft and solves engineering problems. Growing up in Children’s Homes without the best start in education led me to practical engineering work with aircraft, degrees in architecture in my 30’s, then back to aircraft engineering in my 40’s. Being diagnosed with Asperger’s (Autism Spectrum Condition) and Dyslexia in my 40’s has not stopped me. Understanding the strengths that my disabilities provide has led me back to what I have always loved since childhood – aircraft and what I enjoy most. The key to an exciting career in engineering is find out what you are good at, enjoy the learning journey, but be proud of who you are and see that within a disability are lots of abilities; and through this you will shine.

Vimbai DES

Name: Vimbai Fedrick
Job Title: Engineering Policy Manager
Engineering Discipline: Electrical/ Electronics 

I work in the Submarine Chief Engineer’s team as Engineering Policy Manager, working with Submarine Industry to develop coherent and current portfolio of Maritime Engineering standards.

I worked as an Engineering Specialist in previous posts and currently, I work on a variety of projects, including Pan-Industry Engineering LFE, Maritime future capability and representing MOD on Pan-Industry Electrical and Standards working groups.

DE&S offer a wide range of development opportunities open to all, that help to develop your career. This includes, sponsored Masters Degrees, internal and external professional courses. I have gained Chartered Engineer status with the IET, as a result of the development opportunities and the experience which I gained whilst working in DE&S

Being a diverse engineer has enabled me to overcome challenges of being different in a work environment whilst also strengthening my confidence to deliver capability and prove my ability as a female and ethnic minority engineer.