DESG Graduate Scheme

Various locations across the UK.
Competitive Salary Dependent on Experience
15 Aug 2017
24 Sep 2017
Contract Type

Spend 2 to 3 years developing yourself at our expense. The DESG graduate scheme is probably the best graduate development scheme for engineers and scientists in the UK.


  • Our prestigious DESG Graduate Scheme has been an industry leader for over thirty years, launching hundreds of graduates into a satisfying career in engineering or science. The Scheme is tailored to individual development needs to ensure that you have best possible preparation for your first professional appointment and your subsequent career in MOD Civil Service. The Scheme lasts for a maximum of two years and includes a range of in-house work placements, industry secondments and formal training courses
  • On entry to the Scheme, you will be assigned to an Engineering System Anchor in one of the following: Intelligence Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR), Weapons, Ordnance, Munitions and Explosives, Land Systems, Aerospace Systems, Maritime Systems (including: Naval Architecture, Marine Engineering & Combat Systems Engineering), Nuclear Systems (including: Nuclear Weapons and Naval Nuclear Propulsion Systems)
  • The aim of these Engineering System Anchors is to ensure that you have the breadth and the depth of experience necessary for your first professional appointment. We do, of course, take into account your degree discipline and preferences before making this assignment.
  • Whilst on the Scheme you will undertake a series of work placements both in-house and in industry. Placements last between 3-6 months and are designed to give you exposure to the MOD, the defence industry and the life cycle of defence equipment or defence technology. For engineers, placements are selected to cover a number of modules including: research, design, production, equipment support and project management.
  • Whether in-house or on secondment to industry, we insist that all our work placements offer challenging project work that makes a real contribution to the business. To this end, you will agree work objectives with your line manager at the start of each placement and be assessed against these at the end.

About You

  • Be British or have dual-nationality of which one is British,
  • Have completed or be in your final year of an approved engineering or science degree.
  • Have obtained, or expect to obtain a minimum 2:2 honours degree.


  • considerable investment in your development
  • placements in the UK and abroad; development opportunities that are not available in private industry
  • a competitive salary, starting at £25,382 and rising to approximately £30,000 after 24 months
  • the fastest available route to chartered or incorporated engineer status
  • a personal mentor and dedicated development team to help you undertake a personalised development plan
  • depending on your background and career choice, we may offer further paid education to Masters level
  • a rich variety of truly rewarding future careers

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