As an Engineering Degree Apprentice, you’ll be part of the organisation responsible for delivering and supporting the UK Services’ equipment programme. This includes but is not limited to:
- armoured vehicles like the Challenger Main Battle Tank
- specialised equipment like bridge layers, generators, water filtrations systems
- complex weapon systems and the integration with its parent ship, plane or land vehicle
- traditional weapons including small arms, ammunition, mortars
- aircraft platforms and systems across all types of aircraft, fixed and rotary wing, combat and transport plus the support systems used to keep them operational
- surface ships and small boats for both the Royal Navy and Fleet Auxiliary.
On the Engineering Degree Apprenticeship, with the Mechanical and Electrical/Electronics specialism, you’ll undertake practical and academic training that includes a degree in Mechanical or Electrical/Electronics Engineering.
You’ll also complete several work-based training placements and defence-specific related training at various locations within the UK. This is all while you’re completing the relevant vocational qualifications in preparation for employment in engineering roles within current and future defence programmes. Read more about the Engineering function
You’ll attend Weston University College to complete a National Vocational Qualification NVQ Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations. This’ll include practical workshop experience including hand and machining skills, both mechanical and electrical.
During your first year you’ll also start a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering.
Years Two and Three
You’ll continue studying for your Bachelor’s degree, part-time, at university while undertaking work based placements across all areas of DE&S.
Your placements on the Degree Apprenticeship will provide you with much of the experience that you’ll need to take on a role within the business. You’ll also:
- be working alongside experienced project managers and engineers in Bristol
- working on real projects and experiencing the challenges faced by DE&S
- be working with partners like BAE Systems, Babcock, General Dynamics, Airbus Defence, Thales and Leonardo
- likely spend some time at military bases across the UK.
End of Year Three Assessment
At this point you’ll be qualified and experienced to a level that allows you to register with a Professional Engineering Institution as an Engineering Technician (EngTech).
For some, this will be the end of the apprenticeship and you’ll have the option to start work within the business. However, there’s also the option to prove your suitability to continue into years four and five.
Years Four and Five
At this point, while there’ll be some flexibility, we expect you to be aligned to a more specific part of the business for example, land, sea or air. You’ll also continue to gain even more knowledge and experience to prepare yourself for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (I Eng).
With a further two years of study, you’ll complete a part-time degree in Engineering (BEng) at university.
This is only the start of your career. Many of our apprentices gain promotions and continue with more specialised study such as a Master’s Degree (MSc).
Across years two to five you could be undertaking a range of defence specific courses that are expected to provide you with knowledge of technologies that, in many cases, are unique to the UK Armed Forces.
- 5 GCSES at grade 4-9 (C to A*), including English, Maths and a Science, preferably Physics
- 3 A Levels including Maths and Science (preferably Physics) at a minimum of C,C,C
- Candidates must already have or will achieve a national diploma in Engineering equivalent to a minimum 96 UCASPoints;
- Candidates must already have or will achieve a minimum of 96 UCAS points in relevant STEM subject.
Help and Support
There are several ways that you’ll be supported. You’ll have:
- a dedicated manager throughout your apprenticeship
- assistance from an independent training assessor
- experienced and knowledgeable placement supervisors
- in addition to the end point assessments, you’ll be assessed and reviewed every six to eight weeks to make sure you’re progressing as expected in both your academic and vocational studies.
When applying, you’ll complete an initial online application and be required to undertake an online numerical, verbal and Civil Service judgement test.
If you pass all tests, you’ll then complete a full application and upload your CV (please note the specific CV requirements on the job advert).
Finally, the top scoring candidates will be invited to an assessment centre in Bristol.
If successful at interview a place can be offered subject to you obtaining satisfactory grades, your references, security and health checks. Following completion of all pre-employment checks candidates can expect to start employment in September 2024.
This scheme is due to open in late 2023.
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