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If you’re new to GCHQ (and most people are) you'll be surprised by the breadth of opportunities at GCHQ there are. Our new role matcher tool will help you make sense of the different departments, and suggest some roles that would suit your skills and qualifications. Simply click on your preferences and we’ll show you what’s available.  

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Cyber First

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Cyber First

This student bursary scheme offers financial support to kick-start your cyber career while developing your skills on real projects. It’s a chance to gain invaluable experience through paid summer work during your degree in a STEM subject, plus the possibility of three years’ work in a cyber security role following graduation. 

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  • Location Nationwide
  • Type of Work Cryptography
  • Requirements A Level

Cyber Analyst Summer School

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Cyber Analyst Summer School

This 6-week paid summer school is a unique opportunity to develop your natural curiosity for technology and ability for solving complex problems. You’ll work alongside some of the finest minds in the country in formal classroom sessions and real-time exercises, to learn about the cutting-edge technology we use to protect the nation. And if you’re successful on the course, we mightoffer you the opportunity of a permanent role after you graduate.

  • Location Manchester and Midlands/West (precise location to be confirmed)
  • Type of Work Analysis, Coding, Cryptography, Internet Technology
  • Requirements 2:2 (Hons)

Cyber Insights Summer School

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Cyber Insights Summer School

 If you’re a talented undergraduate studying a Computer Science, Physics, Engineering or Maths, a combination thereof or a closely related course this is an exciting 10-week paid Summer School where you’ll learn from world-class cyber experts. It’s about getting a well-rounded experience of everything we do, with a mix of practical, online and real-time learning. You will also have the option to be interviewed for either a place on future technology schemes or for a permanent role as a Computer Network Operations Specialist.

  • Location Cheltenham
  • Type of Work Analysis, Coding, Cryptography, Engineering, Technology
  • Requirements 2:2

Maths Students

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Maths Students

With this nine-week paid summer placement we offer Mathematics undergraduates the chance to undertake advanced mathematical research and work on real projects. It could see you assessing cryptographic algorithms, analysing complex databases or developing new statistical tools, to name just a few. 

  • Location Cheltenham
  • Type of Work Analysis, Coding, Engineering, Technology
  • Requirements 1st

Student Scheme for Technologists

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Student Scheme for Technologists

This scheme will see you join one of our technical disciplines: Software Development, Advanced Technology Research (ATR), Information Assurance, Computer Network Operations Specialist (CNOS) or Systems Engineering. Whether you choose an 11-week paid summer placement, or a year-long industrial placement, it’s a chance for you to really develop your technical skills for a career in intelligence. 

  • Location Cheltenham
  • Type of Work Analysis, Coding, Engineering, Technology
  • Requirements 2:2

Language Talent Programme - Russian

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Language Talent Programme - Russian

On this 11-week paid scheme you’ll develop your comprehensive Russian language skills in one of our intelligence analysis teams. Working alongside highly skilled Language Analysts you’ll be using your language skills to analyse data, translate a variety of foreign language material, chase new leads, contribute your cultural expertise and deliver briefings to your team and others. 

  • Location Cheltenham
  • Type of Work Languages
  • Requirements Completed Year Abroad

Language Talent Programme - Mandarin

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Language Talent Programme - Mandarin

On this 11-week paid scheme you’ll develop your comprehensive Mandarin language skills in one of our intelligence analysis teams. Working alongside highly skilled Language Analysts you’ll be using your language skills to analyse data, translate a variety of foreign language material, chase new leads, contribute your cultural expertise and deliver briefings to your team and others. 

  • Location Cheltenham
  • Type of Work Languages
  • Requirements Completed Year Abroad

Language Talent Programme – Persian

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Language Talent Programme – Persian

On this 11-week paid scheme you’ll develop your comprehensive Persian language skills in one of our intelligence analysis teams. Working alongside highly skilled Language Analysts you’ll be using your language skills to analyse data, translate a variety of foreign language material, chase new leads, contribute your cultural expertise and deliver briefings to your team and others. 

  • Location Cheltenham
  • Type of Work Languages
  • Requirements Completed Year Abroad

Language Talent Programme – Arabic

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Language Talent Programme – Arabic

On this 11-week paid scheme you’ll develop your comprehensive Arabic language skills in one of our intelligence analysis teams. Working alongside highly skilled Language Analysts you’ll be using your language skills to analyse data, translate a variety of foreign language material, chase new leads, contribute your cultural expertise and deliver briefings to your team and others. 

  • Location Cheltenham
  • Type of Work Languages
  • Requirements Completed Year Abroad

Technical Intelligence Analysts

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Technical Intelligence Analysts

You’ll be an expert in using and developing specialist analytic tools and techniques, as well as being an engineer in radio frequency (RF), computer science, computing security (including networking) or software. Alternatively, you could be a Media Practitioner or Software Developer.  

