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Design Apprenticeship

Job description

Work for the world you want to live in.

Wouldn’t you want to live in a world where people, populations and the planet thrive? Where technology protects rather than threatens. Where societies feel safe and secure. Where cities and continents feel part of one global community.

We’re an international aerospace, defence and security company, with sites all-round the UK, that do loads of exciting and important things to make the world safer and more secure. We defend nations, save lives and protect communities around the globe.


The Engineering/Design Apprenticeships are based at Rosyth. At the heart of our Marine sector is our 320-acre Rosyth facility, which is home to one of the largest waterside manufacturing and repair facilities in the UK. The facilities have been an iconic presence on the River Forth for more than 100 years and carry a name synonymous with engineering excellence. Our world-class assets and infrastructure support a diverse range of naval and commercial marine programmes as well as advanced manufacturing.

At Rosyth, you can expect to work on the design elements of the, build, maintenance and refit of UK Royal Navy and international naval vessels, including the Type 31 Frigate Programme, UK Submarine Dismantling Programme as well as various commercial marine projects.

Our wider engineering and marine services business encompass the through-life support of complex assets, marine engineering and platform design, advanced manufacturing, and the international application of intellectual property via our Gas Handling business, LGE.

For more than a century, Babcock, the Aerospace and Defence Company, has been trusted to deliver bespoke, highly skilled engineering services. We help customers in the UK and around the world to improve the capability, reliability, and availability of their most critical assets within the four market sectors of Marine, Land, Aviation, and Nuclear, underpinned by a deep understanding of technology integration, unique infrastructure, and specialist training.

Design Apprenticeship

To gain through formal training and working experience the skills and knowledge required to operate successfully within a Designer functional role.

Assist experienced Designer team members in providing engineering designs including 3D modelling and 2D drawings required throughout the design cycle This will include conceptual and detailed design drawings, modelling, simple calculations, and technical solutions in the delivery of customer funded tasks and projects.

Work will be directed and supervised by the relevant discipline Technical Lead or Senior/Principal Designer for the relevant task or project being undertaken.

Key result areas

  • Gain an understanding of procedures, codes, and standards and how they are applied to engineering and technical activities.
  • Being able to demonstrate capability in the production of, drawings, models, simple calculations design base documentation and technical reports.
  • Ensuring that procedures, codes, and standards are correctly identified and applied to engineering and technical activities.
  • Proactive in driving own learning and development

There is an opportunity to specialise in one of our three key disciplines, which are: Structural Design, Mechanical Design and Electrical Design.

Possible placements

Our Design Apprentices will work at a variety of locations and projects across the site and may move around to gain experience in a variety of design activities across our Design Lifecycle.

During the early year/s of the apprenticeship time will be spent undertaking further education.

Qualifications you’ll get

You will gain a NC in an appropriate Design Discipline which will align with our functional model. This is likely to be either in Structural, Mechanical or Electrical areas.

What you’ll need

Five SQA National Qualifications needed:

  • Maths at National Level 5
  • English at National Level 5
  • Science or technical subject at National Level 5
  • Two others at National Level 4 or 5

The ability to gain SC clearance

What you’ll get

Generous benefits including

  • Very competitive starting salary
  • Fully funded qualifications up to degree level may be available
  • Personal development training and opportunities
  • Pension scheme with employee contributions matched up to 8% of salary
  • 25 days holidays plus bank holidays
  • Flexible working (by local arrangement)
  • Discounted shopping and half-price cinema tickets
  • Cycle to work scheme

Babcock International

Work for the world you want to live in. Work to leave a positive legacy that is felt for generations. Work as one team, one Babcock and create a safe a secure world, together.

For over 130 years, we have helped to defend nations, protect communities and build a better world. To continue, we must adapt, advance and be a sustainable business with a shared goal. Change begins with our people and our shared Principles: be curious; be courageous; own and deliver; think: outcomes; collaborate, and be kind. These values not only guide the way we work but also our efforts to reach net-zero carbon. Yes, our ambitions are big, but together, we can achieve them.

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How to apply

All applications should be made online. If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages, please let us know. We’re committed to building an inclusive culture where everyone’s free to thrive. We are happy to talk about flexible working - please ask about alternative patterns of work at the interview.

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Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 27 March 2023

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Closing date:  27 March 2023

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