Quality Technician Apprenticeship

Job description

Looking to gain experience in quality assurance across a diverse range of naval defence projects? Join our 2-year Quality Technician Apprenticeship and you'll be a valuable part of shaping the future of defence technology.

About the programme

Our Quality Discipline is here to fully support our customers by assuring the quality of our products, services, systems and processes.

In this hands-on role, you'll work with teams based in Bristol and Plymouth to provide vital quality assurance. Rotating through placements focused on supplier, manufacturing, project and systems quality, you'll gain well-rounded expertise.

Your tasks could include:

  • Supporting senior quality practitioners to formulate the quality strategy
  • Inspecting and testing parts and products
  • Planning and conducting audits
  • Developing quality control plans
  • Managing supplier relationships
  • Analysing data to identify improvements
  • Guiding and supporting others to improve quality competency and performance
  • Developing documents to support new projects.

With guidance and support from experienced professionals, you'll play a crucial role in assuring that our naval vessels and infrastructure meet the highest quality standards.

After your 2-year apprenticeship, you'll be prepared to pursue a variety of exciting quality positions, contributing to the delivery of advanced defence equipment and services.

What you’ll need

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or higher (or equivalent).
  • 2 A Levels (Maths and Science desirable) at grade C or above or equivalent.

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 Level 4 Quality Practitioner qualification to complement your onsite training. This covers all aspects of quality assurance and control.

After successfully completing the apprenticeship, you will be eligible for recognition at Practitioner level membership of the CQI (Chartered Quality Institute).

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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