  • Location Harrogate, Scarborough
  • Type of Work Analysis, Coding, Engineering, Technology
  • Requirements A Level

Trainee Technical Analysts

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Trainee Technical Analysts

Based in Bude, you’ll use your passion for internet technology, computer programming or problem solving. We have several roles including IT Services, Capability Developer, Communications Systems Analyst, Signals Analyst, Data Analyst, Technical Analyst or Technical Cyber Analyst. 

  • Location Bude
  • Type of Work Analysis, Coding, Engineering, Technology
  • Requirements GCSE

Tri Apprenticeship

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Tri Apprenticeship

For this two-year paid Higher Apprenticeship scheme you’ll gain a Foundation degree in Communications, Systems, Security and Computing, plus a Level 4 Diploma in IT Professional Competence – with the potential to convert to a BSc. You’ll work on real challenges in areas such as software, network or telecoms engineering, information assurance or cyber operations. And working with MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, it’ll provide a unique insight into a world that you won’t find on any university course

  • Location Cheltenham
  • Type of Work Analysis, Coding, Cryptography, Engineering, Technology
  • Requirements A Level

Software Engineering Apprenticeship

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Software Engineering Apprenticeship

Our BSc Honours Degree Apprenticeship in Software Engineering gives you the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues to build technology that helps to catch terrorists, expands and further advances our technical capability, and improves our ability to tackle threats to national security.  You’ll gain experience that you won’t gain on any university course, allowing you the opportunity to apply your learning to exciting projects and develop your skills.

  • Location Manchester
  • Type of Work Coding, Engineering, Technology, Software Engineering, Software Development
  • Requirements A Level

Administrative

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Administrative

With sound organisation and communication skills, you could become part of our administrative support or diary management teams. We’re looking for proactive, efficient individuals who can work independently with little guidance. After all, we need talented people to keep things running smoothly and help us protect the nation.

  • Location Bude, Cheltenham, Harrogate, Scarborough
  • Type of Work Business
  • Requirements GCSE

Trainee IT Service Management

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Trainee IT Service Management

Join our IT Service Management team, and you’ll be able to specialise in one of four areas - the IT Service Desk, First Line System Support, IT Access Management and Service Request Fulfilment. You’ll need a keen interest in IT, a strong customer focus and be comfortable working in a fast-paced team environment.

  • Location Cheltenham
  • Type of Work Technology
  • Requirements GCSE

Maths Graduates

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Maths Graduates

Using cutting-edge technology and some of Europe’s most powerful computers, you’ll work on a variety of projects solving complex and unusual problems. Using a range of mathematical techniques - from cryptology and cryptanalysis to mathematical modelling, you’ll need sound analytical skills. 

  • Location Cheltenham
  • Type of Work Maths
  • Requirements 2:1

Intelligence Analysts

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Intelligence Analysts

Our analysts turn complex data into crucial intelligence, so we’ve got the very best information to help protect the nation. You should have a keen interest in technology and current affairs, with strong analytical and communication skills. You’ll be on the pulse of emerging analytic tools and techniques, and we’ll provide a full training programme so your skills are always being strengthened.

  • Location Cheltenham
  • Type of Work Analysis, Technology, Politics & International Relations
  • Requirements 2:2

Future Leaders Programme

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Future Leaders Programme

On this individually tailored programme, you’ll prepare to become a senior figure at GCHQ within five years. It’ll be demanding, challenging and intensive -but we’ll build on your leadership skills with a series of challenging assignments, alongside world-class mentoring and training from day one. 

  • Location Cheltenham
  • Type of Work Analysis, Politics & International Relations
  • Requirements 2:2

Technical Graduates

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Technical Graduates

Our technical graduate roles are extremely varied and will develop your skills with hands-on bespoke training by some of the country’s finest minds. We currently have opportunities for: Computer Network Operations Specialists, Cyber Security Information and Assurance Specialists, Software Developers, Systems Engineers & Designers, Infrastructure Engineers and Communications Technology Analysts. 

  • Location Bude, Cheltenham, Harrogate, Manchester, Scarborough
  • Type of Work Analysis, Coding, Cryptography, Engineering, Technology
  • Requirements 2:2

Language Analysts

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Language Analysts

Our language analysts have native speaker capability or graduate-level knowledge of a wide range of languages. It’s much more than a translation or interpreter role as they piece together information from a variety of digital communication sources, plus provide us with cultural expertise and valuable insights. We are currently looking for speakers of Dari, Pashto, Urdu, Punjabi, Mirpuri, Hindi, Bengali, Sylheti, Korean, Persian, and any Arabic dialects.

  • Location Cheltenham
  • Type of Work Languages

Software Technologists Engagement Programme (STEP)

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Software Technologists Engagement Programme (STEP)

If you have a passion for technology but a non-STEM degree, this unique programme will train you to become a professional software developer in just nine months. With intensive, individually tailored tuition and on-the-job experience, you’ll learn to develop creative solutions across the full software engineering life cycle. 

  • Location Manchester
  • Type of Work Software Engineering, Software Development, Engineering, Coding, Programming
  • Requirements 2:2

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