Quality Assurance Graduate Apprenticeship

Job description

Ready to kickstart a career that truly matters? Join our 4-year Quality Assurance Graduate Apprenticeship and you’ll play a key role in ensuring submarines and surface ships are safe and ready for action at HM Naval Base Clyde.

About the programme

As the Ministry of Defence's partner at HM Naval Base Clyde, Babcock provides specialist engineering support for naval bases and nuclear facilities. In the role of Quality Assurance Engineer, you'll make sure our activities meet the highest standards - keeping the world safe and secure.

During the programme, you'll join a welcoming team responsible for planned and reactive audits and product quality investigations. You'll provide quality assurance for submarine and ship maintenance. This involves things like:

  • Carrying out audits and investigations
  • Reviewing key documents produced during maintenance periods
  • Ensuring activities align to safety, time, cost and quality targets
  • Gaining broad experience across the supply chain.

With the skills you gain, you'll be able to implement processes that assure the quality of critical defence projects. And you'll be on track for a bright future working in the marine and nuclear sectors.

What you’ll need

  • Maths, English and Science at Higher Level Grade B or above.
  • Any other subject at Higher Level Grade B or above.

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 BEng (Hons) in Engineering: Design and Manufacture at Strathclyde University. This covers all the theory to support your on-the-job learning.

The Graduate Apprenticeship Engineering: Design and Manufacture degree course is approved by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and Institution of Engineering Designers.

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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