2024 Engineering Apprentice THALES UK LIMITED

This is an exciting opportunity to start an engineering apprenticeship with a team of like-minded people, working on some of the most cutting edge technologies and products offered by Thales UK today. This apprenticeship will suit those candidates who are serious about committing to an apprenticeship of learning and development.

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

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Closing date: 11 Feb 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    This pay rate is above National Minimum Wage

    Pension – Thales match, plus 1%, with a maximum contribution of 7% Health Insurance – 50% of salary for five years Healthcare Cash Plan 80 hours (10 days) volunteering in your first 2 years depending on length of programme

  • Working week

    Flexible working, Monday-Friday, 37 hours per day; shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    30 Oct 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

  • All trainees will complete a common first year in manufacturing operations which will include work based learning to develop the skills necessary to achieve performance levels in the production of components and assemblies consistent with the required quality standards and the Master Production Schedule
  • It is anticipated that during the second and third year, trainees will define their core skills area within the spectrum of manufacturing activities. The skill areas anticipated to be required are Mechanical assembly, electrical assembly and manufacturing machining. Skill definition will be based on trainee performance during their first year, and matched to the business requirements at that time

The training you will be getting

  • As an Engineering Apprentice you will undertake a Level 3 Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician Apprenticeship at Trafford College, working towards a Level 3 BTEC technical certificate
  • For the duration of this 3-4 year programme you will be given one day per week to complete your academic studies, with the other four days applying your learning whilst working alongside Thales engineers
  • At the end of the programme there may be scope to progress onto higher level learning for those who demonstrate the required aptitude and commitment

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Will qualify with a Level 3 BTEC technical certificate and be a permanent engineer with the Thales business.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent 5 GCSEs including Maths and English (Grade A-C (Level 4-9)) Essential

About the employer

Together, we create the ingenious technological systems and innovations that impact and improve people's lives every single day. Even if you haven't heard the name Thales before, you've definitely benefited from our inventiveness. We reinvest 20% of our sales in Research & Development in the UK. Together we supply invention across 4 core areas: Aerospace, Space, Defence and Security, Digital Identity and Security.




K-35 Kingsway Business Park

John Milne Avenue


OL16 4NG


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Training provider


Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Maintenance and operations engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

Online application, Online assessment, Virtual assessment centre, Offer.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 11 Feb 2024