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Defence Engineering Degree Apprenticeship – 2019

£15.1k pa. with annual increments

MOD Abbey Wood, Bristol

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About us

The force behind the armed forces, DE&S is a highly specialised, arms-length body of the Ministry of Defence, operating with a budget of £178 billion over the next 10 years.

From the procurement of fighter jets and aircraft carriers to the provision of food and clothes, we ensure the armed forces have the equipment and support they need to carry out their operations at home and abroad.

We employ over 11,000 talented Civil Servants and military personnel (supported by contractors from the private sector) across more than 150 locations around the world.

About engineering

Our Engineering function enables the delivery of our equipment and support by providing specialist expertise in domain-related disciplines such as: mechanical, electrical and power distribution; software, sensors and electronic systems; acquisition safety and environmental protection; quality assurance; ordnance munitions & explosives, as well as systems engineering and integration.

The apprenticeship

Find your future.

Successful applicants will undertake a comprehensive framework of practical and academic training, including a foundation degree or full degree for individuals with the greatest potential. Apprentices will also complete several work based training placements and defence specific nuclear, aerospace or weapons training at various locations within the UK. You will also complete relevant vocational qualifications in preparation for engineering posts within the MOD Current and Future Submarine, Air or Weapons Programme.

The Apprenticeship is based in Bristol, although some work and college placements may be elsewhere in the UK or occasionally overseas. Starting salary £15.1k. Rates of pay are to be determined as part of the DE&S wide review of reward and recognition for engineering trainees. On successful completion of the scheme, you will be appointed to a role as an Engineering Manager at Senior/Admin Specialist level in which you will use your knowledge and experience to support and equip the Armed Forces. Your contracted hours will be 37 hours per week although some additional study will be required in your own time to complete the academic part of the apprenticeship.

We are recruiting for up to 30 positions. Please note that this scheme is still under development and you should expect some elements of the apprenticeship to change. If you hold dual nationality there may be restrictions on the scheme that is available to you.

Qualifications

Candidates must:

  • Have 5 GCSE grade A* to C or Grades 4 – 9 (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Science / Engineering subject plus two additional subjects.
  • Have or be studying for ‘A’ levels (or equivalent) in Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry or other Engineering related subjects and one other subject. Typically two B’s and one C grade by August 2019,

OR

  • a National Diploma in engineering at distinction* distinction* level (minimum 112 UCAS points under the new scheme). A strong performance in GCSE STEM subjects will be expected for ND applicants.

Please note that this is a development scheme and candidates with higher level qualifications in engineering may not be eligible. All vocational and academic qualifications held or in progress must be declared.

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