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:
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.
MI5 is a unique and intellectually challenging 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 buddy to support you during your first weeks in MI5; your buddy will be from a previous TGDP cohort and 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.
During the programme you will develop your skills and experience through a combination of on the job and formal training. You will follow a core skills training path relevant to your capability area. 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:
During the programme, further external and accredited training and qualifications will be funded by the organisation to support your future career with us. Examples of funded training include:
To help consolidate your learning there is also extensive on the job training. Your development doesn't stop at the end of the programme and in your subsequent roles, MI5 will 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, as well as a genuine passion for technology you will need to have (or be expecting) a 2:2 in any degree subject.
If you have or are studying an Arts or Humanities degree, your skills and experience may be more suited to our business roles within the programme (Business Analysis, Project Management or IT Service Management).
To join one of our specialist roles (Software Development or Cyber) you will need demonstrable knowledge in one or more of the aforementioned areas. Ideally you will have or are studying a STEM or technical degree (computer science, computer forensics, cyber, etc.). To join as a Software Engineer you will need demonstrable experience of programming. For the cyber roles you will need to have some knowledge of networking, operating systems, IT security principles and also programming.
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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