Mechanical Engineering Apprenticeship 2020

Job description

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to join an accredited Mechanical Engineering scheme that has developed some of the leading engineering apprentices in the UK. We offer a four-year programme to achieve a Level 5 HNC/HND qualification in Mechanical Engineering

At the end of the scheme you will have streamlined your apprenticeship to finish within the Mechanical Engineering (ME) Function. ME is involved in all aspects of a products life-cycle; from early development and research, through to in service support. This opportunity will give you the skills required to design, make, and test the next generation of missile system hardware.

What you will be doing
Mechanical Engineering Apprentices will study towards a HNC and HND in Mechanical Engineering at Oaklands College in Welwyn Garden City, and work within our business on rotational placements whilst earning a competitive salary and with access to all of the company benefits. This unique way of studying allows you to earn academic and nationally recognised qualifications as well as gain hands on learning experience within a professional and friendly workplace. This programme also allows you to study towards an Engineering NVQ Level 3.

The rotational placements and experiences you will gain on this scheme have been tailored to give you the skills required to become an engineer within the Mechanical Engineering Function. Placements may include:

  • Mechanical design
  • Mechanical analysis
  • Materials and processes
  • Design definition office
  • Product definition
  • Environmental engineering and facilities
  • Industry policy supply chain and procurement

As well as a variety of placements, you will have the opportunity to undertake developmental training and support:

  • An induction event that allows you the opportunity to interact with all ECP new-starters, and integrate into the business
  • Two, one-week residential courses to develop skills, such as team working, business communication, presentation and project management skills
  • Two-day career development workshop at the end of the scheme to assist you moving from an apprentice into the business
  • A breadth of experience and support is available which includes a buddy system to welcome you into MBDA, access to the mentoring scheme and regular informal meetings with other Early Careers Programme (ECP) members and managers
  • You will also get fantastic opportunities to bring your technical knowledge to schools as a STEM ambassador
  • Five days paid study days to prepare for exams per year

“As a mechanical engineering apprentice, I’m getting to know the mechanical function as a whole and seeing how everyone in the function works together in more detail. I really enjoy the work that I do on a day-to-day basis in the placements that I’ve had so far” Emma- Mechanical Engineer Apprentice

What we are looking for from you?
Candidates must have a minimum of 96 UCAS points through either:

  • BTEC in an Engineering subject
  • A-levels (at Grade C or above) that must include maths and another STEM subject such as physics or chemistry or design and technology: product design


  • A dedicated attitude and be comfortable taking the initiative
  • An ability to solve problems in a creative way
  • An awareness of and interest in different and new technologies
  • An interest in how things work

What you would get:

  • An annual increase of up to £4,000 dependant on your performance in placements and university.
  • Annual company bonus scheme
  • Continuous learning and development opportunities.
  • Flexible working hours
  • Fantastic site facilities
  • Paid overtime
  • 25 days paid holiday
  • A comprehensive pension scheme
  • Employee funded voluntary private healthcare
  • Sporting activities

Starting: September 2020.

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Please note:
MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve and maintain SC security clearance or above without restrictions that will inhibit the individual’s ability to fulfil the requirements of the role.

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Closing date:  5 January 2020

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