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Cyber Security Apprentice

Job ID: R0080070 Location: Reading, England, United Kingdom
Full time, Apprenticeship / Trainee
Location: Reading, United Kingdom

Thales people architect solutions at the heart of the defence-security continuum. Interoperable and secure information and telecommunications systems for defence, security, and civil operators, are based upon innovative use of radiocommunications, networks, and cybersecurity. We are ground breaking new digital technologies such as 4G mobile communications, cryptography, cloud computing and big data for use in physical protection systems, and critical information systems.

Together we offer fantastic opportunities for committed employees to learn and develop their career with us. At Thales UK, we research, develop, and supply technology and services that impact the lives of millions of people each day to make life better, and keep us safer. We innovate across five major industries; Aerospace, Defence, Ground Transportation, Security and Space. Your health and well-being matters to us and that’s why we offer you the flexibility to do what’s important to you; whether that’s part time hours, job sharing, home working, or the ability to flex your start and finish times. Where possible, we support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your ambitions.

Level 4 Cyber Security Apprenticeship – Cyber Security Apprentice

Location: Reading

Are you looking for an employer who will sponsor you through a qualification, whilst providing valuable and exciting on-the-job experience within a global, innovative and industry leading organisation?

Our exciting Cyber Security Apprentice role will develop your cyber security skills to become a confident, positive and flexible security engineer with well-honed technical knowledge. You will support the team to deliver cyber security solutions to deadlines and within budget on both information technology and operational technology systems.

As an Apprentice Cyber Security Engineer you will develop the key skills and experience in the following:

  • Cyber security assessments of customer infrastructure
  • Security testing of networks using industry standard software tools
  • Providing guidance on the secure configuration of network devices and operating systems
  • Developing security requirements that support the design of secure networks and products
  • Undertaking security research on systems and software
  • Audit of the effectiveness of an organisation’s security controls

Apprenticeship Programme:

Through our apprenticeship you’ll be making the most of your talents, getting to understand cyber security from the ground up; and doing so with the help of one of the biggest and best names in the industry.

As a Cyber Security Apprentice you will be studying towards becoming a Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist. For the duration of this programme you will combine studies with practical application, working within our cyber security function in Reading.

This programme is delivered via a blended learning model whereby you will attend college for a number of study weeks over the course of your programme where you will study cyber security industry recognised courses. In addition you will have a number of online resources and support that you will be able to access remotely. You will be given 0.5 days per week in which to focus on your studies and for the other four days you will be working in the business, applying your learning in a real life engineering environment. At the end of the apprenticeship you be working as a cyber-security engineer within Thales UK.

This opportunity is available in Reading

Who we’re looking for:

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are motivated, committed and keen to learn. A self-starter who is able to manage their time, show initiative and has a genuine interest in cyber security and Thales. Successful candidates will show self-discipline and an aspiration to achieve a Level 4 qualification.

You will also need:

Candidates will need a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points at A2 (Grades BCC) with at least 1 STEM subject (Maths, Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, Electronics) or an equivalent e.g. BTEC DMM. They will also require 5 GCSEs grade A-C including English and Maths.

Right to Work in the UK for the duration of the 2 year programme

Closing date: Our applications will close at 11.59pm on Friday 3rd January 2020, this is the only time we will be accepting applications this year. Please note, we will be in contact by the end of January 2020 with details of next steps.

All apprentices require full Security Clearance in line with United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV) requirements - to gain clearance you will typically need to have been a UK resident for a minimum of five years. As part of this process you will be asked to provide evidence of your identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history. For further details of the evidence required to apply for Security Clearance please refer to

In line with Thales' Baseline Security requirements, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history for up to three years. Some vacancies may require full Security Clearance which can require further evidence to be provided. For further details of the evidence required to apply for Baseline and Security Clearance please refer to the Defence Business Services National Security Vetting (DBS NSV) Agency.

At Thales we provide CAREERS and not only jobs. With Thales employing 65,000 employees in 56 countries our mobility policy enables thousands of employees each year to develop their careers at home and abroad, in their existing areas of expertise or by branching out into new fields. Together we believe that embracing flexibility is a smarter way of working. Great journeys start here, apply now!

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