Higher Level Procurement and Supply Chain Apprenticeship Babcock International

Join our 2.5-year Higher Level Procurement and Supply Chain Apprenticeship and gain the essential skills, knowledge, and experience for an exciting future career in procurement and supply chain management.

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, 9.00am to 5.00pm.

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    29 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    13 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

Whether designing, building, operating, managing, or maintaining vital equipment, one thing is certain – procurement and supply chain management lies at the heart of our operations and plays a pivotal role in our business success. 
From day one we will assign you a mentor who understands your business area and can guide you through your development programme. With support from your line manager and our Early Careers team, you'll get opportunities to work on interesting projects, meet key stakeholders, and deliver outputs that make a real difference. 
Rotating through our materials, logistics, category management and contract functions, you'll develop a broad range of skills in: 

  • Strategic sourcing and procurement
  • Supplier relationship management
  • Inventory and warehouse management
  • Transportation logistics
  • Contract development and monitoring
  • Financial tracking and reporting 

On each placement, you’ll interact with multiple teams and develop an understanding of how the Procurement and Supply Chain function operates at Babcock.  
Your days will be varied as you carry out a range of responsibilities from placing purchase orders with suppliers, to managing supplier order books and sending requests for quotations. Everything you do will help the business and our customers deliver essential products and services around the world.  
This is an amazing opportunity to work on real projects to equip the Royal Navy fleet and play an integral role in creating a safe and secure world. With mentoring and on-the-job training, the vast knowledge you’ll build from these experiences will equip you with some of the most in-demand skills right now.

The training you will be getting

As an apprentice, you'll spend the majority of your time onsite at Devonport dockyard, where your training and assessments will take place. You'll spend time working across different Procurement and Supply Chain functions to gain experience in all aspects of the role. 

You'll study towards obtaining a Level 4 Diploma in Procurement & Supply from the prestigious Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).  
This comprehensive programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the field of procurement and supply chain management. 

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, Attention to detail


GCSE or equivalent 5 subjects including Maths and English (Grade C/4 grade or above) Essential
A Level or equivalent 3 subjects (Grade Grade A-C) 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

Commercial procurement and supply (formerly Public sector commercial professional)

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