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Digital and Technology Solutions Apprentice - Marine, Bristol


Bristol, GB, BS3 2HQ

Onsite or Hybrid: 

Job Title:                         Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship

Location:                        Bristol, UK

Compensation:                £21,773 + benefits

Role Type:                              Full time / Fixed term
Role ID:                                   SF46830


Work for the world you want to live in.


Wouldn’t you want to live in a world where people, populations and the planet thrive? Where technology protects rather than threatens. Where societies feel safe and secure. Where cities and continents feel part of one global community.


We’re an international aerospace, defence and security company, with sites all-round the UK, that do loads of exciting and important things to make the world safer and more secure. We defend nations, save lives and protect communities around the globe.



This apprenticeship is based in the Bristol area at either our Ashton House site or at our Bristol Business Park site in Stoke Gifford with access to work flexibly from the two different sites. Normal hours of work are 37 per week, Monday to Friday, with a flexible start and finish times.


This role is within the Marine Sector of Babcock International Group, which delivers a wide array of complex through-life marine engineering services to defence and civil customers across the globe. These range from UK and international naval fleet support, commercial marine, engineering consultancy, weapons handling, equipment support, intelligence, cyber security and training.


Mission Systems forms a critical, and growing part of Babcock’s Marine organisation. Our dynamic and motivated leadership team is committed to an exciting transformation agenda that will help Mission Systems to innovate, modernise and create a more people-focussed business that can support our customers’ mission. Working across a range of exciting design, manufacture and support projects, Mission Systems employs approximately 1,600 people across the UK and overseas with the largest sites based in Bristol, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Ashchurch.


For more than a century, Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence Company, has been trusted to deliver bespoke, highly-skilled engineering services. We help customers in the UK and around the world to improve the capability, reliability and availability of their most critical assets within the four market sectors of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear, underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, unique infrastructure and specialist training.


Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship:
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 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.


Data Analytics:

Babcock as is an advanced user of information and data analytics. How we use data is pivotal to our future business success. Using 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.


For those working in the data analyst stream you will get real life experience of working in:

  • Mathematical modelling and simulation
  • Statistical analysis
  • Predictive analysis
  • Data visualisation
  • Information related technology development


Software Engineering:

Over the course of the 5-year programme you will gain extensive experience in an engineering company, working in modern design offices and 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.


Possible placements:

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 ‘Substantive Role’ 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
  • CAD
  • 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.



Qualifications you’ll get:

BSc Honours Degree in Digital and Technology Solutions


Your technical training will be supplemented with in-house training courses and soft skill training to help you develop your personal and team working skills .


You will be asked to state your preference as to specialism (Data Analytics or Software Engineering) at the application stage. 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.


What you’ll need:
Skills required:

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and build strong relationships with co- workers
  • Able to communicate well at all levels, both verbally and through formal written correspondence
  • Awareness of software development tools and web technologies including HTML.
  • 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
  • Highly numerate
  • IT proficiency
  • Safety conscious and show high levels of reliability, punctuality and dependability
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills


Personal qualities:

  • A passion for Technology
  • A strong aptitude for and interest in technical-based subject matter
  • Focused on your own self development
  • Hard working
  • Reliable
  • Self-motivated


Qualifications required:

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs, all at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) Must include Maths and English
  • 3 A Levels at B or above, or equivalent


The ability to gain SC clearance.


What you’ll get:

  • Generous benefits including:
  • Very competitive starting salary
  • Fully funded qualifications up to degree level may be available
  • Personal development training and opportunities
  • Pension scheme with employee contributions matched up to 8% of salary
  • 25 days holidays plus bank holidays
  • Flexible working (by local arrangement)
  • Discounted shopping and half-price cinema tickets
  • Cycle to work scheme


Babcock International

Work for the world you want to live in. Work to leave a positive legacy that is felt for generations. Work as one team, one Babcock and create a safe a secure world, together.


For over 130 years, we have helped to defend nations, protect communities and build a better world. To continue, we must adapt, advance and be a sustainable business with a shared goal. Change begins with our people and our shared Principles: be curious; be courageous; own and deliver; think: outcomes; collaborate, and be kind. These values not only guide the way we work but also our efforts to reach net-zero carbon. Yes, our ambitions are big, but together, we can achieve them.

Application Guidance

All applications should be made online. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please let us know. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive.  We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at the interview.


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