Supply Chain Higher Apprenticeship - 2017 start

BAE Systems
Barrow in Furness, Cumbria
27 Sep 2016
27 Sep 2017
Start Date
24 months+

About the role

The Supply Chain function is responsible for researching, sourcing, buying, storing, maintaining and delivering every piece of equipment that goes onto our submarines or into our buildings and facilities.  Moreover, this must all be delivered at the right time, for the right cost and to the right quality standards. 

Having high quality, good value products available at the right time for our build programmes is critical to our ability to meet business deadlines. Supply Chain Higher Apprentices gain experience in every area of the function: Procurement, Material Availability, Logistics & Transport, Strategy, Governance and Capability.

About the scheme

The Supply Chain HA scheme is a three year scheme, during which Higher Apprentices are developed through 3-6month placements around the Supply Chain function.

Working as Assistant Buyers, the projects and placements undertaken by Higher Apprentices are diverse; from placing purchase orders for multi-million pound contracts, to helping to improve policies and procedures, to figuring out how to store the hundreds of thousands of items needed to build a submarine.  As a result, Higher Apprentices develop an in-depth understanding of Supply Chain activities and processes, plus all the skills needed to become a confident member of the future Supply Chain function.

What you’ll need

To apply for the Supply Chain HA Scheme, you’ll require 3 A-levels grade A*-C (or equivalent), 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 Supply Chain 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, car lease and share schemes
  • Wide variety of development/training opportunities

Application process

The selection process is made up of four stages:

  1. Online application form
  2. Application review
  3. Assessment Centre including; Competency Interview, Presentation and Group Exercise
  4. 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.