Skilled Trades Apprentice

Job Description

Job Title: Skilled Trade Apprenticeships

Location: Clyde, UK

Compensation: £16,000 + benefits

Role Type: Fixed term

Role ID: SF 46649

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 Engineering apprenticeships are based at Clyde.

As the Ministry of Defence's commercial partner at HMNB Clyde, Babcock provides highly specialist engineering support services, including the management of critical infrastructure and nuclear facilities.

We also deliver operational maintenance, upgrades and repairs to support Royal Navy vessels, including the Vanguard and Astute-Class nuclear submarines based in Scotland.

Our waterfront activities at Clyde include supporting naval surface ships, with responsibility for managing engineering work on base-ported Mine Countermeasure Vessels and carrying out emergency and scheduled maintenance on other visiting Royal Navy and foreign naval vessels.

To keep the naval base running safely and efficiently, our teams provide a comprehensive facilities management service that covers building management, housekeeping and grounds maintenance, berthing and radioactive waste processing.

Engineering Apprenticeships:

Working through a 4-year, fully accredited Modern Apprenticeship programme, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills, and to specialise in one of a number of engineering-based trades which will be assigned prior to you taking up the post (Electrical, Mechanical, Welding & Fabrication, Instrumentation & Control, and Project Control).

If you are successful in your application, your specific areas of responsibility on the programme will include building your understanding and knowledge of engineering principles, attending college and submitting work within set deadlines and completing academic and vocational training activities. In all activities undertaken, participants will be required to meet the standards set out within the Modern Apprenticeship and by Babcock.

Possible placements:

You will undertake placements on site to broaden your knowledge and experience and work towards your SVQ level 3 qualification.

Qualifications you'll get:

You will gain the following qualifications in your respective apprenticeship discipline. These four components make up your Modern Apprenticeship.
SVQ Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations.
SVQ Level 3 in your chosen engineering discipline.
National Certificate in your chosen discipline.
Core skills at SCQF Level 5.

What you'll need:

Five SQA National Qualifications needed:

  • Maths at National Level 5
  • English at National Level 5
  • Science or technical subject at National Level 5
  • Two others at National Level 4 or 5

The apprentice must demonstrate the core requirements below and also demonstrate the specialist requirements in their chosen role.

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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