Technology is constantly evolving, becoming smarter, faster and more integrated; the need to understand not just the technology itself, but also all influencing aspects is key to the future success of any business. Babcock recognises that in order to be able to meet the challenges of the future and excel in the wide range of operating sectors we occupy, we need to be developing the next generation of digital professionals who can innovate using new and existing technologies to tackle these challenges head on.
The new Digital and Technology Solutions Apprenticeship (DATS) degree programme has been developed by Babcock and The University of West of England (UWE) in association with University Centre Weston (UCW) to combine the very best of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) accredited Babcock Graduate Scheme and our Higher Engineering Apprenticeship programme.
The Scheme is split into two specialisms - Data Analytics and Software Engineering.
Babcock as is an advanced user of information and data analytics. How we use data is pivotal to our future business success.
Through the use of data, we provide information and decision making support at the point of need enabling the most critical parts of our business to support our customers in making decisions that count.
Over the course of the 5-year programme you will gain extensive experience in an engineering company, working in modern design offices and also within practical lab environments, test and integration facilities and manufacturing workshops. Placements during the programme could include Submarine Systems, Surface Ships, Communications and Security, Command and Control and Electronic Warfare.
Whilst the scheme is predominantly based in Bristol you will be encouraged and supported to undertake off-site placements at some of our other business units around the UK.
For the first four years you will attend college on a day release basis, with assessments taking place in the workplace. For years 1 and 2 you will complete a range of modules aimed at providing you with a solid basis in the digital environment. For years 3 and 4, the programme will split into your chosen specialism: Data Analytics or Software Engineering. At this point your placements and degree will mirror your specialism.
In year 5 you will enter your 'Responsible Position' in an area of the business you want to specialise in and at the end of the year will end up as either a Data Analyst or Software Engineer depending on your specialism.
As part of your placements you will learn how to produce technical documentation, code and schematics including:
- Cyber security designs
- Software in a variety of different languages
- PLC control
- Concept designs
- Electrical and electronic design
- Database management
You will also learn and engage in general project management activities including project planning, resourcing, budgeting, and document management and configuration control.
For those working in the Data Analytics stream you will get real life experience of working in:
- Mathematical modelling and simulation
- Statistical analysis
- Predictive analysis
- Data visualisation
- Information related technology development
Requirements and prospects Desired skills
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
- Highly numerate
- Able to communicate well at all levels, both verbally and through formal written correspondence
- Good knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Access and familiarity with the Windows, OSX and Linux Operating Systems, major web browsers and browser development tools, and mobile devices and applications would be desirable
- Awareness of software development tools and web technologies including HTML
- The ability to work well in a team, as well as focus on your own self development
- We want to meet people who can demonstrate a strong aptitude for and interest in a technical-based subject matter
- we want applicantswho are self-motivated and are hard working
- A passion for Technology
Apprentices will ideally have three A Levels at grade B or above, preferably in related subjects such as mathematics, science and IT, or a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM, or other qualifications equivalent to 96 UCAS tariff points, in addition to Level 2 English and mathematics.
Applications from those who do not meet these requirements but who have demonstrable and relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis, subject to completing a programming assessment set by UCW.
Due to the funded nature of this programme, applicants with undergraduate degrees in Computing/IT/Electronics Engineering will not be eligible.
You will be asked to state your preference as to specialism (Data Analytics or Software Engineering) at the application stage.Future prospects
For those completing the Data Analyst route, your future career prospect may be a Data Analyst working within our Analytics team. For the Software Engineering scheme, apprentices will exit the scheme as an Engineer.Things to consider
- Please ensure you state your preference as to specialism (Data Analytics or Software Engineering) at the application stage
- If you are shortlisted for the first stage of the recruitment process, Babcock will ask you to complete an online assessment in maths
- The College will also ask you to complete initial assessments in English and maths
- If you are successful at this stage, you will be invited to an Assessment and Selection session (details of which will be confirmed to all shortlisted candidates)
Location:Principally Bristol but with possible placements across the UK (Devonport, Portsmouth, Leicester, Ashchurch).