Engineering Design & Manufacture Graduate Apprenticeship

Job description

Ready to gain a degree while launching your engineering career? Our 4-year Graduate Apprenticeship at Rosyth Dockyard offers the best of both worlds.

About the programme

This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a great company on exciting defence programmes and cutting-edge technology. You'll learn from experienced teams in a huge variety of work fronts.

During your apprenticeship, you'll specialise in Power Engineering or Control & Instrumentation. This means developing your skills and gaining hands-on experience including:

  • Detailed design work
  • Planning, scheduling and project management
  • Equipment testing and troubleshooting
  • Continuous improvement initiatives
  • Developing systems integration skills

You'll work on real-world shipbuilding projects like the Type 31 frigate and Queen Elizabeth Class carrier maintenance, gaining insights from real-world design and construction contracts.

By the end of your apprenticeship, you'll have the skills, knowledge and degree to take on a Commissioning Engineer role.

What you’ll need

  • Highers at grades BBBC including Maths at B or above.
  • We accept Foundation Apprenticeships combined with Highers, counting as one Higher at B grade.
  • Modern Apprenticeships with Engineering Maths 1 and 2 may be considered.
  • Applicants with prior experience and professional qualifications may be eligible through Recognition of Prior Learning.

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 or have held may impact which roles you are eligible for. Further details are available at United Kingdom Security Vetting: clearance levels – GOV.UK ( For our early careers roles, you must be able to achieve BPSS and many of them require you to be eligible for Security Clearance.

What you’ll get

We will provide you with a supportive and engaging environment where you can grow your career.

In addition, you’ll benefit from:

  • Fully funded qualification
  • Personal development training and opportunities
  • Minimum 28 days holiday allowance including bank holidays
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Employee share scheme
  • Flexible benefits including cycle to work scheme and employee shopping savings portal

You’ll also have the chance to get involved in our STEM outreach activities and volunteering opportunities, which our apprentices find incredibly rewarding.

Your career development

It’s hard to beat the variety of fantastic opportunities and business experiences you’ll receive. You can expect real world encounters and exposure to exciting projects that will really help you navigate where you want to take your career.

Plus, when you join us, you’ll be automatically enrolled onto our Apprentice Development Programme. Through a series of digital and face to face sessions, presented by wellbeing and performance experts and our external partners, we will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to thrive and perform at your very best on your programme and beyond.


At Glasgow Caledonian University, you'll study for a BEng (Hons) in Engineering Design & Manufacture. This covers topics like design, manufacturing, mechanics, thermofluids, and control systems.

Additional job details


We offer a competitive apprentice starting salary and benefits, this varies between £12,000 to £22,000 per annum, dependant on the apprenticeship level, discipline and location. You can find the specific salary on the individual job posting.

Contract, dates and working times
Fixed term


How to apply

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 15 March 2024

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Closing date:  15 March 2024

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