V01943 - Test & Commissioning Engineering Apprenticeship BAE SYSTEMS PLC

The Test and Commissioning Degree Apprenticeship offers a wide and exciting variety of opportunities in a broad spectrum of Test and Commissioning disciplines. The Apprentices will work as part of a dedicated team to meet departmental goals whilst developing their technical skills & understanding of the different Test Sections & T&C processes

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

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Closing date: 28 Feb 2024

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

    Details to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    60 Months

  • Possible start date

    16 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    28 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 6 (Degree with honours)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    10 available

What you will do in your working day

The individuals will gain experience working towards key events of the boat build and will develop their skills and knowledge through rotations in each of the five test sections within the department - Reactor, Propulsion, Ships, Weapon and Strategic Weapons. 

During your Test and Commissioning Degree apprenticeship you will be given visibility of a range of disciplines in which a personal development plan will be created for your learning and development needs associated with your role.

This includes bespoke technical training along with placements around the business. The following discipline specific apprenticeship roles are currently available and are supported by an associated level 6 degree apprenticeship:

•    Electrical 
•    Mechanical 

When qualified, commissioning engineers will set to work, test and commission various submarine systems. There will be the opportunity go to sea on the submarines to conduct sea trials alongside the Royal Navy Crew. 

Test & Commissioning, within Submarine Solutions, gives people the opportunity to work on live systems and see them operate at sea, and underwater.

You will be working on the submarines alongside test engineers, helping with setting up and testing systems while learning the commissioning process, the software involved and safe working practices.

You will learn system layouts and their operation in all sections of the submarine as well as the complexity and diversity of the commissioning process.

The training you will be getting

Nuclear Scientist and nuclear engineering Level 6.

On completion of the apprenticeship, the nuclear scientist and nuclear engineer will hold a Bachelors (Honours) degree qualification (at level 6), accredited by the constituent bodies of the Engineering or Science Council. The degree will have a minimum of 60 relevant nuclear based credits (1/6 of total credits).

Blended on/off the job training and location to be confirmed.

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Around 95% of apprentices choose to stay on with us. 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, Organisation skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent 5 GCSEs Including Mathematics, Science and English (Grade A*-C or 9-4 (or equivalent)) Essential
Other 1 STEM based subject or BTEC Extended Diploma (Grade MMM or above) 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.




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1st Floor, Main Shipyard Offices


LA14 1AF


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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

Nuclear scientist and nuclear engineer (integrated 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

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

Apply now

Closing date: 28 Feb 2024