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Information Management (IM) Academy Level 3 Apprenticeship

Bolton, Greater Manchester
Closing date
22 Jan 2024

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Engineering & Aerospace, Technology
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:

Where possible, we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working, but this will depend on project requirements and the need for access to specific site facilities.

The Opportunity

Start your career in the digital world by supporting, maintaining and protecting the digital technology and solutions of the MBDA ecosystem. We are redefining the way our products and services are delivered to our customers, and we need you to help us.

Our solutions are developed and deployed in accordance with the international group business needs, our product partnership initiatives and the national security standards. We need individuals who want to develop their operational support skills across the whole digital information systems and information technology enterprise.

This four-year apprenticeship programme is a fantastic opportunity for you to join a growing digital systems team and gain hands on experience within the Information Technology and Information Systems sector with a major defence contractor. The Information Management (IM) Academy will give you experience of operational and service delivery across information technology infrastructure including networks and enterprise applications.

Our operational teams cover everything from user engagement through to cyber security threat detection and prevention. We use ITIL standards for our operational management and align with standards such as the UK government Cyber Security Essentials Plus scheme, and you will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of these and begin to apply them in the work place. In this area you would be involved in operations and service delivery for the enterprise server infrastructure and desktop ecosystem including performance monitoring and capacity management.

Programme Structure

You will initially study on a 16-month programme, split by 13 months practical and 3 months End Point Assessment (EPA), studying a Digital Support Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship with FIREBRAND (part of the BPP Education Group).

You will learn with our supplier who are leaders in this sector who offer a blended online and residential learning programme alongside on the job learning. There will be the opportunity for follow on study at Level 3 or Level 4 for a specialist route or to complete the rest of the apprenticeship with on the job learning.

The IM Academy approach will offer you experience of Digital Infrastructure; Digital solutions and Operations Management across the directorate before confirming the role you will take when you complete the scheme.

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
A keen interest in developing a career in Information Technology/Management
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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