Systems Engineer Higher Apprenticeship - 2017 start

BAE Systems
Frimley, New Malden, Weymouth
27 Sep 2016
27 Sep 2017
Start Date
24 months+

About the role

The BAE Systems, Systems Engineering scheme aims to develop A-level or equivalent qualified individuals into the engineers of the future with a broad understanding of all aspects of Systems Engineering and how these fit into the wider business organisation.

About the scheme

Whereas other engineers focus on specific details, as a systems engineer you will be concerned with the bigger picture.  You will often bridge the gap between the various disciplines – such as software or mechanical design – by using your knowledge of the system to provide appropriate information to each area of engineering.  As a result of this, you will often be viewed as a multi-discipline engineer.  Throughout the different stages of the lifecycle, you will take the lead in research, systems design, integration, qualification and acceptance.

As well as the technical aspects of projects, you will also consider important factors such as safety, security, schedule, cost, training and environmental concerns.

What you’ll need
To apply for the Systems Engineering HA Scheme, you’ll require a minimum of three A-levels at grades A*-C (or equivalent) including one science and maths (excluding general studies).

All applicants will 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 
The focus of the Systems Engineering HA Scheme is on the development of the individual. You will be fully funded by the company to achieve a relevant level 4 qualification.

You’ll also have the opportunity to learn from colleagues who are experts in their field, and gain insights that can only come from real world experience. You will also be expected to take part in ‘Stretch Assignments’ these are opportunities to be involved in a variety of charitable and promotional projects to develop skills in addition to those that can be learned through college\placements.


  • Higher Education opportunity fully funded by BAE Systems (No University debt!)
  • Competitive starting salary, currently £17,500 potentially rising between £300-1200 every six months based upon your development
  • 25 days holiday per year
  • Pension scheme
  • Discounted healthcare and share schemes
  • Wide variety of development/training opportunities

Application process

The selection process is made up of five stages:

  1. Online application form
  2. Application review
  3. Aptitude testing
  4. Competency Interview
  5. Medical & 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.