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Manufacturing Operator Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship

Bolton, Greater Manchester
Closing date
22 Jan 2024

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Engineering & Aerospace, Unspecified
Role Type
Start Date
24 months+

Job Details

MBDA is a leading defence organisation that is proud to support our Armed Forces in protecting our nations. We collaborate with governments to achieve a shared goal of defending our freedom.

Salary: £18,000 plus a £3,000 joining bonus

Closing date for this role is midnight on Monday 22nd January

What we can offer you:

Fully funded qualification starting in September 2024
Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals and free car parking
Fully supported learning and development programme
Flexible working
25 days annual leave (plus up to 15 days flexi leave) and additional study leave for exams
Working pattern:

Please note that our Bolton site operates shift patterns. In order to maximise time working with experienced team members in the manufacturing hall, you may be expected to start shifts as early as 7am on a regular basis.

The opportunity

Manufacturing consists of the Assembly, Integration and Test of all our products for the company. The products we make are delivered directly to the customer/end user and therefore Manufacturing are vital to the delivery aspects of MBDA's business.

Integral to the build of each and every one of our range of products are our Operations community. They work with our Engineers to deliver on our commitment to our customers. They maintain the integrity of each and every one of our builds through the specialist work they do.

You will be part of a team of operations personnel in a fast-paced but friendly and inclusive manufacturing environment. The team has a great mix of personnel, all striving to deliver technical excellence and maintain product output.

This opportunity would suit anyone that has a keen interest in how things work and is looking to learn and shape a career around a practical skill. We are looking for someone with a love for hands-on work, who wants to contribute to the delivery of our products. Further opportunities during the completion of your apprenticeship may lead to more specialist roles, such as electro-mechanical dual skilling, and you could even end up leading a team!

Our Manufacturing Operator Apprentices are the future of our Manufacturing facility. We are working to build a flexible pool of Operators - and you could be part of this.

Programme Structure

On this 4 year programme you will follow the Level 3 Engineering Fitter Apprenticeship Standard which aligns with IET EngTech professional recognition.

During your first year you'll complete your initial training within our Manufacturing Operations Training Facility, before moving directly into your manufacturing placements, whilst studying 1 day per week at Wigan and Leigh College.

In years 2, 3 and 4, you'll be studying 1 day per week with the remainder of your working week onsite (or a blend of onsite/offsite working), experiencing different manufacturing placements; putting into practice the practical skills you've been learning. You'll get to experience the following placements, to name a few:

Printed Electrical Circuit Manufacturing
Clean Room Assembly Processes
Cable Manufacturing
Missile Assembly, Integration and Test
Calibration & Maintenance
Find more details about the course here:

What we're looking for from you:

This role has specific qualification and subject criteria so please make sure you carefully check your eligibility against this criteria before applying. We will not be able to consider applications from anyone that does not meet the following requirements:

5 x GCSES including Maths & English Language & Science/Technology at Grade 9 -4
Our Business:

We respect new perspectives and experiences, and we value our collaborative ways of working. We are committed to growing and supporting diversity in our workforce and ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to reach their potential.

We recognise that everyone is unique, and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments throughout our recruitment process. We also welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.

Follow us on LinkedIn (MBDA), Twitter (@MBDAcareers), Instagram (lifeatMBDA_UK) and Glassdoor or visit our MBDA Careers website for more information.

Please Note: MBDA UK Limited requires all employees to achieve the required medical and national security clearance for their role. Further restrictions and/or limitations relating to nationality and/or rights to work may also apply. As a minimum and after offer stage, all successful candidates will need to undergo HMG Basic Personnel Security Standard checks (BPSS), which are managed by the MBDA Personnel Security Team.

Due to the nature of our business, this particular vacancy requires the applicant as a minimum to be a British Citizen or a Dual UK national with British citizenship and capable of achieving the clearance levels mentioned above.


A leading company in the defence industry, we collaborate across Europe to develop cutting-edge defence capabilities that keep our nation and its allies safe. What we work together to achieve is important. And
it gives everyone the opportunity to become the best at what they do – from software and mechanical engineering to finance and business management. As a graduate or apprentice on one of our structured programmes, you’ll become part of a highly skilled defence community and well supported to sharpen both your expertise and your thinking.

We’re recognised as one of the UK’s Best Places to Work (Glassdoor, 2022) and were awarded Gold
status by the 5% Club regarding workplace learning. That’s due in part to our world-class training and development. With us, you’ll have the chance to work with innovative technology and inspiring colleagues. You’ll also benefit from exposure across our hugely diverse organisation.

This is a rare chance to work with and learn from industry leaders, technical experts and bold thinkers at the very start of your career – so that you can shape its direction along pathways you’re passionate about. Explore more and join us.


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