Procurement and Supply Chain Apprenticeship

Job description

Whether designing, building, operating, managing or maintaining vital assets, one thing is certain – procurement and supply chain lies at the heart of our operations and plays a pivotal role in our business success.

Join our 2-year Procurement and Supply Chain Apprenticeship and gain the essential skills, knowledge, and experience for an exciting future career in procurement and supply chain management.

About the programme

This is a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of major shipbuilding projects, working across the entire source-to-pay lifecycle – from the identification of suppliers to the payment of products and services.

Through rotational placements, you'll gain invaluable exposure to every part of the Procurement & Supply Chain process, enhancing your skills and knowledge every step of the way.

Over your 2-year programme, you'll tackle a variety of tasks related to material and services/subcontract procurement, including:

  • Upkeep and integrity of the business Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system
  • Raising and processing purchase orders
  • Managing supplier relationships
  • Expediting and tracking material deliveries
  • Monitoring budgets and analysing costs
  • Following procurement policies and procedures.

With mentoring from experienced professionals, you'll become integral to ensuring our defence projects have the parts, equipment and services needed to succeed.

After finishing your apprenticeship, you can explore a range of exciting roles in procurement and supply chain. You'll play a vital role in driving future improvements, including sustainability, on-site enhancements, and building stronger supplier relationships.

What you’ll need

  • 5 SQA National Qualifications, including Maths, English and ICT at National Level 5, and two others at National Level 4 or 5.

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.


You'll study towards a Vocational Qualification in Supply Chain Management at SCQF Level 7, plus core skills at SCQF Level 5 and a technical certificate. This complements your on-the-job training.

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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