Manufacturing Apprentice

Thales UK
Belfast (City/Town)
Closing date
4 Jan 2022

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

Job Details

Level 3 Diploma in Engineering (NI) – Manufacturing Apprentice, Belfast

Are you looking for an employer who will sponsor you through your qualifications, whilst providing valuable and exciting on-the-job experience within a global, innovative and industry leading organisation?

What you will be doing:

This is an exciting opportunity to start an engineering apprenticeship with a team of like-minded people, working on some of the most cutting edge technologies and products offered by Thales UK today. This apprenticeship will suit those candidates who are serious about committing to an apprenticeship of learning and development.

This is a trainee post, which on successful completion, will lead to recognition and classification as skilled personnel.

All trainees will complete a common first year in manufacturing operations which will include work based learning to develop the skills necessary to achieve performance levels in the production of components and assemblies consistent with the required quality standards and the Master Production Schedule. 

It is anticipated that during the second and third year, trainees will define their core skills area within the spectrum of manufacturing activities.  The skill areas anticipated to be required are Mechanical assembly, electrical assembly and manufacturing machining.  Skill definition will be based on trainee performance during their first year, and matched to the business requirements at that time

The Programme:

As a manufacturing apprentice you will successfully complete a number of general engineering training units, working towards a Level 3 Diploma in Engineering. For the duration of this three-year programme you will be given two days per week in your first year, and one day a week in your second year to complete your studies with a local college. For the rest of your time you will be working in the business, applying your learning and gaining a breadth of experience across the industry, whilst working towards your Level 3 NVQ qualification.        

This opportunity is in Belfast.

Who we are looking for:

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are motivated, committed and keen to learn. A self-starter who is able to manage their time, show initiative and has a genuine interest in engineering and Thales. Successful candidates will show self-discipline and an aspiration to achieve the qualification.

You will also need:

5 GCSEs grade A-C or Level 5-9, including Maths and English.

Right to Work in the UK for the duration of the programme.

Closing date: Our applications will close at 11.59pm on Tuesday 4 January 2021, this is the only time we will be accepting applications this year. Please note we will be in contact by the end of January 2022 with details of next steps.

All apprentices require full Security Clearance in line with United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV) requirements - to gain clearance you will typically need to have been a UK resident for a minimum of 12 months. As part of this process you will be asked to provide evidence of your identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history.

For further details of the evidence required to apply for Security Clearance please refer to


Thales UK


Building a future we can all trust.  We’re a leading Engineering and Technology company.


To help create a safer world, we serve five key sectors: Aerospace, Space, Ground Transportation, Digital Identity and Security and Defence and Security.  We have 80,000 employees across 68 countries and 6,500 employees in the United Kingdom.  Thales protects 80% of the world’s banking transactions and secures information systems of 19 of the world’s 20 largest banks. Thales contributes to the transportation of 3 billion passengers across 86 metro lines in 40 of the world’s largest cities.  Our space program Thales Alenia Space has supplied 50% of the pressurised volume of the International Space Station and is the prime contractor for EXOMARS.  Thales equips over 70 Types of Aircraft transports, helicopters, drones etc.)  50 Navies (from submarines to over aircraft carriers) and 50 Land Forces (from infantry to vehicles).


We hire both apprentices and graduates across all sectors of our organisation, from engineering to procurement.  This year we have hired over 80 apprentices and graduates and are committed to providing more opportunities for those leaving education.  We have extensive programmes which can also be rotational, ensuring our employees get an insight to the various sectors of the business and help to shape their career aspirations.


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