BAE Systems

Electrical Engineering Apprenticeship

About the scheme

As BAE Systems Land (UK), we are the experts on combat vehicles and munitions used by Armed Forces across the world, extending and developing their capabilities to meet current and future requirements.

During your apprenticeship, you will gain a wide knowledge of engineering and manufacturing processes and learn many transferable skills including the safe maintenance and operational requirements of Small Arms Manufacturing Facility are met.

What can you expect?

This apprenticeship is a four year programme studying to complete an NVQ Level 3 in Electrical Installation and Maintenance whilst attending college. You will also work towards completing a HNC by the end of the apprenticeship.

As an Electrical Engineering Apprentice you may be involved with:-

  • Conducting preventative maintenance tasks on both production and site support facilitates equipment
  • Finding fault with a component or device levels, determining whether the issue is hardware, software or firmware related
  • Reactive maintenance activities for both production and site support facilitates equipment
  • Use of a variety of tools and equipment to safely install electrical equipment and systems
  • Activities to support production including the interrogation of electronic or programmable devices such as Siemens PLC’s, HMI’s and drives; replacement of sensors and motors
  • Activities to support the running of the facilities department including carrying out electrical testing, i.e. fixed wiring tests, earth continuity or bonding tests, inspection of substation and distribution equipment
  • Working as an individual or as a member of a team in order to achieve results

What you'll need

To apply for an apprenticeship at Radway Green, you are required to have a minimum of five GCSE’s grade A*- C / 9-4 including Maths, English and a Science subject. Applicants will also be expected to be medically fit as deemed necessary to perform the role, be eligible to work in the UK and be able to successfully achieve security clearance. As a company committed to talent, we welcome applications from a diverse range of people from all backgrounds and with many different skills, experience and perspectives.

Your development

Throughout your apprenticeship you will be given opportunities to take part in extra-curricular activities such as the Apprentice Innovation Challenge. This is run in association with BAE Systems’ corporate partner charity who present a mechanical and electrical challenge to our apprentices throughout the UK. There is also the Company Ambassadors scheme in which individuals get the opportunity to go into schools and pass on the experience and knowledge which they have gained whilst working at BAE Systems.

In the second year of the apprenticeship you will be given the opportunity to take part in the Outward Bound programme.  This consists of a week in the Lake District along with other apprentices from different parts of the business where you will learn the importance of team building and trust.

Personal Development is actively encouraged by the Company and individuals will be given the opportunity to attend courses and develop skills in their trade. In some cases those showing outstanding commitment and promise can be supported through management qualifications and, dependent upon business requirements, through to degree level and beyond once your apprenticeship is completed.


  • Competitive starting salary rising throughout the scheme.
  • Pension scheme
  • Car lease and share schemes
  • 25 days holiday per year
  • Opportunity for further studies

Application process

The selection process is made up of five stages:

  • Online application form
  • Aptitude testing
  • Application review
  • Competency interview
  • Medical & Security checks

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