Trainee Slinger

Posting Date: 21 May 2020

Location: Plymouth, Devon, GB, PL14SG

Company: Babcock

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Job Title: Trainee Slinger
Location: Devonport, Plymouth
Business Unit: Base Services

Salary: Trainee


Babcock is planning for the future and with a growing order book the requirement to develop and retain key skills has been recognised.

Lifting within the dockyard is an essential services and developing the skills unique to the Naval Base takes extensive training and time served alongside the skilled workforce. This work based learning allow experienced personnel to mentor and develop trainee’s skills and learning.

Each trainee will undertake training prior to deployment within the Naval Base and will then be partnered with a mentor within the lifting community to develop them in line with the pre-defined NVQ competency requirements.

The trainees will be expected to monitor progress against the competences and demonstrate progress at monthly review sessions with the NVQ assessor. On achievement of the competencies a final assessment will take place and it is hoped that the NVQ2 will be achieved. It is expected that this process will take approximately 2 years.

Any individuals partaking in the programme will require to follow instruction and act in accordance with Training and Babcock procedures and processes.


Babcock Devonport has a number of opportunities for individuals to join the lifting and slinging teams on the Devonport site as part of a recently reinvigorated Nationally Recognised Training program.

The roles are full time positions and will see the development of personnel from a position of no lifting experience through to an NVQ2 level Slinger Signaller in the marine environment. In addition high performing individuals will be offered the opportunity to enhance this qualification by working towards an NVQ level 3 qualification.


What do I need to do the role?


  • Candidates will require no previous experience of lifting operations although a broad understanding of lifting and the Naval Base is desired.
  • Candidates must have achieved a basic level of English and Mathematics qualification (GCSE).
  • Candidates should be able to demonstrate basic IT skills and be able to communicate at all levels
  • Candidates must have Entry Level 3 /Functional Skills level 2 or GCSE grades in English and Mathematics.


This role is based at Devonport Royal Dockyard which is located in Plymouth, Devon in the south west of England.


Application Guidance
If you are currently employed by Babcock/Cavendish Nuclear please let your line manager know that you’re applying for this vacancy.  You should also let them know if you are attending an interview or assessment for a role.

Please note that you will not be able to access the vacancy details after the closing date so you may wish to keep a copy of this advert and any supporting documents for your records.


What impact does COVID-19 have on the recruitment process?
Babcock will be continuing with essential recruitment activity but implementing relevant recommendations to ensure that this is done in a responsible way with consideration of the unprecedented circumstances we are facing.

It is unlikely that internal candidates will be asked to attend a face-to-face interview in the first instance. Interviews will be held by phone, WhatsApp video, FaceTime (where available) or you may be asked to complete an online interview. You will have advance notice should we wish to arrange an interview with you and more information will be provided regarding the format by the recruitment team.


This advice is valid at the time of publication and changing government advice and Babcock working practices take precedence at any particular time.


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.


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 Guidance

All applications should be made online.  Please use a desktop PC or laptop to create your account and apply for a job.  Once you’ve completed this you’ll be able to apply to jobs from mobile devices.

If you experience difficulties please click here.  Recruitment correspondence is normally by email so please check your email account and spam folder regularly.

We are 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 fits your specific needs.


Armed Forces Covenant

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 2 week’s special paid leave to help them meet their commitments. To find out more please click here.


Closing date: 4th June 2020



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