Parents and Guardians
At MI5, we keep the country safe. It means we offer some really varied, interesting and unique careers. That’s what the TV shows do get right. But sometimes we’re portrayed as a dangerous place to work, or a place that only employs one type of person. While that might be the case in fictional drama, it’s definitely not the real us. We’ve got lots of opportunities, for lots of different people. And that includes school-leavers.
We actually take on people from the age of 18, and we offer a range of apprenticeships, internships, graduate schemes and entry-level roles. And once you’re in MI5, you can job-shadow other teams to learn what they do, and, after a few years, even move into other roles. A lot of people go on to have many different careers all under one roof.
But it’s not all work, work, work. It’s such a collaborative and social place that people quickly make friends for life. Our personal interests outside of work are really important to us. We’ve got a range of societies where everyone can get to know each other better and share their passions. These help us create our inclusive culture, where employees can be themselves and share their ideas.
So what are we after? All we’re looking for is someone who’s keen to learn and has potential. With this, we teach our employees everything they’ll need to know. We run a thorough induction scheme where all new starters can meet and learn about MI5. And no matter the role, there’ll be plenty of training and lots of team support. Everyone is assigned a ‘buddy’ to help them settle in. And we have a dedicated team on site to give security advice. Looking after our staff is our top priority.
That’s partly why our recruitment process takes longer than other companies. We ask candidates to go through Developed Vetting (DV). It’s our way of getting to know everyone who works here and making sure they won’t be vulnerable. Don’t worry, a dedicated and experienced Vetting Officer will be on hand to answer any questions they have and support them through the process. Our recruitment team will be in touch with them too. They’ll make sure they know what to expect next and update them about their application.
While the process is a little longer, we promise we’re worth the wait. But don’t just take our word for it. Visit our careers site to hear from real school-leavers and find out more information.