Engineering Technician and Fitting Apprenticeship Babcock International

Support our work with UK submarines, manufacturing critical components as you gain in-depth engineering knowledge and practical experience on our 4-year Engineering Technician and Fitting Apprenticeship.

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

    4 Years

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    15 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    12 available

What you will do in your working day

On this 4-year programme, you’ll gain technical knowledge and experience through a blend of college training and work experience, manufacturing complex components for submarines. 
During the first year, you’ll undertake training on-site and at college to complete your foundation training which will include:  

  • Machining components using milling machines 
  • Machining components using lathes 
  • Manufacturing components through a variety of bench fitting skills.

You will also undertake block placements within the production area, exposing you to engineering materials, processes and communication methods such as engineering drawings.  
As part of the structured training programme, you will complete workbooks and training logs whilst being provided with continual support and on-the-job training. Most of our Production Managers started their careers on an apprenticeship scheme and will be able to help you on this exciting start to your engineering career. 
In your fourth year, you’ll move into the area you would like to continue your career, enabling you to become highly skilled and competent within a specialist area.  

The training you will be getting

  • Through your college studies and on-the-job training, you will gain a Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations and Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship (or equivalent)
  • You will also gain a National Certificate in an appropriate design discipline which will align with our functional model. This is likely to be either in Structural, Mechanical or Electrical areas

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • The aim of the Engineering Technician and Fitting Apprenticeship is to prepare you for a manufacturing, fitting or inspection post within Babcock
  • Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you will move into a substantive position within the business

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Team working, Passion for engineering


GCSE or equivalent 5 subjects including Maths and English (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


Bristol, GB


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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

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

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.

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Closing date: 15 Mar 2024