Engineering Higher Apprenticeship - 2017 start

BAE Systems
Portsmouth, Cowes
27 Sep 2016
27 Sep 2017
Start Date
24 months+

About the scheme

As an Engineering Higher Apprentice with BAE Systems, you will be working with a team of highly skilled, dedicated employees and fellow apprentices from across our Maritime Services business. You’ll be part of a team that designs, maintains, repairs and upgrades ships and maritime equipment for navies around the world.

After studying at a specialist engineering college for a year, you will then start to balance your part time studies with full time work placements at one of our sites in the Solent region. Depending on your preferred discipline (mechanical, electrical, civil), your days could be spent testing software simulation, setting to work new pieces of kit on ships or designing energy solutions.

All of your work throughout the apprenticeship will be contributing to the maritime services and support we provide to over 50% of the Royal Navy’s surface fleet.

You’ll be earning a salary from day one, gaining real work experience and working towards qualifications at the same time. 

What you’ll need

To apply as an Engineering Higher Apprentice you’ll require five GCSEs at Grade A-C (or equivalent) including Maths, English and Double Science. 

In addition:

  • For Mechanical roles you'll also need A Levels in Maths and Physics (grade C or above) or BTEC National in Mechanical Engineering (Merit or above).
  • For Electrical / Electronic roles you'll also need A Level in Maths plus one other science or technology subject (grade C or above) or BTEC National in an Engineering, Science or IT discipline (Merit or above).

For all roles, you'll  be able to demonstrate a level of hands on practical aptitude and will have good team working and communication skills. Applicants will also be expected to be medically fit as deemed necessary to perform the role, be eligible to work in the UK and be able to successfully achieve security clearance. As a company committed to talent, we welcome applications from a diverse range of people, from all backgrounds and with many different skills, experience and perspectives.

Your development

At the end of the four year Engineering Higher Apprenticeship, you will become an Assistant Engineer. You will have obtained an NVQ level 4 extended diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, developed a range of practical skills and gained invaluable knowledge & work experience.

As an Assistant Engineer, you will specialise in one of mechanical, electrical/electronic or marine engineering disciplines. You can go on to gain Technician or Incorporated Engineer professional registration status or even work towards becoming a Chartered Engineer. 


  • Competitive starting salary with yearly increases related to your performance and achievement
  • Pension scheme
  • Discounted healthcare, car lease and share schemes
  • 25 days' holiday per year
  • Tailored induction
  • Opportunity for further studies

Application process

To apply for a place on our Engineering Higher Apprenticeship, simply fill out our online application form. If your application is successful, there are three more stages before you can be accepted onto the scheme:

1. Aptitude test
2. Assessment Centre including interview
3. Medical and security checks 

Top tip: Be sure you give yourself enough time to prepare a quality application; it is worth spending some time to make sure all areas of the form are completed fully and properly. Good luck with your application. 

Applications are open for 2017 starts between November 2016 and February 2017.

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