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Country/Region:  GB
City:  Plymouth

Make it BIG at Babcock, with an apprenticeship!


As an engineering apprentice at Babcock you will gain all the knowledge, skills and experience needed to become a world class engineering professional.


Our engineering apprenticeship schemes take 4 years to complete. During this time you will earn a competitive apprentice wage and gain hands-on technical experience in the work place.


As part of the structured training programme you will be provided with continual support and will gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to complete your apprenticeship.


We offer very competitive salaries starting from £11,475, which increase year on year to a final salary of £25,360 in year four of the apprenticeship.


Be part of something BIG, and help us create a safe and secure world, together.


Closing date for applications: 31st March 2022.


We are now recruiting for the following Apprenticeship schemes:


  • Fabricator Apprenticeship
  • Marine Pipe Fitter Apprenticeship
  • Welder Apprenticeship
  • Electrical Apprenticeship
  • Mechanical Apprenticeship
  • Support Engineer Apprenticeship
  • CNC Manufacturing Apprenticeship


Trade Profiles


Fabrication Apprenticeships


As an apprentice Fabricator you will prepare and produce various metal constructions and components as well as repairing marine structures. Fabricators work from patterns and engineering drawings, using a variety of tools and machines to make and assemble metal components.


You will manufacture a wide range of components required for the upkeep and repair of internal and external areas of naval vessels. These areas will range from all parts of the vessels structure to engine rooms and kitchen/galleys.


You will work with steel, stainless steel and aluminium, constructing minor and major ship structures such as the hull, shell, deck, bulkheads, seats, frames and girders.


You’ll be trained in outfitting steel work components, including the installation of doors, auxiliary seating, ladders, hatches and platforms. You will learn to tack weld using different welding processes and will be trained to use thermal cutting equipment, power tools and metal working machinery.

Marine Pipe Fitter Apprenticeships


As an apprentice Marine Pipe Fitter will be involved in the manufacture and installation of low and high pressure pipe systems such as water, air, hydraulics, steam and fuel. Materials used to manufacture the pipes will range from plastic to high quality stainless steel used on submarine reactor systems.


As an apprentice you will learn a range of skills including,

  • Interpreting engineering drawings,
  • Making of wire and tube templates
  • Manufacture pipes using hand and machine bending techniques
  • Pipe fabrication
  • High quality brazing.


The work is varied and involves working on ships and submarines as well as in the workshop and service systems within the dockyard.


Welder Apprenticeships

As an apprentice Welder you will be taught all forms of welding and undertake some fabrication skills as well. This will enable you to work as part of a team in a safe manner and to the highest quality.


You will learn all types of welding that will 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.

Alongside this training you undertake specific qualifications and will be provided with continual support and will gain the Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours required to complete your apprenticeship


Mechanical Apprenticeships


As an apprentice Mechanical Fitter your training will focus on traditional and emerging engineering skills.  These skills will be developed to allow you to identify faults and consequently return equipment to working condition.


Having been trained to use many types of hand and machine tools, a mechanical fitter may even make the replacement part themselves. You will be involved in the installation, commissioning, maintenance and repair of a wide range of equipment.


The scope of work can be extensive including engines, pumps, valves and hydraulic equipment, through to complex weapons systems and even nuclear reactor systems. 


A mechanical fitter constantly faces new challenges as engineering problems are always arising that need to be overcome.


Electrical Apprenticeships


As an apprentice electrical fitter you will be taught how to use electrical engineering drawings and specifications to strip, rebuild, test and maintain a wide range of electrical equipment and machinery.


You will be shown how to install, connect and assist in the commission of complex electrical circuits and then apply this knowledge in our workshops and on projects across the Babcock site such as Warships and Nuclear Submarines. 


You will also help to maintain the vast network of cables and machinery that make up the company infrastructure and are essential to the daily running of the site.


You will be shown how to carry out these tasks in a safe and responsible manner.


Support Engineer Apprenticeships

As a Support Engineer apprentice, the initial phase of your training will be spent full-time at City College Plymouth where you will learn and develop core engineering hand skills and technical skills, including working with engineering documentation and drawings. 


You will cover all the main trade basics for your apprenticeship, covering electrical, mechanical and constructive skills.

On completion of this initial year of training you will start your in-role learning, working within the Dockyard in project environments where you will be able to further develop your engineering knowledge and skills on the job with the scope to learn management techniques.


You will work closely with Senior Support Engineers and Production Managers and will make regular trips on-board the ships/boats to ascertain work requirements.

CNC Manufacturing Apprenticeships

As an apprentice CNC Manufacturing Engineer you will learn the various processes involved in producing precision components, from raw material state through to testing the integrity of the finished item. These components will be manufactured on CNC Lathes, Milling Machines and Machining Centres.


You will be taught by experienced engineers how to programme machinery manually or offline using CAD/CAM software, off-site training courses will provide you with a basic understanding of these systems which you can then build on in a hands on environment within the workplace.

The first year will concentrate on core engineering skills and principles. This will include hands on engineering as well as academic subjects and will take place over 12 months at City College Plymouth.


Qualifications & Requirements
To apply you will need the following qualifications:
Minimum either achieved or predicted GCSE Grade C or 4 in English, Maths and Science (or equivalent).


Personal attributes:

  •  Demonstrate a strong aptitude for and interest in technical-based subject matter.
  • You will have a desire to continuously grow, improve and develop your skills.
  • Robust work ethic and willingness to take responsibility for personal, academic and vocational development.
  • Safety conscious and show high levels of reliability, punctuality and dependability.
  • Ability to work effectively as a part of a team and build strong relationships with co-workers.



We offer very competitive salaries starting from £11,475, which increase year on year to a final salary of £25,360 in year four of the apprenticeship.

Other benefits include:

Enhanced employment terms and conditions, money purchase pension scheme with life assurance, share ownership scheme, Occupational Health services, flexible working hours (only non-industrials), career opportunities and specialist advice and guidance from our Learning & Development teams. Additional benefits may also apply for Management posts.

Successful candidates will need to satisfy Ministry of Defence security requirements and may be required to complete a medical assessment.
Each of our apprentice opportunities are based at Devonport Royal Dockyard which is located in the vibrant city of Plymouth, Devon in the south west of England.
Company information
These particular apprenticeships are within the
Marine Sector of Babcock International Group. The Marine Sector delivers a wide array of complex through-life marine engineering services. Ranging from UK and international naval fleet support, commercial marine, engineering consultancy, weapons handling, equipment support, intelligence, cyber security and training delivered through unique owned and managed infrastructure to defence and civil customers across the globe.

Inclusion and diversity:

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 proud to support the Armed Forces community by honouring the Armed Forces Covenant. We recognise the value that Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reserves, Veterans, Uniformed Cadet Instructors and Service Families contribute to our business and the United Kingdom. As part of the Covenant, Babcock offers Reservists and Uniformed Cadet Instructors up to two week’s special paid leave to help them meet their commitments. To find out more please
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Application Information
Applications should be made online. Please note applications cannot be made via mobile, apple or android devices. If you experience difficulties please visit


Recruitment correspondence is normally by email so please check your email account and spam folder regularly.
Please note that you will not be able to access the vacancy details after the closing date. If you are interested in this role then please keep a copy of the advert and any supporting documents for your records.
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.
Vacancy Contact Details
For more information about the role, please contact Charli Rydqvist - Apprenticeship Recruitment Officer on 01752 983016.





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