2024 Assembly Technician Apprentice - Crawley THALES UK LIMITED

Through our Assembly Technician apprenticeship, you’ll be making the most of your talents, getting to understand the manufacturing function; and doing so with the help of one of the biggest and best names in the industry. The first few weeks will be spent in Assembly learning the key skills.

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.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    31 Oct 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

A rotation plan will start once you have completed your manufacturing key skills training, where you will gain experience & knowledge in different manufacturing departments every 3 months. After the rotation plan you will have travelled around various different departments on the shop floor including assembly & integration, test, repairs and fault finding.

Over this time you will have learnt many different skills in Mechanical and Electrical criteria’s within accordance with IPC 610 (Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies) / 620 (Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies).

You will become a key member of the team, with technical knowledge and practical expertise in the use of both common and specialist tools and equipment, including the use of a variety of measuring, testing, diagnostic aids/equipment and processes to ensure individual components, assemblies and/or integrated systems meet the required specification.

The training you will be getting

  • As an Assembly Technician Apprentice, you will be working towards a Level 3 apprenticeship following the Maintenance and
  • Operations Engineering Technician (MOET) standard
  • For the duration of this 4-year programme you will be given one day per week in which to complete your studies with a local college 
  • For the other 4 days, you will be working in the business, applying your learning and gaining a breadth of experience across the industry 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Will qualify with a Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician (MOET) standard and be a permanent Assembly Technician within the Thales business.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

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


GCSE or equivalent 5 GCSEs including English and Maths (Grade A-C (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.




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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