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Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing Apprentice - Marine, Bristol


Bristol, GB, BS3 2HQ

Onsite or Hybrid: 

Job Title:                           Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing Degree Apprenticeship

Location:                           Bristol, UK

Compensation:                   £21,773 + benefits

Role Type:                                 Full time / Fixed term
Role ID:                                      SF46836


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.



For this role in your first year you will be based in the Bristol area at our Ashton House site. Normal hours of work are from 07.30 to 16.00, Mondays to Thursdays and 07.30 to 12.30 on Fridays.


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.


Mechanical Engineer with Manufacturing Degree Apprenticeship:
Over the six-year apprenticeship students will earn a BEng degree in Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing. This programme will offer the opportunity to gain extensive experience within our on-site production department as well as the design, analytical and wider business areas for which our graduate scheme is held in such high regard.


This programme gives you a broad exposure to our business, including experience in analysis, design, business winning and project management. There are also opportunities to undertake off-site placements at some of our other business units – something which we strongly encourage and support.


Possible placements:

In your first year you will work in our onsite apprentice training workshop where you will gain your Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) qualifications and attend UCW who will deliver taught modules.


Year’s two to four will be spent completing placements across the business, with a particular focus on our production environment, where you will learn how we produce the high-quality complex assemblies for which Babcock Mission Systems is renowned. During this time, you will attend UWE on day release to complete your BEng degree.


In year 5 you will enter your ‘Responsible Position’ in an area of the business you want to specialise in.


Qualifications you’ll get:

  • Performing Engineering Operations Units (Foundation Workshop Training)
  • BEng Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing Degree


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.


At the end of the programme apprentices will be at Engineer grade, identical to their peers who have attended university and completed our graduate scheme and working to become our future Lead Engineers and Design Managers within the business.


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 with others well at all levels, both verbally and through formal written correspondence
  • Robust work ethic
  • Safety conscious and show high levels of reliability, punctuality and dependability
  • The ability to act independently


Personal qualities:

  • A passion for Engineering and Technology
  • 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, including Maths and Phyiscs


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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