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Trainee Technical Security Engineer

• 12-to-15-month programme leading to a potential full-time role
• Starting salary package £26,887 (including location allowance)
• Potential for overtime and other allowances when working overseas and at off-site locations in the UK
• Pension scheme, CPD funding, 25 days annual leave (rising to 30 days after five years of continuous service), plus Bank Holidays
• Based at Hanslope Park (free shuttle bus from central Milton Keynes to Hanslope Park)
• Regular overseas travel

Designing and installing protective systems. Inspecting, maintaining and repairing essential communications and other technical equipment. Preventing and detecting technical eavesdropping attacks. Protecting against technical espionage and preventing our customers’ information and premises from compromise. Helping design the next generation of security products. These are just a few examples of the incredible work our Technical Security Engineers do. They plan, design and deliver in all corners of the globe. And now, you've got the opportunity to join them and help protect the UK’s interests at home and overseas.

Let’s introduce ourselves

At FCDO Services, we protect the UK’s interests at home and overseas. We design and construct secure government buildings, courier diplomatic packages worldwide, safeguard government tech, and a whole lot more. Our work is as varied and vital as it gets, but we never lose sight of the value of our people. Their skills, aspirations and growth mean as much as the global mission we're on. In our world, it all matters.

So what will you do?

You’ll work with multiple engineering teams, learning how they design, install, maintain and repair the technical systems that keep our government-level customers secure. The work is incredibly varied, and each project and team placement will build your skills. Upon successful completion of this programme, which includes assessments to ensure suitability and to match your skill set to each operational placement, there’s a strong chance we’ll offer you a permanent position.

You could find yourself in our Security Systems area, based in the UK but travelling overseas on a project-by-project basis to install a range of protective systems. Or you might join one of our Regional Technical Support Services Teams, living and working overseas for up to four years, travelling throughout your region providing technical support to our customers. Or you might be assigned to the National Authority for Counter-Eavesdropping where you’ll help to prevent and detect technical eavesdropping attacks in the UK and overseas.

Join us and you’ll be a valued part of the team, building your specialist skills, while having far-reaching impact and widening your options – all with the benefits of a career in the Civil Service.

What we look for

The Trainee Technical Security Engineer programme is open to everyone, but you must:

• British citizenship, having lived in the UK for the last three years before your start date and for at least five of the last ten years (if you have been stationed overseas on HMG duty this isn’t applicable)
• Be at least 18 years old by 1 July 2024 so you can obtain Developed Vetting (DV) clearance before your start date
• A minimum Level 3 Technical Qualification in any discipline that includes an element of electronics (candidates completing qualification in the next 2 months will be accepted)
• Be IT literate and proficient in the Microsoft Office suite – Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
• Show us you’re genuinely interested in engineering and technology
• Have experience of using basic engineering hand tools
• Have effective written and oral communication skills
• Be interested in overseas travel
• Be reliable, responsive, easy to work with and able to build relationships


Because of the secure nature of what we do for our government-level customers, all our employees have to be security cleared before joining us. That’s why, if you’re successful in your application, you’ll need to go through a vetting process. This role will require you to undergo Developed Vetting (DV) clearance before joining. It’s important information to know, so make sure you read the details before applying. You can find out more about vetting on our careers site or by visiting:

Colour Blindness

You’ll undertake a colour blindness test as part of our assessments. Distinguishing between different colours of electrical wire is a critical part of your role.

It takes a diverse team to protect a diverse world

It takes a diverse team to protect a diverse world.
The vital work we do takes an incredible community of colleagues, with different skills, backgrounds, cultures and identities. We support every individual, so that you always know you’re welcome and valued. It’s what makes us a Disability Confident employer. And why we’re recognised as a ‘Carer Confident’ workplace. And it’s how you know you’re joining an inspiring, inclusive organisation.

Step into our Virtual Embassy

Our Virtual Embassy gives you lots of insights about our world, and the impact you could have here. Explore it:

Hanslope Park based posts attract a Location Allowance of £1,750 per annum.

FCDO Services are regulated by the Civil Service Commission.

Job summary

£26,887 including location allowance
Hanslope Park
Closing Date
09 June 2024 at midnight

Further information

The following documents provide supporting material for this role. Please note for some documents you may require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

  • 1.  Extra Information
  • 2.  Candidate Information Pack
  • 3.  Extra Information
  • 4.  Civil Service Recruitment Principles
  • 5.  Civil Service Code