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Graduate
Development
Framework

Our gateway into business and engineering.
If you are passionate about business or engineering, our two year Graduate Development Framework (GDF) scheme offers a range of specialised opportunities in different business and engineering functions.
 
Combining formal learning, with real world challenges experienced through a series of placements, the GDF gives you a solid foundation to establish a successful career within one of our UK businesses.
 
You can choose to join the GDF in one of the below disciplines.
 
 

Engineering opportunities include:

 
 
 
 

Business opportunities include:

 
 
 
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Search and Apply

Found the role that inspires you within the GDF scheme? Head through to our search pages and see which locations are offering the role you're looking for. Give yourself the best chance by applying early, as online applications close when we've filled the places available for each role.
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Your Learning and Development

 

Our GDF scheme is designed to give you ownership of your career aspirations, supported by training and practical experience to help you succeed.
 
After an induction in your chosen UK business, you’ll be assigned a mentor who will offer advice and insight when you need it. You’ll also participate in development modules with graduates across our different businesses.
 
If you are following an engineering scheme you will be enrolled onto a Level 7 Post-Graduate Engineering Apprenticeship programme delivered online by Cranfield University which will provide you with a valuable Masters-level Post-Graduate Diploma in Engineering Competence – a key step towards reaching Chartered Engineering (CEng) accreditation.
 
All of this is designed to complement your placements, fuel your ambition, and give depth to your training and career.
 
 

Rewards and Benefits

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We expect great things of our graduates. In return, you can expect a generous salary with a comprehensive benefits and pension package, including 25 days’ annual holiday with flexible leave arrangements, senior mentoring, and product and service discounts.
 
 

What you’ll need

 
To join us on the GDF you must have a minimum of a 2:2 Bachelor's degree in a subject related to your chosen area of work. Once you begin your search you will find specific details on preferred degrees within each role type. 

We’ll also look for you to demonstrate exceptional problem solving and analytical skills and have the flexibility and resilience to thrive at BAE Systems.
 

 
 

How to apply

 
Applications are open from the beginning of September 2018.
 
We ask all candidates to apply online using our application form to ensure our selection process is completely fair and consistent.
 
  • Business opportunities will close 31st October 2018*
  • Engineering opportunities will close 31st December 2018*
 
*Where sufficent applications have been recieved roles may close earlier, so early application is advised.
 
Your online application will involve a number of numerical, verbal and situational strength tests.
 
If you are successful you will have a video interview, and selected candidates will then be invited to an assessment centre.
 
The GDF scheme will commence on the first week of September 2019.
 
 
Image showing BAE Systems graduates

Search and Apply

Found the role that inspires you within the GDF scheme? Head through to our search pages and see which locations are offering the role you're looking for. Give yourself the best chance by applying early, as online applications close when we've filled the places available for each role.
Find out more