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Mechanical Engineering Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship MBDA UK LIMITED

We offer a four-year programme aligned with the Institute for Apprenticeships Engineering manufacturing technician Level 4 standard, during which you will complete an HNC qualification in Mechanical Engineering.

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

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Closing date: 17 Feb 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    3k joining bonus plus annual increase 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

    17 Oct 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    5 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

For the four years you will be on day release at Cambridge Regional College with your remaining time spent on placements, typically lasting three months. Some placements may be longer to develop specific ME skills.

The rotational placements and experiences you will gain on this scheme have been tailored to give you the skills required to become an engineer within the Mechanical Engineering Function. Placements will include:

  • Mechanical Design
  • Mechanical Analysis
  • Materials and Processes
  • Design Definition Office
  • Configuration management
  • Environmental Engineering & Facilities

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

Aerospace mandatory qualification Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence).

HNC qualification in Mechanical Engineering.

This programme will teach you to use industry standard engineering software packages such as Creo Parametric, Altair HyperMesh, and Ansys.

As a Mechanical Engineering apprentice, your workplace placement plan will be designed to best prepare you for graduation into the Mechanical Engineering (ME) Function. ME is involved in all aspects of a products life-cycle; from early development and research, through to in service support. This opportunity will give you the skills required to design, make, and test the next generation of missile system hardware.  

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Through regular one to ones, development plans and the use of Mentors, you will have the opportunity to shape your career within the organisation. We have many senior members in the organisation that started life as an MBDA apprentice.

This is a great opportunity to work with state-of-the-art technologies which also opens up many opportunities for progression after your apprenticeship - such as: people manager, technical specialist, project manager, and beyond

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade 4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade 4) Essential
A Level or equivalent dependent on role (Grade (Grade See MBDA Website)) Essential
BTEC or equivalent Dependant on role (Grade (Grade See MBDA Website)) 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. What are the benefits for you? •Flexible working hours •25 days paid holiday plus public holidays. •5 days paid study days to prepare for exams, per year

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 manufacturing technician

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

Employer's Application Instructions

1) Application Form 2) Online Strengths Assessment 3) Virtual assessment day including Strengths based interview and a range of group and individual tasks

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

Apply now

Closing date: 17 Feb 2023