V01878 - Engineering Operative Mechanical Apprentice BAE SYSTEMS PLC

During the Level 2 Engineering Operative Apprenticeship you will undertake a range of engineering activities that will develop your skills, knowledge and behaviours in order to meet the apprenticeship standard and that of the role of an Engineering Operative.

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

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Closing date: today

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    This pay rate is above National Minimum Wage

    We offer a competitive salary with annual increases throughout the apprenticeship and a range of employee benefits including, free higher education as well as access to the Company pension and Share Incentive plan.

  • Working week

    Shifts to be confirmed

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    36 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    28 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    20 available

What you will do in your working day

The Engineering Operative role covers a wide range of common and job specific skills sets that can be transferred across the manufacturing engineering industry sector.

Engineering Operatives will undertake activities across both mechanical and electrical specialisations in support of the wider engineering projects which are being undertaken on Royal Navy platforms based at Portsmouth Naval Base. 

You will be expected to work both individually and as part of a team, understand and comply with organisational and statutory safety requirements and work with minimum supervision. 

Engineering operatives will work with associated trades such as Electrical and Mechanical fitters and will develop a strong understanding of the marine industry.

The training you will be getting

The Engineering Operative Apprenticeship has a typical duration of 18 Months, the first 9 months of which will be spent in our fully accredited training centre located in the Naval Base.

During your foundation engineering training you will complete two level 2 engineering qualifications that will equip you with the basic skills and knowledge to undertake the role of an Engineering Operative.

Following the successful completion of these qualifications you will join one of the many projects within our busy warship support business where you will continue to learn alongside an experienced engineering team.

•    Level 2 Diploma in engineering operations (skills)
•    Level 2 Certificate in engineering operations (knowledge)
•    There is a potential opportunity with the company discretion to progress to a recognised level 3 NVQ in Electrical or Mechanical

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Around 95% of apprentices choose to stay on with us via employment. And as a global business there are a world of opportunities – whether you decide to stay in the UK, or explore an overseas role.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Team working


GCSE or equivalent 3 GCSEs Including Mathematics, Science and English (Grade A*-E or 9-1 (or equivalent)) Essential

About the employer

At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions. We employ a skilled workforce of more than 93,000 people in around 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture, and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.




BAE Systems

The Old Iron Foundry, PP204

The Parade, HM Naval Base



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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 operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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

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

Apply now

Closing date: today