V01953 - Welding Apprentice BAE SYSTEMS PLC

As a Welding Apprentice you will be involved in using skilled techniques to make high strength joints, you will use two or more welding processes to join a number of different metals. You will be required to meet the level of quality and inspection required in safety critical work.

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

    Shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    30 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    28 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    56 available

What you will do in your working day

You’ll carry out various tasks ranging from pipe welding using gas tungsten arc welding through to structural welding using flux core arc welding techniques with the finished welds are often subjected to rigorous inspection and testing.

Welders work on the main structures of a submarine ranging from the outer hull and internal structures such as bulkheads and decking, to the missile tubes and Nuclear Reactor casing. Structural welding processes include manual Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) and manual Metal Active Gas Welding (MAG). For those chosen to specialise in structural welding you will progress on to mechanised FACW, robotic & mechanised MAG and mechanised Submerged Arc Welding (SAW). All welding work undergoes rigorous testing to ensure it meets the high standards expected.

Welders working on Pipe work are trained in manual Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding for ferritic, stainless, nickel and copper alloys. The demanding access limitations requires being trained in mirror welding, a technique very few welder learn outside of the company.

For those chosen to specialise in pipe welding you will progress on to semi – automatic TIG pipe welding (orbital) and are responsible for welding large & small bore pipes in numerous materials.

As a Welding Apprentice you will therefore be required to consistently perform to high standards in order to ensure that the finished products function correctly, contributing to the safety.

The training you will be getting

Plate welder Level 3

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 inc Maths, Science, English & Technology (Grade A*-C or 9-4 (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

1st Floor, Main Shipyard Offices


LA14 1AF


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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

Plate welder

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

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

Apply now

Closing date: 28 Feb 2024