Apprenticeship - Skilled Trades

Posting Date: 13 February 2021

Location: Helensburgh, Argyll & Bute, GB, G84 8HL

Company: Babcock

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We currently have a number of exciting opportunities to join Babcock Clyde Apprenticeship programme for our 2021 intake. 

Working through a 4-year, fully accredited modern apprenticeship programme, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills, and to specialise in one of a number of engineering-based trades, which will be assigned prior to you taking up the post (Electrical/Mechanical/Electronics/Instrumentation & Control).

If you are successful in your application, your specific areas of responsibility on the programme will include building your understanding and knowledge of engineering principles, attending college and submitting work within set deadlines and completing academic and vocational training activities. In all activities undertaken, participants will be required to meet the standards set out within the Modern Apprenticeship and by Babcock. 

The starting salary for this role will be £18,700 per annum, with annual incremental increases upon successful completion of national standards.


We are looking for candidates who are able to demonstrate the potential to grow and develop their skills, and who can match this with the drive and dedication needed to pursue a successful career in engineering.

Successful applicants will demonstrate a strong aptitude for, and interest in, technical-based subject matter. Specific areas of competency we require are as follows:

  • Qualified to National Level 5 (or equivalent qualification) in English, Maths and at least one Science or Technical subject
  • Qualified to National Level 4 or 5 (or equivalent qualification) in at least two other subjects
  • Robust work ethic and willingness to take responsibility for personal, academic and vocational development
  • Safety conscious, with high levels of reliability, punctuality and dependability
  • Able to work effectively as a part of a team and to build strong relationships with co-workers

Please note that applicants must meet the Modern Apprenticeship requirements in line with Skills Development Scotland. Assessment Centres for the 2021 Apprenticeship programme will be held during April and May 2021. You should ensure that you are available to attend at this time before making your application.


In return, we offer a competitive salary, pension scheme, life assurance, and 35.5 days holiday entitlement. We are proud of our working culture which is built around ensuring a positive work-life balance for all members of our team. In addition, we also offer an optional employee share ownership scheme, access to numerous on-site facilities. 


For further information or to be considered for this role, please click apply to follow the link below to our Careers page.


Successful candidates will need to satisfy Ministry of Defence security requirements and will be required to complete a medical assessment.

The role will be in an environment regulated by Trade Control legislation and involve working with controlled goods, technology and/or services. This may require you to meet enhanced security and regular screening checks.


Description of Location

This role is based at HMNB Clyde, located at Faslane, north of Helensburgh in the West of Scotland. We are well placed for commuter links to Glasgow and the wider region, with easy access for car and public transport. For the entirety of year one of the Apprenticeship programme and thereafter on a day release basis, successful candidates will be based at a college in the Clyde region.

Company Info

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 Nuclear, Marine, Land, and Aviation, underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, unique infrastructure and specialist training.

Babcock International Group is committed to building an inclusive culture and strives 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 fit your specific needs. 

We are also committed to honouring the Corporate Covenant and supporting the Armed Forces community.   We recognise the value Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reservists, Veterans and military families contribute to our business and country.

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Application Info

All applications should be made online. Recruitment correspondence is normally by e-mail, so please check your e-mail account and spam folder regularly.

 All Babcock employees are eligible to apply for vacancies advertised internally once they have been in their role for at least six months. All internal applicants should ensure that their Line Manager is aware and supports their application.


Vacancy Contact Details

Linsay McColl, Early Careers Advisor

 Closing date:  Sunday 14th March 2021








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