Communications Engineering Apprenticeship Babcock International

Join Babcock as a Communications Engineering Apprentice and enter the innovative world of IT and communication systems as you build the skills needed for an exciting future in communications engineering.

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, shifts TBC.

    Total hours per week: 35

  • Expected duration

    3 Years

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    17 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What you will do in your working day

On this 3-year apprenticeship programme, you’ll get to work on all types of communication equipment, IT and computer networks, repairing and restoring vital communication systems and services for our customers.  
During this time, you will earn a competitive apprentice wage, gain technical experience in the workplace and obtain academic qualifications.  
Working onsite with engineering mentors, you’ll learn about the key components required to provide a robust and reliable communication system, whilst gaining multiple technical skills including: 

  • Fault finding and component replacement 
  • Soldering 
  • Testing and measuring 
  • Equipment maintenance 
  • System set up and maintenance 
  • Equipment calibration   

You’ll perform maintenance on communications systems, carry out performance tests, complete fault diagnosis and repair communication systems. You’ll also support in the development of new systems and customer projects, alongside expert communications engineers. 

The training you will be getting

As part of the structured training programme, you will gain qualifications that will help you on your way to becoming a qualified L3 Communications Engineer. 
You’ll attend formal BTEC training courses every 6 weeks on subjects such as Electronics, Mathematics, Computer Systems and Telecommunications. 
During your apprenticeship, you will be focused on completing your Level 3 Radio Network Technician Apprenticeship. You will also work towards gaining a Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Telecommunications and a Level 3 Advanced Diploma in ICT Systems and Principles. 

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Once you have successfully completed your apprenticeship, you’ll become a qualified Communications Engineer playing a critical role within our Communications Engineering team ensuring that systems meet the required level of service.  

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Team working, Passion for engineering


GCSE or equivalent 5 subjects including English (Grade Grade C/4) Essential
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade Grade B/6) Essential
A Level or equivalent 2 subjects (Grade Grade C or above) 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

Radio network 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

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