Mechanical Design Apprenticeship Babcock International

Ready to start a career in mechanical design? Our 3-year Mechanical Design Apprenticeship offers a unique blend of experience and academic learning, setting you on the path to a rewarding career in the nuclear sector.

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

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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. Working hours TBC.

    Total hours per week: 35.0

  • Expected duration

    3 Years

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    13 Dec 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    5 available

What you will do in your working day

As a Mechanical Design Apprentice, you'll be immersed in a variety of tasks ranging from assisting with scoping calculations to crafting intricate models and detailed drawings. You'll also play a pivotal role in producing design-based documentation and technical reports, ensuring our projects meet the highest standards. 
Your day-to-day activities will include: 

  • Assisting in the production of scoping calculations and supporting analysis
  • Crafting models and drawings using state-of-the-art software
  • Engaging in site surveying and producing design-based documentation
  • Collaborating with teams to ensure hazard elimination, risk reduction, and adherence to quality systems
  • You’ll also spend time undertaking placements across a range of business areas, gaining a holistic view of our operations
  • By the end of your apprenticeship, you'll have gained valuable experience, honed your skills and be ready to take on even greater challenges in the world of mechanical design
  • With the foundation you've built, you'll be an invaluable asset to our team and the broader industry

The training you will be getting

  • You’ll receive practical and theoretical training, combined with company-specific training given in the workplace
  • At Wigan & Leigh College, you'll work towards the Level 5 Nuclear Technician (Mech) Apprenticeship standard. This blend of classroom learning and on-the-job training will make sure you're well-prepared for a career as a Mechanical Designer

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

  • Upon completion of the apprenticeship, you will move into a substantive position within the business

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Interest in CAD design, Positive attitude


GCSE or equivalent in 4 subjects including English and Science (Grade C/4 or above) Essential
GCSE or equivalent in Maths (Grade B/6 or higher) Essential
A Level or equivalent in 3 related subjects (Grade Any) 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.


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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 technician

Level 5 (Higher national Diploma)

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.

Apply now

Closing date: 15 Mar 2024