Apprentices at STS Defence

As an STS Defence apprentice, you’ll join an exciting, innovative technology and engineering company where we’ll make it our mission to invest in you by offering career development programmes that will support you in reaching your full potential.
We’ll give you the knowledge, skills and experience that you’ll need. We’ll teach, motivate and engage you in challenging tasks that will develop you into the best you can be.

Our apprentices develop through experience, teamwork and training in a workplace that values customer focus, development and empowerment. You’ll be given the chance to experience all the different aspects of our business.

How far could you go?

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Based on Gosport’s water front, in the heart of historic Portsmouth Harbour, we are five minutes walk from the ferry terminal, the bus station and the high street.

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Apprentices at STS Defence complete a three year training programme (with one day release per week at a local training partner), gaining an industry recognised Level 3 Advanced qualification.

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As an apprentice, you will benefit from a wide range of benefits, starting with a salary well above the National Apprenticeship Wage (a minimum of £12,890 in the first year), and increasing each year with progression.

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As part of a dedicated and supportive team, you’ll have opportunities to work on a diverse, exciting and challenging range of projects and programmes.

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You’ll have the opportunity to join our pension scheme with company contributions, 25 days Annual Leave in addition to Bank Holidays, Life Assurance cover, and our Cycle to Work tax-free cycle scheme, and other employee benefits.

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On completion of training, apprentices are offered full time roles within the company.

Meet some of our apprentices…

Katie, Advanced Engineering Apprentice

“I’ve enjoyed the apprenticeship so far and I’m sure I will continue to enjoy it as I learn new skills which I can continue to improve on, some things have been challenging to learn but with more practice I will come more confident. The training I receive makes the topics I learn about in college easier to understand as I can see how it links to work.”

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Ben, Apprentice Buyer

“My time at STS Defence so far has been challenging yet rewarding! I am always learning something new, and challenged to be the best I can be. Because my role involves a large range of commodities, I’m interacting with new people – sharing the company’s vision and demonstrating values which are integral to the future of both my career and company growth.”

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Holly, Buyer and CIPS Apprentice

“After graduating from university and going straight into the real world, it is easy to forget the importance of learning and development when in a corporate environment. By studying for my CIPS apprenticeship, it has helped me develop new knowledge that I can confidently apply to my role. Not only improving my ability and productivity but also contributing to company values and growth.”

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Simply fill out the form below. Our Talent team review every application and will explain the next steps.

What we expect from you:

  • GCSEs or equivalent in English and Maths
  • A good, strong work ethic
  • Willingness to undertake a selection process

Good luck!

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