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Career Growth

Training and development

Whatever your career path, training and development are at the heart of what MI5 does, and you’ll have the opportunity to gain a wide range of skills. As an Investors in People accredited employer, we’re committed to making sure you’re able to do your job effectively, as well as providing you with access to training and the opportunity for continuous development throughout your career.

We encourage our staff to take responsibility for their careers and personal development, and you’ll work with your manager to make the most of your potential through the opportunities available.

Our internal academy offers a variety of options, from corporate training including IT, communication skills, leadership and management, to more specialist and technical training including investigative and analytical techniques and covert operational training.

Developing our managers is crucial and we run foundation management and leadership programmes to give staff the skills they need to succeed in these areas.

Broader development opportunities include lunchtime talks from guest speakers, language training facilities, sponsorship for further education and development days which you can use to study or get involved in activities away from the workplace that help you do your job.


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The training is brilliant, and it’s always ongoing

New Entrant Orientation (NEO)

We know that starting a new job can be daunting, which is why we have developed the New Entrant Orientation programme. This modular pathway runs for the first 100 days of you joining our community, so you can get a feel for our organisation and where your role fits in. With buddies to help you settle in, networking events and socials, our structured programme of learning will give you all the information you need at the right time, tailored to you.

We want everyone who joins our organisation to feel that they belong, and that no matter what role they are doing, they are making a positive impact on the UK’s security.

Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect: