Company Profile

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) is at the heart of the UK’s defence and Security capabilities, ensuring that our vital and unique innovative science and technology contribute to current and future challenges. We provide the UK expertise in a spectrum of engineering and scientific fields. We work with the best people with the best ideas, and apply them in unexpected ways, much of which is operationally critical with the potential to save many lives.

We work at the forefront of defence and security research and innovation, a dynamic and rapidly evolving environment. Taking technology and push it to its limits, using creativity and innovation to solve real world problems for real world customers. Quite simply, this is work that you cannot do anywhere else. 

Dstl Engineering Apprentices Ollie


Crucially, we work with other brilliant people – collaborating with everyone from small companies and world-class universities to large defence companies and other nations. Together, we develop battle-winning technologies, based on deep and widespread research, to support UK military operations now and into the future.

Join Dstl on an apprenticeship and you will gain a breadth of experience working alongside some of the worlds experts in their field. Our programmes enable you to get stuck in and work on real life projects, whilst learning and gaining a qualification at the same time. Our apprenticeships range from advanced through to degree level programmes. 


Porton Down, Salisbury
Portsdown West, Fareham
Fort Halstead, Kent


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