STAR Method

Ensure you use the STAR method when completing application forms:





Take your time to complete the application form, your form will save and you can go back to it (providing it is before the deadline!)

Get another person to proofread your application, get them to give you constructive feedback. Make sure you adhere to the word count!

Read the job description and use examples of how you have achieved these areas within your answers for each section.

Don’t be disheartened if you don’t get sifted for an interview, applications for each role are much higher than in previous years if you do get sifted for interview prepare well


Take time to look at the work we are completing at the MOD, take some notes ready for your interview.

The job description will highlight which behaviours the interviewer will be looking for during the interview, maybe jot down some examples of how you may have done this in previous roles (this could include College, School, Saturday jobs, part-time roles, team sports, after school activities, Guide or Scout leaders, caring responsibilities, etc.)

What we are looking for

Remember we are not looking for a fully qualified professional with years of experience within the field, we understand that you are applying for an apprenticeship to develop and build those, however, a genuine interest in the role and profession will support your application process. You need to gain over 50% of learning on the apprenticeship scheme otherwise and apprenticeship is not the most suitable scheme for you.

If you are not successful

If you are not successful at interview – do not panic, reflect on the experience and use it as a learning experience, remember your marvellous mistakes and how you could improve for your next interview.

Ask your interview panel for feedback on areas for improvement.

Security vetting

Once you have been successful at interview with the MOD there will be a number of forms you will need to complete, one of which is a security vetting form.

Security vetting is standard within the MoD and wider Civil Service, it helps to build a picture of who is being employed, you will be asked about your addresses over the last 5 years, and employment over the last 5 years, do not worry if this is your first job role if you are leaving education this will be taken into consideration.

If this is not your first role it is important to ensure you have addresses including postcodes and the dates that you lived or worked at previous companies.

The security vetting can take around 12 weeks to complete, so do not worry if your start date is not immediate.

It is vital that you return the forms and requested ID as soon as possible to ensure a smooth transition into the MoD and your apprenticeship.

Ministry of Defence – Civil Service

Are you looking for an exciting working environment in the heart of Government? Are you looking to build your skills and progress your career through a Civil Service Apprenticeship?

The Ministry of Defence is committed to the government’s apprenticeship reform programme offering a range of exciting apprenticeships which provide the opportunity to develop your skills in the workplace.  This is an excellent time to join an innovative organisation, dedicated to professional development and investment in employees.

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