V01960 - Drilling Apprentice BAE SYSTEMS PLC

The role of the driller involves a variety of different activities. You’ll be working in workshops and on board submarines drilling holes using various types of drilling equipment, ranging from a small compressed air pistol drill to large scale industrial drills. Larger holes are bored using specialist boring bars and machinery.

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

    Exact days and shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    42 Months

  • Possible start date

    23 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    19 Dec 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    6 available

What you will do in your working day

Specialist training is provided to allow you to work on nuclear reactor bulkhead work, using state of the art equipment costing up to £100,000 designed especially for this type of work.

Drillers will also be trained in machine engineering facing, working to high tolerances to produce near perfect flat surfaces, stud welding, hole tapping up to 56mm. The burning process will be taught, which involves cutting holes in submarine steelwork using specialist Trammel burning equipment.

The training you will be getting

By the end of the apprenticeship you will obtain:

  • Level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Certificate
  • Level 3 Maritime Defence Engineering (Development Knowledge & Competence)
  • Level 2 Maritime Defence Engineering (Foundation Knowledge & Competence)
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English (If not previously achieved

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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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

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

Apply now

Closing date: 28 Feb 2024