Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing Degree Apprenticeship Babcock International

Earn a good salary whilst gaining a degree and extensive real-world experience on our 6-year Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing Degree Apprenticeship. Work alongside experienced engineers on a range of interesting projects including Submarines and Surface Ships and help us to continue to develop at pace to meet our customers’ needs.

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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

    5 Years

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    13 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    5 available

What you will do in your working day

  • In your first year you will work in our onsite apprentice training workshop where you will gain Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) Units (Foundation Workshop Training) and attend University Centre Weston (UCW) to learn core modules
  • In years 2 to 4, you’ll complete a number of placements across the business, with a particular focus on our production environment, where you will learn how we produce the high-quality complex assemblies for which Babcock Mission Systems is renowned. During this time, you will attend university on a part-time basis to complete your BEng degree
  • Through the placements in the first 4 years, you should experience almost all the design cycle, and will develop the associated engineering skills. In year 5 and 6 you will be working in your substantive role in an area of the business you want to specialise in
  • This programme gives you a broad exposure to our business, including experience in analysis, design, business winning and project management. There are also opportunities to undertake off-site placements at some of our other business units – something which we strongly encourage and support

The training you will be getting

  • Aside from gaining diverse work experience, across this 6-year programme, you will gain Performing Engineering Operations Units (Foundation Workshop Training) and a Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing Degree (BEng)
  • Your technical training will be supplemented with in-house training courses and soft skill training to help you develop your personal and team working skills

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you will move into a substantive position within the business
  • At the end of the programme you will be at Engineer grade, identical to your peers who have attended university, completed our graduate programme and are working to become our future Lead Engineers and Design Managers within the business

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Team working, Enthusiasm for subject matter, Self-motivated


GCSE or equivalent 5 subjects including Maths, English & a Science (Grade C/4 grade or equivalent) Essential
A Level or equivalent Maths, Physics plus a third subject (Grade Grade B/6 or equivalent) 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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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

Manufacturing engineer (degree)

Level 6 (Degree with honours)

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