IT, Networking & Communications Apprenticeship - Early Careers 2024

Date: 19 Nov 2023

Location: Isle of South Uist, Scotland, GB

Company: QinetiQ


It’s an exciting time to join one of our Early Careers programmes at QinetiQ. We are always looking for great people to join our team, whether you are taking your first steps in starting a career or you are looking to make a career change, we have a wide range of exciting opportunities for you.


The Team


Hebrides Engineering:

The QinetiQ Hebrides Range Engineering Communications Group is made up of multidisciplinary teams who deliver high quality & expert service to a wide range of military & government customers, conducting testing, trials, training and evaluation on the largest Air and Sea Range in Western Europe. 


The Networks & Communications team is recruiting apprentices to take up a full time role as part of the team based in the Outer Hebrides and supporting the wider group throughout the UK.


This role is focused around a training and development framework that will see successful candidates work through a competency structure that provides the foundation for registering with professional bodies and kick starting your career.


This is a hands on role with the opportunity to work across with a wide variety of IT and communications systems and supporting infrastructure.


Academic requirements:

Candidates can enter at either SCQF level 6 or level 8 depending on attained qualifications.  ​​​​​

  • Applicants must have attained or be predicted 5 x  National 5's, A - C including English Language, Mathematics and Physics and 2 others subjects and meet the entry requirements for a SCQF level 6


Additional information:

  • Candidates should be passionate about computing and electronics. If your hobbies include PC building / programming, amateur radio, UAV/radio controlled vehicles then this could be the apprenticeship for you.
  • Successful applicants shall be required to undertake and pass Helicopter Underwater Escape training, in order to travel to the island of St Kilda for occasional deployments.
  • This role involves supporting working at height activities on masts and towers and requires successful completion of associated medicals and training.
  • All required specialist training is provided.



In accordance with our National Security Vetting requirements, all applicants must also be eligible for SC clearance as a minimum. Please refer to this link for further guidance - UKSV National Security Vetting Solution: guidance for applicants - GOV.UK (


Please note that under immigrations rules, our Early Careers roles do not meet the legal threshold for candidates who are residents of the UK on student visas. 



South Uist, Hebrides, Scotland





Why join QinetiQ?

As a global company of over 6,000 dedicated people providing technological and scientific expertise, we are excited to recruit the most talented and enthusiastic people to become key parts of our business. Our Early Careers programmes give you the opportunity to be at the heart of impactful projects. 


Diversity and inclusion

We believe in a workplace where everyone feels like they belong, one that provides a sense of inclusion across the entire organisation regardless of background, culture or identity.

To achieve this, we are building a workplace and culture where everyone can be authentic, feel valued and realise their full potential. We are inspired by each other, enjoying the exploratory journey we are on, and recognising the impact we have on the safety and security of the world around us. It helps build life-time relationships between QinetiQ and our people and is essential for our business performance.


Your wellbeing

Looking after the health and wellbeing of our employees are our top priority. We encourage good physical and mental health, which is critical to our collective and individual success. We offer a host of services designed to support your wellbeing. They range from our Thrive app and Employee Assistance Programme to Mental Health First Aiders. The wellbeing of our employees is critical to our collective and individual success


Rewards and benefits

We offer global career progression and the opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting projects along with a wide range of rewards and recognition. Our highly competitive salaries come with a raft of benefits, from a performance-based Employee Incentive Scheme to Thank Q, our global recognition scheme. There’s also a Share Incentive Plan, Life Assurance and Benefits+, our flexible benefits package. It’s all designed to make life easier for you.


About QinetiQ

With a focus on protecting the world around us, our goal is to be a Net-Zero company by 2050 or sooner and we have set near-term emissions reduction targets to help us deliver this ambition.


As part of our commitment to the environment, many of our sites have significant protected conservation areas of national and international importance.  We take our stewardship of these conservation areas very seriously, balancing complex trials with careful protection of rare flora and fauna across these 53 important locations.


Being a responsible and sustainable business is at the heart of our identity.  


Come and find out how you can play your part.