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Kick start your career in Defence with a DIO apprenticeship

Picture of Holywell Bay beach surrounding the Penhale Training Camp in Cornwall.
As an apprentice at DIO, you'll get the opportunity to travel across the Defence estate. Here's a picture from one of our apprentices who visited Holywell Bay in Cornwall, which surrounds the Penhale Training Camp. [MOD Crown Copyright/2018]
From visiting military firing ranges to supporting multi-million pound infrastructure programmes, apprenticeships at DIO can offer a unique insight into the world of Defence.

There are a wide range of apprenticeships available at DIO to help you develop specialist skills. From apprenticeships in estate surveying to management and data insight, there are a wide range of opportunities available to help you kick start your career.

There’s a common myth that apprenticeships are aimed at individuals leaving school, but that’s not true, they are available to everyone and are a great way to learn on the job.  You can gain a nationally-recognised qualification up to Level 7, which is equivalent to a degree and masters, without the burden of having to pay off a student loan!

What our apprentices think  

This week is National Apprenticeship Week and to celebrate, we’d like to share experiences from some of our apprentices who work in varied roles across DIO.

Martin Robson, Assistant Estate Surveyor, Chartered Surveyor Commercial Property Pathway Apprenticeship

Portrait image of Martin Robson an Assistant Estate Surveyor on the Chartered Surveyor Commercial Property Pathway Apprenticeship Scheme [MOD Crown Copyright/2019]
Martin Robson [MOD Crown Copyright/2019]

I work with landlords and tenants to help ensure the smooth running of the Defence estate. I’ve prepared site plans, carried out property inspections and valuation exercises.

I’ve visited Salisbury Plain to see housing developments taking place as part of the Army Basing Programme and had the opportunity to take a tour of a firing range in Cornwall to learn about the importance of MOD byelaws.

Visiting sites where developments are taking place has really helped me apply my learning to real-life work situations and gain experience. This type of work is truly unique and would be limited if I didn’t work in DIO.

Niall Ford, Data Insight Apprentice, Business Administration Apprenticeship

A portrait image of one of our apprentices Niall Ford who is a Data Insight Apprentice at DIO on the Business Administration Apprenticeship Scheme [MOD Crown Copyright/2018]
Niall Ford [MOD Crown Copyright/2019]

My apprenticeship has allowed me to work, learn, travel and have a great work-life balance.

My role is a mix of working on surveys, creating web pages, filling out finance forms and helping to build a knowledge management hub which supports document and information sharing.

I’ve got the chance to travel across the UK to see how soldiers, reserves and paramedics train and how they use the infrastructure that DIO builds and maintains to do this. These are just some of the opportunities you will get at DIO alongside achieving a nationally-recognised accreditation. I’ve started a career that will last a lifetime.

Stephanie Cooper, Chartered Management Institute Operations and Departmental Manager Apprenticeship

An F-35A Lightning II from the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, takes off at Royal Air Force Base Lakenheath, England, April 25. The F-35A is a fifth generation fighter that provides the joint warfighter unprecedented global precision attack capability against current and emerging threats, while complementing the Air Force’s air superiority fleet. [MOD Crown Copyright/2017]
An F-35A Lightning II from the 34th Fighter Squadron takes off at RAF Lakenheath [MOD Crown Copyright/2017]

After three years of working for DIO, I decided to take an apprenticeship to help enhance my career. I currently support the United States Infrastructure Programme and work alongside the US Visiting Forces to support major projects such as the work to bring the US F-35s to RAF Lakenheath.

Working at DIO has allowed me to learn and work at the same time. I’ve gained a vast range of knowledge and new skills that I wouldn’t have gained from doing the job alone.

Luke Davis, Communications Apprentice, GCS Apprenticeship Scheme

Portrait photo of Luke Davis, a Communications Apprentice at DIO. [MOD Crown Copyright/2019]
Luke Davis [MOD Crown Copyright/2019]

My responsibilities are quite varied. One day I could be filming a video for DIO’s social media channels and the next, I could be planning a campaign. I’ve had the opportunity to get out and about on the Defence Training Estate to film how our Armed Forces live, work and train. My apprenticeship has helped to improve my communications skills and has given me the confidence to take on more challenging work.

Start your career in Defence

So, why not blaze a trail and kick-start your career in Defence with an apprenticeship at DIO? To find out more, keep an eye on our LinkedIn page for future apprenticeship opportunities.





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  1. Comment by Jason Lindsay posted on

    I am an 22 year veteran and have had a year off. I left the RA as a WO2 Trials Development Officer and looking for work in the Andover area part time. Is there anything available within this area. I have worked extensively on SPTA running Artillery Range live fire exercises among some of my jobs.


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