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School Leavers


We recognise that university isn’t for everyone. We need people who are fresh out of school, eager to get started and want to do something interesting and exciting. Every single person, role, and team in our organisation plays its part in helping us keep the country safe. We offer a range of opportunities from busy administrative roles to technical training programmes. Whether you are supporting one of our investigative teams, administrating in human resources or starting out on our Technical Apprenticeship Scheme, you will be part of a supportive team with the opportunity to develop and learn about the exciting work of MI5.

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Yes, You Can

Discover what it’s like for school leavers joining MI5 through our “I Can” Campaign. If you want to do a job that really matters, and where you matter too, MI5 has a role for you. 

I didn’t want to go to uni or college, I wanted to be more hands-on and get paid for it!

Apprenticeships at MI5

After seeing the exceptional quality of many apprentices following their training, MI5 are investing in growing their apprenticeship programmes. Initially we will begin offering more apprenticeships in technology, but hope to expand our apprenticeships into other areas including commercial and operational roles, in due course. 

Why join MI5?

A career at MI5 is like no other.  Not only is it rewarding and unique but the variety here is like no-where else.  It is this variety that means most people stay at MI5 as they are able to fulfil all their career ambitions here without ever having to leave.  We are also committed to rewarding the people who work for us and demonstrating our appreciation for their vital contribution by offering an excellent range of benefits.  And due to the nature of our work it means you can’t take it home with you, so when you leave the office you really do leave your work behind you, providing you with an excellent work-life balance. Whatever role you perform, you will be directly contributing to keeping the country safe.