MI5 are part of the UK’s Intelligence Services. We safeguard Britain’s people, interests and businesses from threats including cyber-attacks, espionage, terrorism, and organised crime. When you join our Technology Graduate Development Programme, you’ll help deliver results at the heart of national security – and you’ll do it within a supportive, inclusive environment that encourages everyone to thrive.
Technology plays an increasingly frontline role in our work. It’s why we’re looking for graduates with a passion for STEM to join us at our Greater Manchester location, where you’ll contribute to projects with real-world impact. You’ll be an innovator, ready to help shape the future of technology at MI5. With your positive attitude and enthusiasm to learn, you’ll unlock your potential, work alongside technology experts, and kick-start your career.
Our Technology Graduate Development Programme is a structured two-year development programme, designed to give you the skills, knowledge and experience you’ll need to join our technology community. As part of the programme, you’ll need to select a specialism from the following:
- Business Analysis
- Project Support
- Software Engineering
- Data Science and Machine Learning
- Data Engineering
Whichever specialism you choose, you’ll enjoy an extensive combination of on-the-job and formal training. We’ll provide ongoing support and development opportunities to ensure you get the most out of the scheme, whether that’s taking on team-building activities such as challenges and presentations alongside your graduate cohort, or developing your personal and leadership skills. Plus, we’ll fund further external and accredited training and qualifications to bolster your future career.
The Technology Graduate Development Programme begins in Autumn 2023. To join, you’ll need a genuine passion for technology and have (or be expecting) a 2:2 by September 2023 in a STEM subject. You’ll also need to live in, or be able to commute to, Greater Manchester. Successful candidates will receive a range of great benefits including a competitive salary, a generous training allowance that lasts the entire period of the scheme, and 25 days annual holiday.
Plus, you’ll be joining a welcoming, supportive workplace where your input is valued from day one. Ours is an inclusive culture, where you’ll be encouraged to share your unique insights and perspectives. We’re also proud to have a range of growing affinity groups within our organisation. These include ethnic minority, gender equality, mental health, neurodiversity, disability and LGBTQ+ networks (as well as a variety of sports, activity and social groups) – so you’ll always feel supported and surrounded by people with similar experiences and interests.
The recruitment and vetting process can take up to nine months to complete. So, now is the perfect time to apply if you’re currently in the final year of your studies. Should you have a disability or long-term health condition, and want to discuss any reasonable adjustments we can make, simply let us know when you submit your application.
At MI5, diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission. To protect the UK, we need a truly diverse workforce that reflects the society we serve. This includes diversity in every sense of the word: those with different backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodivergent conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from groups that are under-represented in our workforce such as women, those from an ethnic minority background, people with disabilities and those from low socio-economic backgrounds.
Find out more about our culture, working environment and diversity on our websites.
To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen. If you hold dual nationality, of which one component is British, you will nonetheless be considered. Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for seven out of the last ten years. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK. You can apply at the age of 17 years, if successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday.