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Security Design Engineering apprentice

Before I became an apprentice here, I was working for a robotics company. It was great work, but the company wasn’t the right fit for me: I wanted somewhere with more support, and a real willingness to train their colleagues. And that was when I found FCDO Services.

What’s on offer here is a unique opportunity for anyone, really, let alone an apprentice who’s just starting out. You’re working on secure government buildings – embassies, for instance – and they’re based all over the world. If you compare that to another similar role, where you might be working on the security of say, a UK supermarket, it’s just on a different scale.

That global estate also comes with complications, obviously. You can be working on old, protected buildings, or you can be working on an embassy that’s built with the latest technology. It’s complex and challenging – and I think that’s why I want to be doing it long-term. I can see myself still being interested in this in twenty years.

What’s on offer here is a unique opportunity for anyone, really, let alone an apprentice who’s just starting out.

Plus, the hybrid mixture of experiences and qualifications means that you really stand out in your field. You’ve got more depth of knowledge, and that stands you in good stead, not only within FCDO Services but in the wider industry too.

It’s complex and challenging – and I think that’s why I want to be doing it long-term. I can see myself still being interested in this in twenty years.

I’m really proud of the progress I’m making, both at work and academically. My work is benefiting from my growing experience, and I can support my colleagues better too. Over time, as we learn more about the systems we’re designing, we’re making a real contribution to the team. You improve things, question things, and your input is valued by your colleagues.