Cyber Security Apprentice

Thales UK
Reading, Berkshire
Closing date
4 Jan 2022

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Engineering & Aerospace, Technology
Role Type
Start Date
24 months+

Job Details

Level 6 Cyber Security Technical Professional Degree 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? If so, read on to explore what the Thales Apprenticeship program has to offer.

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 Cyber Security Engineer Apprentice 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 a Level 6 BSc (Hons) Cyber Security Technical Professional Degree Apprenticeship in partnership with a recognised university. For the duration of this 4 year programme you will combine academic study with practical application, working within our cyber security function in Reading. As part of the apprenticeship you will work towards a level 4, Level 5 and Level 6 qualification which will be assessed primarily through coursework. The programme will conclude with an End Point Assessment to determine occupational competence prior to completion.  

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 6 qualification.

You will also need:

Candidates will need a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points at A level including at least 1 STEM subject (Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, Electronics) or an equivalent qualification e.g. BTEC DMM. They will also require 5 GCSEs grade 4-9 (A-C) including English and Maths.

Right to Work in the UK for the duration of the 4 year programme.

Closing date: Our applications will close at 11.59pm on Tuesday 04th January 2022, this is the only time we will be accepting applications this year. Please note we will be in contact by the end of January 2022 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 12 months. 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


Thales UK


Building a future we can all trust.  We’re a leading Engineering and Technology company.


To help create a safer world, we serve five key sectors: Aerospace, Space, Ground Transportation, Digital Identity and Security and Defence and Security.  We have 80,000 employees across 68 countries and 6,500 employees in the United Kingdom.  Thales protects 80% of the world’s banking transactions and secures information systems of 19 of the world’s 20 largest banks. Thales contributes to the transportation of 3 billion passengers across 86 metro lines in 40 of the world’s largest cities.  Our space program Thales Alenia Space has supplied 50% of the pressurised volume of the International Space Station and is the prime contractor for EXOMARS.  Thales equips over 70 Types of Aircraft transports, helicopters, drones etc.)  50 Navies (from submarines to over aircraft carriers) and 50 Land Forces (from infantry to vehicles).


We hire both apprentices and graduates across all sectors of our organisation, from engineering to procurement.  This year we have hired over 80 apprentices and graduates and are committed to providing more opportunities for those leaving education.  We have extensive programmes which can also be rotational, ensuring our employees get an insight to the various sectors of the business and help to shape their career aspirations.


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