Engineering Apprenticeship

Posting Date: 29 December 2020

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL1 4SG

Company: Babcock

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Babcock, a world of opportunities!

With us you will gain all the knowledge and skills you need. The vast knowledge you will build with these experiences will equip you with some of the most in-demand skills right now. And with our support and structured training – not to mention many rewarding tasks – you will gain all the knowledge, skills and experience you need to be one of the best.  So think about it.  You can build a real future here.


Job Description

Babcock is looking for exceptional apprentices to train across various apprenticeships at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth.

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 complete knowledge and understanding logs whilst being provided with continual support.


The next apprenticeship scheme will commence on Monday 6th September 2021.


Closing date for applications: 31st March 2021.


We are now recruiting for the following Apprenticeship schemes


Electrical Apprenticeship

Mechanical Apprenticeship

Fabricator Apprenticeship

Marine Pipe Fitter Apprenticeship

Support Engineer Apprenticeship

Welder Apprenticeship

CNC Manufacturing Apprenticeship



Electrical Apprenticeships

Electrical fitters will find themselves working in some of our most technically challenging areas.  Working on warships and nuclear submarines at our Devonport base, they’ll learn a variety of practical skills – from rewiring and connecting circuits, to overhauling, testing and installing equipment.  But the development doesn’t stop there.  We offer full training and support to gain a nationally recognised apprenticeship.

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.

As already mentioned, 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.

Alongside this training you will study for the Technical Certificate that will make up your Advanced Modern Apprenticeship.


Mechanical Apprenticeships

Mechanical fitters are literally given all the tools they need to learn some of today’s most in-demand engineering skills.  They’re constantly faced with new challenges, working on equipment such as turbines, pumps, torpedo firing systems and complex hydraulic systems.  Training how to take a piece of equipment apart is one thing but discovering and repairing any faults before assembling it all back together is another – especially when fitting it onto vessels as diverse as submarines and landing craft.  It all goes towards building the foundation of an impressive career.

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 hydraulics 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.

Developments in engineering mean that there is a need to constantly adapt existing skills and knowledge to understand new materials and technology but maintaining traditional skills and knowledge is equally important. We are ready and waiting to train enthusiastic and motivated apprentices. Is that you?


Fabrication Apprenticeships

A Fabricator prepares and produces various metal constructions and components as well as repairing marine structures. Fabricators work from patterns and engineers drawings using a variety of tools and machines to make and assemble metal components. A large part of their work involves repair and renewal of marine structural steel work. You will work in a variety of environments including factory based manufacturing or on board marine vessels undergoing refurbishment.

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.
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.


Marine Pipe Fitter Apprenticeships

A Marine Pipe fitter may manufacture a fuel system for a gas turbine, make a new high quality stainless steel pipe for a nuclear reactor and become a brazing expert. You could do all this and more with our support and structured training.

A Marine Pipe Fitter apprentice 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. The skills learnt will be traditional as well as current for use on the latest fittings and materials.

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

  • Interpret 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.
Support Engineer Apprenticeships
Are you a dynamic, reliable and enthusiastic person who wants to follow a career in Engineering? Then you can build a real future here with Babcock as a Support Engineer.
We will provide you with all the training, education and experience you will need to become a Support Engineer working as part of a team responsible for supporting Warships and Submarines for the Royal Navy.
Support Engineers work as a liaison between the MOD (customer) and Production. They process the customers’ requirements into work authorisations for Production to work from. 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.
You will work on projects from the outset all the way through to project completion.
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.
During your apprenticeship you will be required to demonstrate competence by completing a Marine Engineering NVQ Level 3 in Technical Engineering Support NVQ and will also complete a nationally recognised BTEC Engineering qualification.
Welder Apprenticeships
Welders will work within a variety of areas at our Devonport base. This could be on a Nuclear Submarine, Warships, Amphibious vessels or within a workshop environment. They will learn all types of welding that will enable them to manufacture items or repair structural parts of the naval fleet. We offer full training and support to gain a nationally recognised apprenticeship. So you will be able to earn while you learn with a very attractive salary.
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 of quality.
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.
You will be shown how to carry out these tasks in a safe and responsible manner.
Alongside this training you will study for the Technical Certificate that will make up your Advanced Modern Apprenticeship.


CNC Manufacturing Apprenticeships
A CNC manufacturing engineer is responsible for machining high integrity components for a wide range of projects. These components will be manufactured on CNC Lathes, Milling Machines and Machining Centres.
We offer full training and support to gain a nationally recognised apprenticeship. So you will be able to earn while you learn with a very attractive salary.
As an apprentice CNC Manufacturing Engineer you will be taught the various processes involved in producing precision components, from raw material state through to testing the integrity of the finished item.
You will be part of a team that is skilled and flexible enough to react to the emergent requests of all live projects within Devonport Royal Dockyard,
The variety of components that you manufacture will mean that no two days are the same!
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.
Alongside this training you will study for the Technical Certificate that will make up your Advanced Modern Apprenticeship.
The apprenticeship scheme lasts four years. 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
We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate clear potential to continuously grow and develop their skills, and who can match this with the drive and dedication needed to become a success in the beginning stages of their career. We want to meet with people who can demonstrate a strong aptitude for and interest in technical-based subject matter.  Other specific areas of competency we require you to demonstrate are as follows:

  • Qualified to the standard specified above depending on your chosen apprenticeship.
  • 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.
    To apply you will need the following qualifications:
    Minimum either achieved or predicted GCSE Grade C or 4 in English, Maths and Science.
    Successful candidates will need to satisfy Ministry of Defence security requirements and may be required to complete a medical assessment.
    Our Craft Engineering apprentices start with an annual salary of £11,280.
    Babcock offers a supportive environment including: 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.
    This role is based at Devonport Royal Dockyard which is located in the vibrant city of Plymouth, Devon in the south west of England.
    Plymouth is a city with a long and proud military history and more than its fair share of heritage. There is something for everyone here; from a superb coastline if you are a water sports enthusiast or Dartmoor National Park if you enjoy hiking and climbing, or simply enjoy the fantastic scenery. For a great night out we have the historic Barbican area with its wide variety of bars, clubs and restaurants.
    Company Information
    This role is 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.
    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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    Business Area- Devonport
    Babcock International Group owns and operates the main refit, maintenance and workshop area of the 330 acre naval site at Devonport, known as Devonport Royal Dockyard, where it employs thousands of people. The remainder of the site at Devonport is owned by the Ministry of Defence and is known as Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Devonport – one of the largest naval bases in Western Europe.
    Babcock and the Ministry of Defence work in partnership to operate and maintain this co-located site by providing through-life support for submarines, surface ships and associated systems and equipment.
    Babcock has a large design and technology capability providing a wide range of support activities including feasibility and project definition studies, detail design and draughting, development trials, noise and vibration analysis, structural analysis, project management, integrated logistic support and risk management.
    Application Information
    All 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.
    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.
    For any further questions please contact the Devonport Apprenticeship Recruitment team via
    Vacancy Contact Details
    For more information about the role, please contact Charli Rydqvist - Apprenticeship Recruitment Officer on 01752 983016.




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