Communications Engineering Apprenticeship

Job Description

Job Title: Communications Engineering Apprenticeship

Location: Kinloss, UK

Compensation: £21,960

Role Type: Full time / Fixed term

Role ID: SF46842

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.

Various Locations:

This role may be based at Kinloss.

The location of these roles will be in one of our Satellite Sites across the UK. Due to their remote locations, the suitable candidate will need access to their own transport in order to get to work each day. The exact location of the roles can be confirmed prior to the interview stage. Where possible, we will match the candidate to the location closest to their home base or preferred location. The suitable candidate may need to relocate to be closer to their employing site

This role is within the Marine Sector of Babcock International Group, which delivers a wide array of complex through-life marine engineering services to defence and civil customers across the globe. These range from UK and international naval fleet support, commercial marine, engineering consultancy, weapons handling, equipment support, intelligence, cyber security and training.

Mission Systems forms a critical, and growing part of Babcock's Marine organisation. Our dynamic and motivated leadership team is committed to an exciting transformation agenda that will help Mission Systems to innovate, modernise and create a more people-focussed business that can support our customers' mission. Working across a range of exciting design, manufacture and support projects, Mission Systems employs approximately 1,600 people across the UK and overseas with the largest sites based in Bristol, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Ashchurch.

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.

Communications Engineering Apprenticeship:

The Communications Engineering apprenticeship scheme will take three years to complete. During this time, you will earn a competitive apprentice wage and gain hands-on technical experience in the workplace. As part of the structured training programme, you will gain academic qualifications and be supported via on-the-job training.

As a Communications Engineer you will be a multi skilled engineer, working on all types of communication equipment, IT and computer networks and repairing electronic circuits and equipment. You will have to carry out routine technical maintenance and fault find systems to restore communications and services.

Possible placements:

At our communication sites you will work on equipment to a component level and the technical skills you will learn will include:

  • Fault finding and component replacement
  • Soldering
  • Testing and measuring
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • System set up and maintenance
  • Equipment calibration
  • ICT Equipment

The apprenticeship will last 3 years. Training in the first 2 years will be focused on the Radio Network Technician apprenticeship and gaining the BTEC advanced diploma to give you the underpinning knowledge to complete the apprenticeship.

Qualifications you'll get:

As part of the apprenticeship, you will be required to complete a 90 credit BTEC level 3 Diploma and in the final year you will complete an additional BTEC advanced Diploma confirming your competence in the role.

Your technical training will be supplemented with in-house training courses and soft skill training to help you develop your personal and team working skills.

The aim of the apprenticeship scheme is to prepare you for an engineering post within the company with the opportunity to become a fully trained Communications Engineer.

What you'll need:

Skills required:

  • A proactive approach to problem solving
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and build strong relationships with co- workers
  • Able to communicate with others well at all levels, both verbally and through formal written correspondence
  • Good organisational skills with an excellent attention to detail.
  • IT proficiency
  • Robust work ethic
  • Safety conscious and show high levels of reliability, punctuality and dependability

Personal qualities:

  • A passion for Engineering
  • Enthusiastic
  • Hard working
  • Logical
  • Reliable
  • The drive to develop and apply education gained from the training provider and Babcock

Qualifications required:

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at C/4 grade Must include Maths and English at B/6 or higher
  • 2 A Levels at C or above, or equivalent

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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