Working for the Ministry of Defence

Every day, our people support operations around the globe, protecting Britain’s shores, developing world-class weaponry, and partnering with our international allies.

Working to keep Britain safe

Our success depends on our people – our Whole Force – regular and reservist military, civil servants and contractors, all working as one, working together seamlessly to deliver for us.

Our civil servants are a central part of this Whole Force, developing strategy, making policy, supporting ministerial decision-making and Parliamentary processes. In fact, with over 2,000 different roles working across 650 sites around the world, now really is an excellent time to join one of the largest, most exciting departments in government.

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The Ministry of Defence is committed to the government’s apprenticeship reform programme and we pride ourselves in being an organisation that offers a range of apprenticeships - from craft, technician and engineering to business administration, finance and information.

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I was a lorry driver but aged 33 I joined MOD as an apprentice and it was the best decision I ever made – the opportunities I have had are unbelievable.

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In addition to our staff working across the UK, we also have over 5,000 staff based across the globe


Our roles are the most varied in Government, from engineers and nurses, to teachers and analysts


We enrolled 1,776 apprentices between January 2015 and April 2018

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Just working for the Civil Service, you do get a lot of benefits such as flexi-time, which give you a really good work-life balance. At the end of the apprenticeship the actual qualifications you get are fantastic.

Tanya Apprentice

The Ministry of Defence is committed to attracting and retaining people from across the full range of backgrounds and enabling flexible ways of working as the norm. We offer maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks of statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.

In return, you can expect a department that helps you learn and develop that recognises your expertise and contribution, both as an individual and part of a team.


Not your typical day

If you’ve ever wanted to do more, see more, go further or be better, we have roles in more trades, professions and vocations than ever before. Let's see where your future will take you, together.

Knowledge Engineer Amanda

Celebrating Defence Scientists: Amanda, Knowledge Engineer

The best thing about my job is expressing science and engineering in a creative way. People don’t usually consider science or engineering being artistic.


Apprenticeships in Defence

From engineering to finance, the Ministry of Defence is one of the largest apprenticeship providers. Why not find out more about some of the fantastic opportunities on offer?