Defence Sector Guide

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  • The defence sector plays a critical and strategic role in the UK’s industrial, technological and manufacturing base.
  • It supplies our Armed Forces with the equipment and services they need to safeguard national security and respond to crises at home and abroad.
  • As one of the largest defence exporters in the world, this sector makes a huge contribution to the UK’s national economy. It supplies state-of-the-art capabilities and fosters international partnerships across the globe.
  • A career in defence offers STEM students the opportunity to develop their technical skills and knowledge, while working on some of the most technologically-advanced projects in the world.
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Defence – Engineering
Sponsored by MBDA
  • Talented minds. Real expertise. Cutting-edge engineering. MBDA combines these elements to design, manufacture, test and produce the systems used by the military to protect our nation.
  • MBDA is a trusted partner of the UK Ministry of Defence.
  • With a global workforce of over 11,000, and sites across England, MBDA works with purpose, knowing that every advancement helps deliver a more secure tomorrow.
  • Whether it’s designing a future concept for the British Army, procuring a missile component, or integrating one of its products onto the newest fighter jet, innovation and technical excellence are at the centre of what MBDA does.

MBDA Hub on Gradcracker

If you’d like to hear first-hand what life is really like working for a defence company, make sure you watch our webinar with MBDA on the company’s Gradcracker hub. It’s full of useful advice, such as how to get the most out of an internship and the career progression opportunities available.

A supportive community

On their ’Life at MBDA’ page, discover how the company will contribute to your training and development – from funding further study to supporting you on your route to Chartership. You can also find out more about MBDA’s large but tight-knit community.

This isn’t your regular 9-5

From annual bonuses to flexible hours, MBDA offers a great package that can be tailored to your needs. See their ‘Benefits’ page to find out more.

For those thinking about joining MBDA, their ‘How to Apply’ page guides you through the various stages of the application process, step by step.

If you’d like to be part of protecting our nation and its allies, apply for a career at MBDA.

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Defence & Security Solutions
Sponsored by BAE Systems
  • BAE Systems provides some of the world’s most advanced defence, aerospace and security solutions.
  • It employs over 85,000 people in more than 40 countries.
  • Its engineers and scientists work on important and challenging projects every day: from advanced aircraft to stealth submarines; and aircraft carriers to cyber security.
  • BAE Systems is looking for students and graduates with drive and enthusiasm to work on cutting-edge technology and help the business stay ahead.
  • Whether you secure an internship or placement role, or join one of their graduate schemes, you’ll be working on exciting, world-leading projects from day one.

BAE Systems Hub on Gradcracker

If you’d jump at the chance to help BAE Systems deliver world-leading, cutting-edge technology, you won’t want to miss their webinar with Gradcracker.

Watch the webinar on their hub, and get inside information from the company’s Engineering and Project Management graduates. Find out what they’ve been getting up to, and discover the various career paths you can take within the company.

Help keep people, countries and information safe

BAE Systems works at the forefront of technology across an array of disciplines. Have a look at their ‘What We Do’ page to find out more about the areas and projects you could play a leading part in.

Exciting work that makes a difference

If you’re thinking about joining BAE Systems, their videos are definitely worth a watch. Discover what goes on inside BAE Systems, or hear from its graduates on what it’s like to work there.

Join BAE Systems to take your first steps in a career that challenges, rewards and evolves. It’s a career with meaning, and one in which you’ll continue to develop and be inspired.

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