Slinger Apprenticeship Babcock International

Are you ready to embark on a career that combines precision, safety, and teamwork? Join our Slinger Apprenticeship at Babcock and become a vital part of our lifting team at HM Naval Base Devonport.

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, shifts to be confirmed

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    3 Years

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    09 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    8 available

What you will do in your working day

Each day a vast number of large and heavy engineering components, equipment and vehicles need to be safely lifted and transported around HM Naval Base Devonport.  

As a Slinger Apprentice, you’ll learn how to support these operations and develop the fundamental knowledge, skills and behaviours required to become a core member of the lifting team. 

You’ll work onsite as a Rigger, lifting, moving, and positioning loads during construction projects. You'll be responsible for planning and coordinating all the elements needed to execute these operations safely and successfully. Day to day, you’ll work with a wide range of equipment, from skids and rollers to various types of winches, hoists, and cranes. 

During this comprehensive 3-year apprenticeship, you'll acquire a wide range of skills: 

  • The art of carrying out various lifting operations.
  • Working with diverse equipment, including cranes, portable tools, and rigging/fleeting equipment.
  • Staying up to date with all current legislation and changes relevant to the field.
  • Ensuring that safety and compliance are top priorities. 

You'll be working in environments that can be challenging, like working at heights, over water, or in confined spaces. We'll support you all the way - you'll be equipped with the skills to work independently and as part of a team, always prioritising health, safety, and the environment. 

If you're excited about working in a role where precision, teamwork, and safety are paramount, then this is the perfect opportunity for you. 

The training you will be getting

You will be studying a Level 3 Lifting equipment technician Apprenticeship standard. During your apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to spend approximately 3 to 4 weeks away at our training provider's sites in Birmingham (carried out one week at a time), which will equip you with invaluable experience. Accommodation and travel will be provided. 

Your apprenticeship will primarily take place on-site. You’ll be immersed in real-world scenarios and gain hands-on learning experience that is both practical and effective.  

You will spend time with the Lifting Services Training team and through rotations across projects, you'll grow your expertise in lifting and gain a broad insight into our operations.

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, Team working


GCSE or equivalent Including English, Maths and Science/ Technology (Grade Grade C/4 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

Lifting equipment 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

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