Quality Higher Apprenticeship - 2017 start

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

About the role

Submarines operate in a very demanding environment and require the highest levels of quality in order to remain safe. Getting quality right first time will help to achieve cost and schedule performance challenges.

About the scheme

The Quality scheme is three years in duration, during which time Higher Apprentices move around the Quality function on three to six month placements. Typical tasks that are undertaken on the scheme include practical problem solving, using different quality tools, carrying out audits and investigations across the business, facilitating local action teams to drive continuous improvement, inspection and testing using different techniques (such as radiography, ultrasound, and dimensional control) and assessing suppliers.

What you’ll need

To apply for the Quality HA Scheme, you’ll require 3 A-levels grade A*-C (or equivalent), including Maths and a Science related subject (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 Quality 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

Please return to our site in November 2016 to apply for our 2017 intake

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.