What you will do in your working day
Our Quality Assurance apprentices play a vital role in ensuring that our organisation operates at its best by acting as the 'voice of the customer'. They help maintain the highest standards, identify problems, and recommend improvements to ensure our policies, processes, and products are of the highest standards.
As a Quality Assurance apprentice, you will be an integral member of our Quality Management function. You'll be based at HM Naval Base Devonport in Plymouth, with potential opportunities to travel across the UK.
Over the course of the 2 years, you will work in multiple placements, including:
- Management System/Internal Audit
- Supplier Quality
- Operational Quality in production facilities
- On board naval warships or nuclear submarines
- Facilities (Nuclear and Non-Nuclear)
- Major Infrastructure Projects
- Defence Quality Field Force (working alongside the Customer)
- Warships Quality
Depending on your placement, your typical day could include carrying out external supplier inspections, looking for efficiencies or problem-solving on our production shop floor, or the administration of internal and external audits.
Your tasks could include:
- Supporting senior quality practitioners to formulate Quality Strategy
- Inspecting and testing parts and products
- Planning and conducting audits
- Developing Quality Control Plans
- Managing supplier relationships
- Analysing data to identify improvements
- Guiding and supporting others to improve quality competency and performance
- Developing documents to support new projects.
It's an exciting opportunity where your contributions as a Quality Technician will directly impact the quality and safety of our products, processes, and policies, helping us to continuously improve and keep our operations safe.The training you will be getting
You'll study to become a Level 4 Quality Practitioner which aligns with Chartered Quality Institute Practitioner (PCQI) professional recognition.
Your course is designed to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge to excel in the field of quality assurance. Through a mix of theoretical learning and hands-on application, you'll gain the tools you need to thrive.What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship
- Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you will move into a substantive position within the business
Requirements and prospects Desired skills and personal qualities
Communication skills, Organisation skills, Analytical skills Qualifications
GCSE or equivalent 5 subjects including Maths and English (Grade C/4 grade or above) Essential
A Level or equivalent 3 subjects (Grade Grades A-C) Essential Things to consider
Many of our early careers roles are subject to Security Clearance and Trade Control restrictions which mean that your place of birth, nationality, citizenship, or residency you hold may impact which roles you are eligible for. You must be able to achieve BPSS (Baseline security) and many of them require you to be eligible for Security Clearance.