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Higher Level Quality Assurance Apprentice


Devonport, Plymouth, GB, PL1 4SG

Onsite or Hybrid:  Hybrid

Job Title:               Higher Level Quality Assurance Apprentice
Location:               Devonport, UK 
Compensation:      £18,809 + benefits 
Role Type:              Full time / Fixed term
Role ID:                  SF 46611


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.


The Higher-Level Quality Assurance Apprenticeship is based at Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth.


Working at Devonport puts the best of the Southwest at your fingertips. Amazing scenery, vibrant towns, and numerous leisure opportunities - It’s why Devon and Cornwall are such desirable places to live and work.


Comprising of 14 dry docks, four miles of waterfront and 25 tidal berths, Devonport is the base for numerous surface vessels as well as the base and refit centre for the Trafalgar-class nuclear-powered submarines. Devonport has also recently been selected as the base port for the Navy’s new Type 26 frigates and will become the maintenance centre for the future submarine programme.


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.


Higher Level Quality Assurance Apprentice:

Our Quality teams help our organization perform at its best by acting as the ‘voice of the customer’ to make sure the highest of standards. They help our organisation stay fit and healthy, through identifying problems and recommending improvements to ensure our policies, processes, and products perform at their best and are risk-free. Our team of Quality Technicians play an important role within the Quality Management function by providing day-to-day testing and oversight of policies and procedures to ensure the correct standards of specification.

Possible placements: 
You will be based in Plymouth with opportunities to travel across the UK. Over the course of the 2 years, you will work in 7 placements, Management System/Internal Audit, Supplier Quality, Operational Quality working in either in a Production facility, on board a naval warship or nuclear submarine, Facilities (Nuclear and Non-Nuclear), Major Infrastructure Projects, Defence Quality Field Force (working alongside the Customer), and Warships Quality. 
Depending on your placement your typical day could range from carrying out external supplier inspections to looking for efficiencies or problem solving on our production shop floor to the administration of internal and external audits.


Qualifications you’ll get: 
•    Level 4 Quality Technician  
•    Practitioner level of Membership of the Chartered Quality Institute
•    Lean Awareness Training and The Yellow Belt Qualification


What you’ll need: 
•    A minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4/C or above, including maths and English and 3 A-Levels grades A-C.
•    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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