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Higher Level Engineering Apprenticeship

Babcock International
Devonport Royal Dockyard, Devonport, Plymouth, PL1 4SG
£19,396.00 annually
Closing date
10 Dec 2023

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Engineering & Aerospace
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
Start Date
What you will do in your working day

Join our exciting 4-year Higher Level Engineering Apprenticeship programme, where you'll specialise in one of three distinct trades: Mechanical, Electrical, or Naval Architecture.

No matter the trade route you take, you'll be gathering, analysing and interpreting information and data to make impactful decisions and solve real-world problems.

You'll be responsible for creating or updating technical documentation, reports, or specifications that include information on quality, reliability, production schedules, costing, and more. This could include setting out how a product must be designed, manufactured, tested, modified, maintained, stored, transported, commissioned, or decommissioned.

Along the way, you'll gain skills that will set you up for the future including:
  • Data analysis and interpretation - Extracting, analysing, and interpreting engineering and manufacturing data to draw accurate conclusions and make informed decisions.
  • Project Management - Utilising project management tools for effective decision-making and risk assessment.
  • Problem-solving - Applying problem-solving techniques such as Root Cause Analysis (RCA) Process Failure Modes Effects Analysis (PFMEA) and more, to identify root causes and enhance quality.
  • Lean tools and techniques - Utilising lean tools and techniques such as Six Sigma and 8 Wastes to drive efficiency and minimise waste.
  • Computer-based software system/packages - Utilising Computer Aided Design (CAD), Data Analytics, and Databases.
  • Documentation control - Ensuring compliance with quality standards through proper documentation and processes.
  • Financial planning - Undertaking financial planning, recording, and review processes and documentation such as departmental budgets, estimating, cost control and cost forecasting.
  • Communication and stakeholder management - Communicating findings through various media, including presentations and reports.

Throughout the apprenticeship, you'll have the chance to work at various locations on our site, gaining valuable insights into all our operations.

It's a dynamic work environment, where every day brings new opportunities. From conducting external supplier inspections to driving efficiencies on our production shop floor, or even overseeing internal and external audits - your day will be filled with meaningful contributions.

The training you will be getting

In the first year, you'll spend your time at college, followed by one day per week in the second and third years, with the remaining four days onsite. The fourth year will be dedicated to onsite training.

During your apprenticeship, you'll have the opportunity to earn a HNC in Engineering. After successfully completing the apprenticeship End Point Assessment, you'll receive a nationally recognised certificate as a Level 4 Engineering Maintenance Technician - the BTEC Higher National Certificate in Engineering (General Engineering) or BTEC Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Operations Engineering)

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, Problem solving skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent 5 subjects including English and Maths (Grade C/4 grade or equivalent) Essential
A Level or equivalent Including Maths and a Science or Technology (Grade C/4 grade or above) 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.

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