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Defence Equipment & Support – DESG Graduate Scheme

  • UK, Europe
  • Competitive

Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) is a bespoke trading entity, an arm’s length body of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). Employing around 12,500 people and with a budget of £14 billion, DE&S plays a vital role in maintaining military operational capability by acquiring and supporting a wide range of world class equipment and services.

We are proud to offer graduates the opportunity to join what is probably the very best graduate development scheme for engineers and scientists in the UK: The Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment and Support, Defence Engineering and Science Graduate Scheme.

The UK needs modern battle winning forces to defend its interests and to contribute to strengthening international peace and security. Cutting edge engineering and science is a critical component in supporting this effort.

The DESG graduate scheme is a carefully structured but flexible training programme; enabling each graduate to get the most from a series of work placements (that includes placements with private industry). Through this unique scheme you are able to further your professional development - making it possible for you to gain tremendous engineering (or science) experience and to achieve chartered status within just a few years.

Within Defence Equipment and support, we manage a vast range of complex projects to buy and support all the equipment and services that the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force need to operate effectively.

To achieve our goals, we need people with diverse backgrounds and disciplines.

Career Opportunities & Training

Our prestigious graduate scheme is accredited by: IMechE, IET, IMarEST, RINA, RAeS and IOP and has been an industry leader for almost thirty years, launching hundreds of graduates into satisfying careers in engineering and science.

Our Team/Staff

The Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) is the name given to the engineers and scientists working within the Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment & Support.

This fully accredited and prestigious scheme leads to unique careers in engineering management within the Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) organisation – a key part of the Ministry of Defence responsible for equipping and supporting the UK Armed Forces.


Various locations across the U.K.


It is because of our requirement to safeguard the UK and its interests that the range and depth of the development opportunities that we offer are exceptional - making us a market leader. Moreover, we believe that the quality of our training programme, our excellent path to chartership, personal mentoring and huge investment in each graduate sets us apart from competitors in the engineering and science field.


DESG is a community of many professional engineers and scientists.

Our graduate scheme is accredited by: IET, IMechE, RINA, IoP, RAeS and IMarEST.

DE&S equipment and platforms are fascinating, valuable, and unique.

We equip and support the UK armed forces with state of the art technology.

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