Graduate Development Programme

Our Programme


Our Graduate Development Programme is a two-year programme designed to support graduates in their early career with Airbus Defence and Space. Its purpose is to provide a framework to guide and support you through the first stage of your career development.
Join us as a graduate on this scheme and you will gain a comprehensive understanding of what we do and how we do it whilst having the possible opportunity to work in different business areas. During this time you will also receive a wide range of training and development to build your personal and management skills and equip you for your future career with Airbus Defence and Space.
You will be based mainly in Portsmouth or Stevenage; this will be made clear in the job description.

All of our graduates will get an opportunity for a placement outside of their recruited area and the amount of these will be dependent on the specific role. You may also get the chance to do a rotational placement which may temporarily take you to any site in the UK or across to our sites in France, Germany or Spain.

Application Dates

Airbus Defence and Space UK Graduate roles will be going live throughout September to December. Please keep watching this space to ensure you apply for the most appealing role to you.
You are entitled to apply to as many roles as you wish and are not restricted to apply for just one.
The scheme is available to apply for between the beginning of September to 31st December each year.

To apply click here. Please note that we do not provide work visas.

Things to get involved in whilst on the Graduate Scheme

STEM Ambassador

Regardless if you are a graduate or not you can also become a STEM Ambassador within the company!

We receive funding from the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Education to be a recognised leader in enabling all young people to achieve their potential in STEM by:

Ensuring that all young people, regardless of background, are encouraged to understand the excitement and importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in their lives, and the career opportunities to which the STEM subjects can lead;
Helping all schools and colleges across the UK understand the range of STEM Enhancement & Enrichment opportunities available to them and the benefits these can bring to everyone involved;
Encouraging business, organisations and individuals wanting to support young people in STEM to target their efforts and resources in a way that will deliver the best results for them and young people.

StemNet StemAmbassadors


Project involvement

Once you join as a graduate you will be in involved in one of two projects; Campus Management or ARC SAT. In your induction you will be introduced to both projects and will be able to choose your involvement.

Campus Management

The Campus Management Project is a unique approach to combine new employees training and development needs with building effective relationships with universities for knowledge transfer and sustained recruitment.
The project, named Campus Management, was set up to give graduates the responsibility of forging links with Universities, for both recruitment and marketing and knowledge transfer.  Through this, the graduates were empowered to be involved in many areas which are of substantial training and development benefit, whilst also allowing a very cost-effective team to support HR.


This is Airbus Defence and Space Re-configurable Cube-SAT, which is a training programme for Young Professionals at Airbus Defence and Space to design and build a Cube -SAT.
The project was started in 2006 within the satellites division of Airbus Defence and Space.
The project is for young professionals at the start of their career to design, build and test their own satellite.

They do this alongside their normal jobs and it allows them to get a better overview of the whole process of making satellites.

Through hard work and enthusiasm Airbus Defence and Space can involve you in opportunities that you could have never imagined! Some of our graduates have even ended up on TV and meeting the likes of Angela Merkel and Brian Coxs!
Your hard work will be recognised through various schemes and events which demonstrate the talent that Airbus Defence and Space has within its company
We look forward to receiving your application and wish you the best of luck!


Graduate Profiles

Emily Tipper

Graduate Thermal Engineer                         

Richard Painter

Graduate profile

Mechanical, Thermal & Propulsion Engineer