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Software Engineering Apprentice

Thales UK
Cheadle, Greater Manchester
Closing date
1 Jan 2022

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Engineering & Aerospace, Technology
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Level 6 Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship – Software Engineering 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 a member of the Software Development team based at the Thales site in Cheadle, near Manchester, and will have the opportunity to work with people at Thales sites across the UK and overseas.

Key responsibilities will include; the development of Human Computer Interfaces, Acoustic processing, Autonomy and Middleware software products using industry standard tools and methods.

We offer our Software Engineering apprenticeships across our defence and transport businesses.

You will help to:

•           Define our solution by working with Systems Engineering to develop requirements and a test strategy

•           Develop our systems by working as a member of a project team to deliver a high quality, robust software deliverable that meets customer requirements, on time and within budget

•           Support our systems by working with customer support functions to ensure that currently deployed software products are maintained on both land and at sea

•           Build our strategy by working with software architects to ensure that skills, technology and ways of working for the future are developed

The 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 Software Engineering Apprentice you will be studying towards a BSc in Digital and Technology Solutions, following the Software Engineering Pathway. This is a Gold accredited programme by Tech Partnership Degrees. For the duration of this 4 year programme you will be given one day per week in which to attend Manchester Metropolitan University. For the other four days you will be working in the business, applying your university learning and gaining a breadth of experience within the software function. At the end of the apprenticeship you be working as a software engineer within the Thales UK businesses. We have opportunities in Defence Mission Systems and Ground Transportation Systems.

Who we’re 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 a degree qualification.

You will also need:

Candidates will need a minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points at A2 (Grades BCC) with a grade B in Maths and at least one STEM subject (Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, Electronics) or an equivalent e.g. BTEC DMM. They will also require five GCSEs grade A-C (4-9) including English and Maths.

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

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

Closing date: Our applications will close at 11.59pm on Tuesday 04th 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 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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