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Operations Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship MBDA UK LIMITED

MBDA are looking for the skilled workforce of the future. This four-year programme offers a fantastic opportunity at our brand-new manufacturing site in Bolton, working in an open plan working environment with state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and laboratories aimed at aiding your learning and development.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 17 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £3000 Joining Bonus, annual increases of up to £4000 dependant on performance in placements and college. Flexible working hours, paid overtime, a comprehensive pension scheme, company bonus schemes and superb learning and development opportunities.

  • Working week

    Your contract will require you to work for 37 hours per week. Monday - Friday with a flexible working scheme.

    Total hours per week: 37.0

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    19 Oct 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    8 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

At MBDA, Manufacturing consists of Assembly, Integration and Test of all our products for the company. The products we make are delivered directly to the customer/end user and therefore Manufacturing are vital to the delivery aspects of MBDAs business.

Integral to the build of each and every one of our range of products are our Operations directorate. They work with our Engineers and design specifications, in an open place environment with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, to deliver on our commitment to our customers. They maintain the integrity of each and every one of our builds through the specialist work they do. 

During your apprenticeship you'll get to experience the following placements:

  • Printed Electrical Circuit Manufacturing
  • Clean Room Assembly Processes
  • Cable Manufacturing
  • Missile Assembly
  • Missile Integration
  • Missile Test
  • Calibration & Maintenance

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Your first year will be studying full-time at College. Years 2 to 4 you'll be studying 1 day per week at College with the remainder of your week onsite, experiencing different placements putting in to practice the practical skills you've been learning.

Study on this programme will be face to face and you'll achieve Level 3 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering awarded by IET.

Our Bolton site operates shift patterns; in order to maximise time working with experienced team members in the manufacturing hall, you may be expected to start shifts as early as 7am on a regular basis.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Our Operations Apprentices are the future of our Manufacturing facility.

This opportunity would suit anyone that has a keen interest in how things work and is looking to learn and shape a career around a practical skill. Future roles once you have completed your apprenticeship may lead to more specialist sills such as electro-mechanical dual skills. You could even end up leading a team. We are working to build a flexible pool of operators - and you could be part of this.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Creative, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade Level 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Level 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Science (Grade Level 4) Essential

Things to consider

Please note that in order to apply for MBDA UK opportunities you will need to be eligible for SC (Secret Level) UK Security Clearance.

About the employer

MBDA is the only company capable of designing and producing missile systems to meet the current and future needs of the armed forces over land, sea and air. Through our expertise, we have become a trusted partner to the Ministry of Defence and work closely with the military to ensure that they have the capability they need, in order to protect our freedoms




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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Engineering fitter

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

1) Application Form 2) Online Strengths Assessment 3) Virtual assessment day with a range of individual and group tasks as well as an Interview

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 17 Feb 2023