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Engineering Trades Apprenticeship


Faslane, Helensburgh, GB, G84 8HL

Onsite or Hybrid:  OnSite

Programme title: Engineering Trades Apprenticeship
Level: SVQ Level 6
Salary: £16,000
Location: Clyde, Scotland  
Application closing date: March 2024  
Programme start date: August 2024 


Ready to learn a skilled trade? On our 4-year Engineering Trades Apprenticeship, you’ll develop specialist engineering trade skills and gain hands-on experience maintaining the Royal Navy's fleet.


About the programme


This is no ordinary engineering apprenticeship. Our engineers are at the forefront of maintaining the Royal Navy’s fleet.


As an Engineering Technician, you'll contribute to the maintenance, upgrades and repairs of ships, submarines and infrastructure at HM Naval Base Clyde. 


You’ll work on a variety of projects including the Vanguard and Astute-Class nuclear submarines. You’ll also provide support to facilities management, helping keep the naval base running safely and efficiently.
This varied and exciting programme covers Mechanical, Electrical, Fabrication and Welding trades. You'll be assigned one of these trade routes to specialise in. 


Find out more about each of the trades below.


Mechanical Fitting 

You’ll be trained to use a variety of hand and machine tools whilst learning how to identify faults and return equipment to working condition. You’ll be involved in the installation, commissioning, maintenance and repair of a wide range of equipment including engines, pumps, valves and hydraulic equipment. You could even work on complex weapon systems and nuclear reactor systems.


Electrical Fitting

You’ll learn how to use electrical engineering drawings and specifications to strip, rebuild, test and maintain a wide range of electrical equipment and machinery. You’ll gain knowledge and practical skills that will enable you to install, connect and assist in the commission of complex electrical circuits which could see you work on projects such as warships and nuclear submarines. You will also help to maintain the vast network of cables and machinery that is essential to the daily running of the site.



You will manufacture a wide range of components and construct minor and major ship structures such as the hull, shell, deck, bulkheads, seats, frames and girders using a range of metals. You’ll be trained in outfitting steelwork components, including the installation of doors, auxiliary seating, ladders, hatches and platforms. You will also learn to tack weld using different welding processes and will be trained to use thermal cutting equipment, power tools and metalworking machinery.



As well as learning all forms of welding, you’ll also gain some fabrication skills to enable you to manufacture items or repair structural parts of the naval fleet. You could be involved in manufacturing components in our factory one day, repairing the shipside of a warship the next or working on a submarine to ensure its watertight integrity.


Wherever you find yourself, you'll gain knowledge and skills in:



  • Health and safety
  • Planning and documentation
  • Engineering mathematical and scientific principles
  • Methods and techniques
  • Structure, properties and characteristics of materials
  • Diagnostic methods to overcome problems
  • Interpreting engineering drawings and data
  • Adhering to and refining processes and procedures

Your education/training


This 4-year programme incorporates classroom learning plus on-the-job training. You'll study core engineering principles plus develop specialist skills in mechanical, electrical, fabrication or welding. 


As part of your apprenticeship, you will receive training at West College Scotland. During your apprenticeship, you will study towards:  


  • SVQ Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations at SCQF Level 5
  • SVQ Level 3 in your chosen engineering discipline/trade route at SCQF Level 6
  • National Certificate in your chosen discipline/trade route   at SCQF Level 6

Through a combination of classroom learning and onsite training you’ll develop well-rounded engineering competencies and behaviours, preparing you for life in the industry.   


Through rotations across departments, you'll grow a broad expertise in engineering and gain insight into our operations, helping you to thrive in this vital role.   

What you’ll need


  • National Level 5 qualifications (or equivalent) in Maths and English, and a Science or technical subject.  
  • Two other qualifications at National Level 4 or 5 or above.
  • Many of our early careers roles are subject to Security Clearance and Trade Control restrictions which mean that your place of birth, nationality, citizenship, or residency you hold or have held may impact which roles you are eligible for. Further details are available at United Kingdom Security Vetting: clearance levels – GOV.UK ( For our early careers roles, you must be able to achieve BPSS (Baseline Security) and many of them require you to be eligible for full Security Clearance.


What you’ll get


We will provide you with a supportive and engaging environment where you can grow your career.


In addition, you’ll benefit from:


  • Fully funded qualification
  • Personal development training and opportunities
  • Minimum 28 days holiday allowance including bank holidays
  • Competitive pension scheme 
  • Employee share scheme
  • Flexible benefits including cycle to work scheme and employee shopping savings portal


You’ll also have the chance to get involved in our STEM outreach activities and volunteering opportunities, which our apprentices find incredibly rewarding.


Your career development


It’s hard to beat the variety of fantastic opportunities and business experiences you’ll receive. You can expect real world encounters and exposure to exciting projects that will really help you navigate where you want to take your career.


Plus, when you join us, you’ll be automatically enrolled onto our Apprentice Development Programme. Through a series of digital and face to face sessions, presented by wellbeing and performance experts and our external partners, we will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to thrive and perform at your very best on your programme and beyond.

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