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2023 Systems Engineering Apprentice

Thales Group UK
Reading, Berkshire
Closing date
8 Dec 2022

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Engineering & Aerospace, Technology
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Level 6 Embedded Electronics Systems and Design Development Engineer Apprenticeship (Degree) – Systems Engineering Apprentice

Are you looking for an employer who will sponsor you through a degree, whilst providing valuable and exciting on-the-job experience within a global, innovative and industry leading organisation? If so, read on to see what Thales has on offer

Location: Reading

The role will develop your engineering skills to become a confident, positive and flexible engineer with well-honed technical knowledge gained from the academic commitments, supporting the team to deliver systems and equipment solutions to deadlines and within budget, including participating in systems requirements and design work, project reviews, system test and possibly site and platform visits for surveys, installations or trials.

As a Systems Engineering Apprentice you will develop the key skills and experience in the following:

•           Develop an understanding of the required behaviours and codes of practice of a professional engineer

•           Understanding complex systems by working on different roles and tasks on on-going projects

•           Familiarity with the Systems Engineering Lifecycle and activities

•           Familiarity with System Engineering tools and methods for requirements capture, requirements management and system design

•           An understanding of systems test activities including Integration, Validation, Verification & Qualification (IVVQ) and the associated processes and tools

•           A methodical and structured approach to problem investigation

The Programme:

Through our degree apprenticeship you’ll be making the most of your talents, getting to understand engineering from the ground up; and doing so with the help of one of the biggest and best names in the industry.

As a Systems Apprentice you will be studying towards a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, under the Embedded Electronic Systems Design and Development Degree Apprenticeship standard with London South Bank University. For the duration of this 4.5 year programme you will be given one day per week in which to complete your University studies. For the other 4 days you will be working in the business, applying your learning and gaining a breadth of experience across the engineering function. Upon completion of the programme there will be the opportunity to apply for professional registration with the Institute of Engineering and Technology as an Incorporated Engineer.

This opportunity is available in Reading

Who we’re looking for:

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are motivated, committed and keen to learn. You will be a self-starter who is able to manage their time, show initiative and has a genuine interest in engineering and Thales. Successful candidates will show self-discipline and an aspiration to achieve a degree qualification.

You will also need:

A Level BBB including Mathematics and/or Physical Sciences (120 UCAS points) or;

BTEC National Diploma DDM, including Level 3 Mathematics and Physical Sciences (128 UCAS points). Plus 5 GCSEs grade A-C (5-9) including English and Maths.

Right to Work in the UK for the duration of the 4 year programme.

Please note that applicants who already hold a relevant degree will not be eligible for this programme.

Please note, assessment centres for shortlisted candidates will be held on Thursday 23rd March 2023. Induction week for all Graduate and Apprentices will commence on Monday 4th September until Friday 8th September 2023.

Closing date: Our applications will close at 11.59pm on Monday 16th January 2023, this is the only time we will be accepting applications this year. Please note we will be in contact by the end of January 2023 with details of next steps.

All graduates require full Security Clearance in line with United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV) requirements - to gain clearance you will typically need to have been a UK resident for a minimum of 12 months. As part of this process, you will be asked to provide evidence of your identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history.

For further details of the evidence required to apply for Security Clearance please refer to





The digital revolution has transformed our daily lives. By paving the way for new practices and use cases, and allowing us to generate and process data on an unprecedented scale, digital technologies have heralded the dawn of a new age – one in which we are more connected and more efficient than ever before. But the digital transformation is far from complete and, with so much change still to come, people are rightly worried about what tomorrow has in store.

Empowered by its culture of innovation and its deep understanding of major societal issues, Thales is helping to shape the future direction of this revolution. Now, the Group has decided to develop a Digital Ethics Charter, setting out its 10 commitments on digital trust and responsibility.

These commitments, which are consistent with Thales’s purpose of “building a future we can all trust”, focus on three priorities: helping to make the world safer and more secure by increasing the safety and security of our solutions, using digital technologies to help build a more environmentally responsible world and placing humans at the centre of digital technologies and helping to build a more inclusive, more equitable world.

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