Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship2023-12-13T12:14:23+00:00

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Applications open: Late 2024

What is the DE&S Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship?

Our Engineering Advanced Apprenticeship could be your ticket to an exciting new career in the Ministry of Defence. You’ll learn through practical and academic training, as you work towards a Level 4 HNC Engineering Qualification. Throughout the scheme, you’ll complete technical work-based placements within a wide range of specialist defence project teams. And as your confidence grows so will your skills, with the help of a dedicated support team to help you succeed.

What you’ll get

Starting salary

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Where you’ll be

MOD Abbeywood

What you’ll need

To apply for this scheme, you’ll need:

  • To be over the age of 16 by 1 September 2024
  • Five GCSEs at grade C-A* or Grades 4-9 (Including English Language, Mathematics and a Science or Engineering subject)

Please note, candidates with higher level qualifications in Engineering may not be eligible for this scheme.

What you’ll do

During the first year of your apprenticeship, you’ll be at college full-time learning core engineering skills. You’ll also be studying for a Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, which typically involves activities such as turning, milling and welding. Alongside this, you’ll also study for a Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing, taught through classroom delivery.

You’ll complete a number of placements that will last around six months and will be carried out in our Land, Air and Sea domains, supporting cutting edge military equipment. There may also be placement opportunities within the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA).

Once you’ve successfully completed your apprenticeship, you’ll be appointed as a Senior Technical Specialist II Engineer and assigned to a project in DE&S where you could be involved in:

  • Managing equipment/system modifications and updates
  • Provide advice and support to military users
  • Liaise with MoD personnel, contractors and military users
  • Specify tasks for contractors
  • Review and analyse technical reports
  • Control the configuration of technical information
  • Become a specialist in an engineering field

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What our learners say about working for DE&S

“I really enjoy the networking, not only with my cohort but other people in the organisation. There is lots of support around and I have had the opportunity to work on some exciting projects.”

Charlotte, Engineering Apprentice

Developing tomorrow’s talent, today.

Course frequently asked questions

Yes. Should you require support with the application process you can contact our Entry Talent team at deshr-etcoe-recruitment@mod.gov.uk

DE&S is currently operating a Smarter Working Policy, where hybrid working may be available depending on your placement/project.

However, we cannot specifically advise in advance of you joining the organisation. It could mean being situated in office three times a week, or twice a month. We strongly encourage face-to-face collaboration to network with your peers and gain further experience.

You will be able to discuss your daily working hours with your Delivery Manager on starting.

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a place to those who do not meet the entry requirements for the scheme.

Please contact our Entry Talent team at deshr-etcoe-recruitment@mod.gov.uk

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