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2022 Systems Design Apprentice

Thales UK
Cheadle, Greater Manchester
Closing date
1 Jan 2022

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Engineering & Aerospace, Technology
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Level 6 Applied Professional Engineering Degree (Tech support) – Systems Design Apprentice

Location: Cheadle

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

What you’ll be doing:

You will be working within the Systems Engineering Team based in Cheadle. The Systems Engineering team work on a number of existing projects and support bid activities with a view to win new opportunities.

Thales Ground Transportation Systems (GTS) UK is embarking on an ambitious growth plans to help  meet our customer’s digital transformation challenges. We are working on some significant bids such as HS2 (High Speed 2) with high profile partners and these exciting future projects require talented engineers to design, innovate and deliver solutions to shape the future high speed railways of the UK. Alongside this exciting growth we are also embarking on ambitious plans to develop our Digital solutions and have recently announced the Digital Competence Centre in Manchester. As a key part of enabling this vision and growth, we are looking for engineers to help shape our technical solutions and we need you!

Responsibilities and Tasks of the Systems Engineering Team:

  • Convert requirements into conceptual designs and prepare associated documentation by performing operational analyses, simulations and technical trade-off studies evaluating alternative design configurations and functional features.
  • Create designs from requirements using a variety of design toolsets
  • Create new concepts or modifies existing concepts to fulfil requirements where necessary.
  • Prepare system & subsystem requirement specifications, interface requirements and test requirement documents by analysing, decomposing modelling and refining customer requirements.
  • Perform technical/engineering tasks to define system design and subsystem requirements details.  Analysis and simulations are performed as necessary to identify design feasibility & driving requirements.
  • Represent System Engineering at formal Design Reviews, with particular attention to the reduction of design risks.
  • Undertake Cost Reviews as part of a Bid team.
  • Interacting with other teams such as Lead designers, Testing and project team members and project planners

Degree Apprenticeship Programme:

Through our degree apprenticeship you’ll be making the most of your talents, getting to understand engineering from the ground up; and doing so with the help of one of the biggest and best names in the industry.

As a Systems Design Apprentice you will be enrolled onto the Applied Professional Engineering Degree Apprenticeship at Warwick University, following the Control/Technical Support Engineer Pathway. For the duration of this four year programme you will combine university studies with practical application, working within our engineering function in Cheadle.

This programme is delivered via a block-release model whereby you will attend an average of six weeks at university per year - remote support will be provided online, as well as workplace support with both your technical and practical development. You will also be given some time each week in which to focus on your studies. For the rest of the time you will be working in the business, applying your university learning in a real-life systems environment. At the end of the apprenticeship you be working as a Systems Design Engineer within one of the Thales UK businesses.

This opportunity is available in Cheadle. 

Who we’re looking for:

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are motivated, committed and keen to learn.  You will be 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 a degree qualification.

Entry requirements:

A minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points at A2 (Grades BBC) with at least 1 STEM subject (Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, Electronics) in addition to Maths (Grade B or above). You will also require 5 GCSEs grade 9 - 4 (A-C) including English and Maths and an additional STEM subject.

Right to Work in the UK for the duration of the four-year programme.

Please note that applicants who already hold an engineering degree will not be eligible for this programme.

Closing date: Our applications will close at 11.59pm on Tuesday 05 January 2022, this is the only time we will be accepting applications this year. Please note we will be in contact by the end of January 2021 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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