2024 Software Engineering Apprentice THALES UK LIMITED

Our exciting Software Engineer Apprentice role will develop your software skills to become a confident, positive and flexible engineer with well-honed technical knowledge. You will support the team to deliver software solutions to deadlines and within budget, including reviewing code and running project reviews.

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. TBC.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    01 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

As a Software Engineer Apprentice you will develop key skills and experience in the following:

  • Programming skills in C or C++
  • Knowledge of OpenGL, graphics programming and mathematical systems modelling
  • Experience of working in multi-disciplined agile environment Familiarity with requirements management tools, aircraft and sensor systems and training simulator systems
  • New tools and infrastructure used for the development engineering environment
  • Development of quality software solutions that adhere to timescale and budget
  • Domain specific knowledge and application of mathematics skills to model aircraft and simulation systems
  • Opportunity to develop creative software solutions
  • Organisational skills with well-rounded communication and relationship building abilities
  • Digital Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics

The training you will be getting

  • Through our Level 4 apprenticeship you’ll be making the most of your talents, getting to understand software engineering from the ground up; and doing so with the help of one of the biggest and best names in the industry.
  • As a Software Engineering Apprentice you will be studying towards a Level 4 Software Developer Apprenticeship with QA Training over 18 months.
  • For your first 10 weeks on programme you will attend a full time Talent Accelerator Bootcamp introducing you to the core basics needed to be successful in role. The remaining 46 weeks will be spend in the workplace embedding your learning and working alongside Thales software engineers. At the end of the programme you will go through an End Point Assessment before achieving a Level 4 Software Developer Apprenticeship qualification.
  • There may be scope to progress onto a Level 6 Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship (Software Developer Pathway) for those who demonstrate the desired attitude, motivation, commitment and skill set. This would be a 24 month top up to a BSc in Digital and Technology Solutions, delivered by QA Training in partnership with Roehampton University.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Will qualify with a Level 4 Software Developer 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, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent 5 GCSEs including Maths, English & STEM subject (Grade C and above (4+)) Essential
A Level or equivalent Including maths (Grade A-C) 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.




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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

Software developer

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

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