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Early Careers Development Advisor

Date: 24-Nov-2022

Location: Malvern, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Role Purpose

To provide ongoing support, communication, guidance to members of the early careers community and their line-managers. To enable the development of skills through experience, placements, training and reflection, working closely with key stakeholders so the right people are in the right place at the right time with the right skills.

Occasional Travel to QinetiQ Sites will be required.


Key Accountabilities

  1. Engage with and proactively manage the relationship between the QinetiQ Early Careers programme, customers and Early careers community to deliver on time completion of the programme outputs, including but not limited to supporting the placement process, being first point of contact for Functional managers and resourcing managers.
  2. Utilise management information to monitor the progress of early careers community members and build bespoke solutions for individuals exceeding or not meeting expectations. To include monitoring learner progress, ILPs (individual learner plans) to conform with the skills funding agency and government policy and maintain safety and efficiency in QinetiQs operations.
  3. Act as a subject-matter-expert and be a customer focused point of contact for line-managers of early careers community, to answer programme queries, provide process guidance and support customer engagement.
  4. Identify areas of improvement for early careers programmes and working with the Scheme Manager, Apprenticeship & Governance manager and UKS&D manager support the implementation of programme improvements
  5. To monitor, report on and take action on adherence to deadlines of line manager submissions required for the successful completion of apprenticeships, to better support the apprentices through their journey.
  6. Promote equality, diversity, and inclusion across the early careers community and their place of work, to install QinetiQ values and demonstrate the right behaviours as a QinetiQ employee.
  7. Identify and raise any safeguarding concerns to the Governance and Apprenticeship Manager, taking immediate action when required to do so, in line with the appropriate procedures to safeguard the early careers community.
  8. Work closely with the Data & Quality team to monitor that all administrative requirements of the apprentice, graduate and Year in Industry journey are carried out, including (where applicable) enrolment, work/training placements, end point assessments, Learner Management System submissions, so that all successfully complete the relevant programme
  9. Seek and promote opportunities for continuous professional development in the fields of Early careers delivery, engineering, education, and industry knowledge to enhance the early careers experience
  10. Take a proactive interest in the outputs of the Quality Improvement Plan, to continually add value and enhance the apprentice experience and programme.
  11. To support and where necessary project manage the onboarding process for new starters, celebration events, accommodation requirements and the take-off process for those completing their Early Careers Programme.


Key Capabilities/Knowledge


Functional Knowledge
Knowledge of end to end Early Careers lifecycle for all of the early careers community (apprentices, graduates, summer placements and year in industry) and confidence to lead, guide and coach to enable them to participate in a range of activities. Experience of working within an early careers environment to focus on the right priorities and all queries arising are handled in a timely way. Knowledge of recruitment, on boarding, safeguarding, wellbeing, performance management, coaching, apprenticeships, careers advice and people management in an Early Careers context.



 Adopts an adult communication style and is able to focus on what is needed from a business perspective whilst always balancing this with the human aspects of a situation. Is approachable so that the community and their managers feel able to share concerns,  discuss and agree next steps. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with team colleagues and identify priorities. Ability to build relationships across the team and with wider business area stakeholders to ensure the right outcome for the business and the Early Careers community.


​​​​​​​Personal Impact

Adapts their approach to communicate clearly, credibly and positively when engaging with different stakeholders, focusing on earning trust and gaining buy in to an agreed way forward.  Enthuses others through own energy and positivity; talks with energy and passion.  Well organised and able to flex between tasks as required. Has emotional intelligence recognising and identifying what is needed in each specific context.  Adopts an adult communication style and is able to focus on what is needed from a business perspective whilst always balancing this with the human aspects of a situation. Is approachable so that the community and their managers feel able to share concerns, discuss and agree next steps.



Maintains a positive and ‘can-do’ approach in all situations and over a long period of time. Able to adapt fast to new approaches as needed. Retains focus on key tasks at hand and does not get distracted. Thrives in changing and demanding environments, finding ways to overcome difficulties. Has a calm demeanour and retains composure in emotive situations and when working through change.


Experience & Qualifications


  • Experience of managing and influencing key stakeholders
  • Customer-focused and approachable
  • Knowledge of safeguarding principles and challenges facing young people
  • Knowledge of Early Careers programmes
  • Understanding of coaching methodologies
  • Digital information and communication skills, including Excel, Outlook, Learner Management Systems and social media.



  • Experience of supervising others
  • Administrative and organisational skills
  • Experience of Early Careers in an engineering environment
  • Experience of managing or delivering training
  • Previous experience as an apprentice or graduate
  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training or Coaching



Why join QinetiQ?

As we continue to grow into new markets around the world, there’s never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ. The formula for success is our appetite for innovation and having the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges.

You’ll experience a unique working environment where teams from different backgrounds, disciplines and experience enjoy collaborating widely and openly as we undertake this exciting and rewarding journey. Through effective teamwork, and pulling together, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems in an diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture here.  

Joining QinetiQ offers you an opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting defence-based projects with vast career progression across a global organisation in addition to competitive personal and professional benefits.  You’ll receive a highly competitive salary and benefits package: our basic salaries are very attractive as we constantly review what’s happening in the market. The range of benefits that we offer include, adaptive and flexible working, generous holiday entitlements, Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance and much more. 

About QinetiQ

As a company of over 6,000 dedicated professionals, we are a world-centre of excellence in research and development and act as a catalyst for fast-track innovation, offering outstanding experimentation facilities, and technical, engineering and scientific expertise. QinetiQ is made up of dedicated experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets, all working together to explore new ways of protecting what matters most. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Come and find out how you can play a role.

Please note that many roles in QinetiQ are subject to national security vetting. Applicants that already hold the appropriate level of vetting may be able to transfer it upon appointment, subject to approval. A number of roles are also subject to restrictions on access to information that mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may have an effect on the roles that you can be employed in.