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Our Technology Graduate Development Programme (TGDP) offers an exciting opportunity to work in a unique and stimulating environment, where technology plays a crucial and increasingly frontline role. Whatever your chosen business area, you will be contributing to protecting the UK from threats to national security, including terrorism and espionage.

TGDP is a structured two year programme that gives you the experience, knowledge and skills you need to be an effective technology professional in our pioneering IT department. The programme includes a number of business and specialist roles.

This year, we are recruiting for the Business stream. You will be assigned to one of the following capability areas based on your preference, skills and business need:

  • Project Management
  • IT Service Management
  • Information Architecture

You will have the opportunity, by rotating round the teams within your role, to carry out a variety of work and develop your business/technical skills and experiences.

Starting salary: £33,783 rising to £36,522 after one year.




Business Stream

  • Project Management - As a trainee Project Support Officer you will work alongside experienced Project Managers, helping them to administer and deliver a wide range of technology projects across MI5. With a high degree of coaching, you will build your project management skills, manage stakeholders, implement project plans and apply structured processes and methodologies to successfully take projects to completion. This is an excellent opportunity to hone your analytical ability and improve your communication skills across a variety of teams. From improving your ability to manage risk and budgets, meet demanding deadlines and overcome business challenges, you will build the range of talents it takes to become a valued project manager.
  • IT Service Management - As a member of the IT Service Management team you will be working on IT projects and improvement initiatives to support the IT services that we provide to our customers. You could be solving problems under pressure during an unplanned outage, analysing the solution and response in order to reduce the impact of subsequent faults, negotiating with suppliers and customers in service delivery or working closely with partners across the organisation to implement business change. Within IT service management there are a broad range of opportunities to develop your skills in providing quality services, risk management and problem analysis. You will learn management techniques such as strategic planning, service improvement and decision making, as well as stakeholder management. A role in this area will enable you to fully appreciate how IT underpins organisation outcomes, and that in order to succeed, team work is absolutely essential.
  • Information Architecture - As an Information Architect with MI5, you will be playing a crucial role in ensuring that the Service maximises how it uses its data. You will work closely with other members of MI5's Information Team as well as key stakeholders from across the intelligence community to enhance the efficiency of how information is stored and used. Information architecture also plays a vital role in ensuring the MI5 continues to keep its information within a strict legal framework. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in areas that are not only crucial to information architecture but are also at the heart of how we work as an organisation. You will learn and enhance your abilities in data modelling, stakeholder management, strategic planning and collaborative working to become a confident and fully fledged Information Architect. This role will give you a new appreciation of the vital role that information plays within the intelligence community.


MI5 is a unique and stimulating place to work and we will ensure you have all the support and development you need to build a rewarding and successful career.

During the programme we will give you guidance around your personal and professional development. You will be assigned a line manager from your capability area and they, alongside the TGDP graduate manager, can provide advice on any work issues that you wish to discuss. You will also be assigned a peer from a previous TGDP cohort to support you during your first few weeks in MI5. They can answer any questions you may have as a newcomer to the organisation.

This support network can be used for advice on matters ranging from the best ways to develop your skills and knowledge to talking through any feedback you receive or even how to tackle particularly tricky technical issues.

Training and career development

During the programme you will develop your skills and experience through a combination of on the job and formal training. You will follow a role specific training pathway. You will be training with other members of the programme and the majority of courses take place in our academy in central London.

Examples of training courses include:

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Communicating and presenting with impact
  • Influencing with integrity
  • Running effective meetings
  • Practical strategic planning

Examples of funded training include:

  • APM Introductory or PRINCE2 (Foundation and Practitioner)
  • ITIL

In addition, further external and accredited training and qualifications may be funded by the organisation to support your future career with us. You will also be encouraged and supported to join any relevant professional bodies that will support your role. To help consolidate your learning there is also extensive on the job training. Your development doesn't stop at the end of the programme, in your subsequent roles MI5 may fund relevant additional training that will enable you to complete or further advance your professional qualifications and career aspirations.


To join the Technology Graduate Development Programme, you wil have a passion for technology and have (or be expecting) a 2:2 in any degree subject.

The nature of our work means you will need to be an articulate communicator with the ability to build strong working relationships with people at every level in MI5. With strong analytical skills and the confidence to challenge conventional thinking, you will combine honesty, integrity and resilience with sound judgement and the ability to take responsibility for your work.


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