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Engineering Degree Apprentice Programme Bolton

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 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:

The majority of your work will be conducted on site; This means that our workplace remains a social and collaborative working environment. Nevertheless, there can be opportunities for home working depending on the nature of the task. 
The opportunity

At MBDA, we inspire team innovation to tackle some of our biggest challenges. This means you'll learn from the brightest minds, who are always there to encourage and support you.

Our collaborative approach and culture of sharing knowledge will be key to your development. We trust each other to thrive and support one another to learn, meaning when you join us, you'll bring a different perspective to how we see the future!

Manufacturing Engineering is part of the Operations directorate based at our Manufacturing Centre of Excellence. Manufacturing consists of 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 imperative to the delivery aspects of MBDAs business.

On the Engineering Degree Apprenticeship, you will learn all about our state of the art manufacturing facility and laboratories. The duration of the apprenticeship will be focused on Manufacturing Engineering with placements and your final role reflecting this.

Whilst working, you'll study 1 day a week for a Product Design Mechanical BSC (Hons) at University of Bolton both virtually and face to face, which will be fully funded by MBDA. You'll do rotational placements for the remainder of the week, allowing you to earn an academic and nationally recognised qualification, whilst gaining on the job learning experience within a professional and friendly workplace.

Manufacturing engineers work closely with design to influence the of designs and producibility are responsible for ‘how' we build our products including:

Any tooling required to build our products.
Instructions on how to build our products.
The cost of manufacture of our products.
The industrial validations of our production lines and our suppliers.
Day-to-day support of our operators building our products.
The architecture of the production lines.
Developing new manufacturing processes.
Every single day for a manufacturing engineer is different, combining a mix of time spent on the shop floor and office based working. There are also opportunities to travel to other MBDA sites and countries, plus visiting suppliers.

In Manufacturing, you are not only able to see, but also be part of the realisation of our products.

Programme Structure

You will study towards a Mechanical Engineering BSC (Hons) at The University of Bolton, which will be fully funded by MBDA.

The first 3 months of your apprenticeship will be in the training room working towards your IPC practical qualifications. The next 3 years will be consist of working in placements 4 days a week (plus an additional allocated university day release). Your placements will be in different manufacturing engineering teams, with potential opportunities to do placements at other MBDA sites.

Example of placements:

Circuit Card Assembly
Seekers and Datalinks
Inert Missile
Actuators and Control Equipment
Platform Equipment and Cables
In your final year you will do one placement in the area you will ‘graduate' from the scheme into as a Manufacturing Engineer.

Throughout your programme you'll be completing assignments and sitting exams for your placement and university studies. There will also be incredible opportunities to bring your technical knowledge to schools and colleges as a STEM ambassador - making handling your diary the key requirement for balancing your work load.

Find more details about the course here:

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to join an apprenticeship scheme that has developed winners of some of the most prestigious apprenticeship awards in the UK!

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 two requirements:

1) 120 UCAS points achieved through:

3 B's or ABC at A level including Maths AND Physics or Technology or Engineering subject
T-Level in an Engineering subject at Merit or Distinction
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at a minimum grade of DDM including a Distinction in Further Maths module.
2) 5 x GCSES including Maths & English Language & Science / Technology at Grade 9 – 4

Please note: We look at entry criteria based on your top three full A Levels or equivalent qualifications (BTEC/T Level). We do not include UCAS points gained from an Extended Project Qualification. Additionally, as an employer we set our own entry criteria based on the requirements of this role. This means that the criteria above can differ from the university.

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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