Higher Level Engineering Apprenticeship Babcock International

The Higher Level Engineering Apprenticeship at Babcock is your opportunity to embark on a rewarding career in engineering. Our engineering apprentices are at the forefront of maintaining the Royal Navy's fleet and play an integral role in creating a safe and secure world.

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

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Closing date: 15 Mar 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Fully funded qualification, personal development training and opportunities, a minimum 28 days holiday allowance including bank holidays, competitive pension scheme, employee share scheme, flexible benefits including employee shopping savings portal.

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    10 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    18 available

What you will do in your working day

Join our exciting 4-year Higher Level Engineering Apprenticeship programme, where you'll specialise in one of three distinct trades: Mechanical, Electrical, or Naval Architecture. 

No matter the trade route you take, you'll be gathering, analysing and interpreting information and data to make impactful decisions and solve real-world problems.  

You’ll be responsible for creating or updating technical documentation, reports, or specifications that include information on quality, reliability, production schedules, costing, and more. This could include setting out how a product must be designed, manufactured, tested, modified, maintained, stored, transported, commissioned, or decommissioned. 

Along the way, you’ll gain skills that will set you up for the future including: 

  • Data analysis and interpretation – Extracting, analysing, and interpreting engineering and manufacturing data to draw accurate conclusions and make informed decisions.  
  • Project Management - Utilising project management tools for effective decision-making and risk assessment.
  • Problem-solving - Applying problem-solving techniques such as Root Cause Analysis (RCA) Process Failure Modes Effects Analysis (PFMEA) and more, to identify root causes and enhance quality.
  • Lean tools and techniques - Utilising lean tools and techniques such as Six Sigma and 8 Wastes to drive efficiency and minimise waste.
  • Computer-based software system/packages – Utilising Computer Aided Design (CAD), Data Analytics, and Databases.
  • Documentation control - Ensuring compliance with quality standards through proper documentation and processes.
  • Financial planning – Undertaking financial planning, recording, and review processes and documentation such as departmental budgets, estimating, cost control and cost forecasting.
  • Communication and stakeholder management - Communicating findings through various media, including presentations and reports. 

Throughout the apprenticeship, you'll have the chance to work at various locations on our site, gaining valuable insights into all our operations. 

It's a dynamic work environment, where every day brings new opportunities. From conducting external supplier inspections to driving efficiencies on our production shop floor, or even overseeing internal and external audits – your day will be filled with meaningful contributions. 

The training you will be getting

In the first year, you'll spend your time at college, followed by one day per week in the second and third years, with the remaining four days onsite. The fourth year will be dedicated to onsite training.  

During your apprenticeship, you'll have the opportunity to earn a HNC in Engineering. After successfully completing the apprenticeship End Point Assessment, you'll receive a nationally recognised certificate as a Level 4 Engineering Maintenance Technician - the BTEC Higher National Certificate in Engineering (General Engineering) or BTEC Higher National Certificate in Engineering (Operations Engineering)

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you will move into a substantive position within the business. 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Problem solving skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent 5 subjects including English and Maths (Grade C/4 grade or equivalent) Essential
A Level or equivalent Including Maths and a Science or Technology (Grade C/4 grade or above) Essential

Things to consider

Many of our early careers roles are subject to Security Clearance and Trade Control restrictions which mean that your place of birth, nationality, citizenship, or residency you hold may impact which roles you are eligible for. You must be able to achieve BPSS (Baseline security) and many of them require you to be eligible for Security Clearance.

About the employer

Babcock is an international defence company operating in our focus countries of the UK, Australasia, Canada, France and South Africa, with exports to additional markets with potential to become focus countries. We meet our customers’ key requirements of affordability, availability, and capability by delivering engineering, support and critical systems to defence and civil markets.


Babcock International


Devonport Royal Dockyard




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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

Lead engineering maintenance technician

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

Once you’ve clicked ‘Apply’, you’ll be taken to our application site. Set up a candidate profile and you can apply for roles at Babcock.

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

Apply now

Closing date: 15 Mar 2024