DE&S Finance Apprenticeship Scheme 2020

  • Employer Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S)
  • Job type Degree Apprenticeships
  • Salary £17,500 per annum (plus benefits)
  • Deadline 20/04/2020

  • Entry requirements A-levels (or equivalent)
  • Locations Bristol
  • Qualifications gained Degree
  • Date published 18/03/2020


We are seeking highly committed and competent Apprentices for our 2020 DE&S Finance Apprenticeship Scheme.

If you’re considering a career in Finance, Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) offers an opportunity like no other. There are in excess of 900 Finance staff working in DE&S, with the majority being based at MOD Abbey Wood, Bristol. Day-to-day most DE&S Finance officers work within teams that procure and support the equipment that our armed forces require. This could be anything from army boots to warships, or ration packs to aircraft.

Our Finance and Accounting function helps DE&S meet its financial management responsibilities whilst ensuring we provide the maximum capability and capacity to our Armed Forces from the funding provided by every taxpayer.

Finance officers work alongside Project Managers, Commercial Officers, Inventory Managers, Technical experts, Risk Managers and Military colleagues to ensure that the equipment purchased and the support provided is fit for purpose and achieves the best possible value for money.

The DE&S Finance Apprenticeship Scheme offers an excellent opportunity to develop your skills through hands on learning and training, including working towards attaining professional qualification.

The Finance Apprenticeship Scheme offers an excellent opportunity to develop your skills through hands on learning and training, including working towards attaining professional finance qualification.

DE&S headquarters is located in MOD Abbey Wood, Bristol and boasts an impressive range of facilities including a fully equipped gym, an on-site nursery, a range of restaurants, coffee bistros and hairdressers. We understand the commitments our staff have, both inside and outside of the office and our aim is to provide you with a place of work which allows you the flexibility you require to maintain a great work/life balance. We provide first rate benefits for all of our employees which include flexible working, excellent study and annual leave entitlements, maternity and paternity allowances and very competitive pension schemes.

Job description

The DE&S Finance Apprenticeship Scheme is a three year development programme focused around finance and accountancy roles across different areas of DE&S.

You will rotate through a number of placements within DE&S. You may also have opportunities to work in other finance roles supporting the MOD’s vast estate and Front Line Commands.

Day to day, your placements will provide you with the opportunity to learn about aspects of finance and accounting. You will be provided with real experience in:

  • Forecasting the future budget

  • Reviewing & creating accruals

  • Providing financial analysis to support decision making

  • Involvement in developing costing for business cases

  • Tracking costs to contracts & ensuring recorded in correct place

  • Using Financial Systems

Your hands on experience will be underpinned by MOD/DE&S specific training as well as study towards achieving Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) qualification (Levels 3 & 4) over a three year period. Training will be delivered by a Bristol based AAT training provider.

In addition to formal training, you will receive:

  • A dedicated scheme manager who will be responsible for co-ordinating your professional training and development

  • A placement delivery manager who will over see your day to day management and provide on the job development opportunities

  • Access to an experienced mentor to assist you in your professional studies

  • Excellent professional AAT training package

  • Generous study leave

Where there are vacancies available, on successful completion of the apprenticeship scheme you will be offered permanent employment in an appropriate finance role profile within the Finance & Accounting Function.
See attached FAQs for further information about the scheme.


Candidates should have the following essential qualifications:
5 GCSE grades 4 – 9 (A* to C) including English with Maths being Grade 6 (B) or above), or equivalent.

We are seeking individuals who:

  • Enjoy solving complex problems and can deliver clear and effective solutions

  • Can understand the bigger picture whilst dealing with the essential detail

  • Have high standards of written and verbal communication

  • Are keen on embracing change

  • Are willing to share information, knowledge and skills

  • Have a strong focus on internal and external customers

  • Have a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

  • Are keen to seek out new opportunities for learning, personal and career development

  • Are prepared to commit to a 3 year training programme

  • Are pro-active and willing to take responsibility for their own development and career progression

We’ll offer you challenging opportunities that will develop your career and offer you great rewards and an environment where results are recognised. In return you’ll ‘own’ your career, driving your own development and embracing the opportunities that come along. We’ll expect you to work hard and deliver exceptional results.

Join us and you’ll find this is a very supportive and inclusive place to work.
Please Note: If applying to be employed on a Part-Time basis, please be aware that there is substantial study and training commitment on the programme which you will be required to complete.


5 GCSE grades 4 – 9 (A* to C) including English and Maths Grade 6 (B) or above), or equivalent.

What’s in it for you?

You will receive a generous benefits package including market leading employer pension contributions of around 21% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with plenty of opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.

Find out more about what we offer by clicking here or by using ‘The Little Book of Big Benefits’ booklet PDF at the bottom of this page.

Applicants should be aware that any move across the Civil Service on or after 5 October 2018 may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

About DE&S and your team

The force behind the armed forces, DE&S is a highly specialised, branch of the MoD, operating with a budget of £178 billion over the next 10 years. From the procurement of aircraft carriers to the provision of food, we ensure our armed forces have the equipment and support they need to achieve their operations. We employ over 12,000 people across more than 150 locations around the world.

Cutting-edge engineering and science is a critical component in delivering modern, battle-winning technologies to all branches of the armed forces.

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