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Higher Level Quality Technician Apprentice

Country/Region:  GB
City:  Bristol

Our apprenticeship programme is growing and we are looking for individuals to join our new Level 4 Quality Technician apprenticeship. We are proud to say we were part of the employer group who developed the new standard and as a result the group were awarded the MOD Award for Inspiring Leadership and the Chartered Quality Institute’s International Award for Outstanding Contribution.  

Our Quality teams help our organization perform at its best by acting as the ‘voice of the customer’ to make sure the highest of standards. They help our organisation stay fit and healthy, through identifying problems and recommending improvements to ensure our policies, processes, and products perform at their best and are risk-free. Our team of Quality Technicians play an important role within the Quality Management function by providing day-to-day testing and oversight of policies and procedures to ensure the correct standards of specification.


As part of the 2 year apprenticeship you will earn a very competitive salary, valuable work experience and earn a recognised qualification at the same time.


Over the course of the 2 years you will work in 4 placements, three of which will be of a six month duration spent in either Supplier Quality, Production Quality or Project Quality. The fourth placement will be in Audit and Assurance and will last for 3 months. For the remainder of your apprenticeship you will work in your ‘responsible position’ in an area of the business you would like to continue your career.

Depending on your placement your typical day could range from carrying out external supplier inspections to looking for efficiencies or problem solving on our production shop floor to the administration of internal and external audits.

Whilst working you will attend one 2 hour training module per week which will be delivered virtually by our training provider. These interactive sessions will be supplemented with one to one coaching support which will consist of either face to face or remote sessions. In addition to studying for your apprenticeship you will also receive training and experience in the full range of quality tools and will undertake Lean Awareness training and the Yellow Belt qualification. All apprentices will also achieve Associate Membership of the Chartered Quality Institute.

Throughout your apprenticeship you will be supported by a mentor who is a senior Quality professional and in your first year you will be assigned a buddy who will help you settle into the business.


Desired Skills


  • Great communication skills
  • Ability to analyse data in a logical way
  • Able to solve practical problems
  • Able to work well in a team
  • Desired Personal Skills
  • Keen eye for detail
  • Self-starter with initiative


Desired qualifications


To apply you will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or higher (or equivalent) and 3 A Levels (Maths and Science desirable) at grade C or above or equivalent Level 3 qualification e.g. BTEC at Merit or Distinction.


Desired Prospects


The aim of the apprenticeship is to prepare you for a permanent Quality role working as an Assistant Quality Technician within DST. We are also committed to supporting further development of our ex-apprentices through further education and technical training.


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. 


Defence Systems Technology (DST) 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 DST 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, DST employs approximately 1,600 people across the UK and overseas with the largest sites based in Bristol, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Ashchurch.


We are committed to building an inclusive culture and strive to attract talent who thrive in an inclusive and flexible working environment. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages please let us know and will respond in a way that best fits your specific needs.


In return for your skill and passion, you’ll get:



  • Flexible working – we give people more options to better integrate their work and personal life, whilst ensuring that business needs are met
  • Growth opportunities
  • Potential to develop skills
  • To work on some of the most exciting engineering projects this country has to offer
  • Opportunities to develop your career


As well as:



  • Holiday entitlement: 25 days, plus bank holidays
  • Pension scheme with employee pension contributions matched up to 8% of salary, with life assurance
  • Our Babcock Rewards Platform allows you to choose from a range of benefits that best meet your needs, including: critical illness insurance, travel insurance, healthcare cash plan, dental insurance, shopping offers and discounts
  • Employee Share Scheme
  • Free, independent employee assistance programme, offering confidential information, support, adviceand counselling, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • Professional memberships, personal development training and opportunities
  • If you are a reservist in the armed forces, we provide up to ten days special paid leave in suppor of your training commitments.


Salary £17,075

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