BAE Systems
BAE Systems

Mechanical 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 a range of metal working activities. You will also gain experience in using Computer Aided Design (CAD) and learn new technologies which support the design, manufacture and proofing of all Small Arms Ammunition products across the site.

What can you expect?

This apprenticeship is a four year programme with the first year spent studying full time to complete the NVQ Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) programme.  Whilst undertaking this qualification, you will learn the basic skills of using hand tools before moving on to the operation of machinery.  You will also be educated in Health and Safety requirements in the workplace.
From the second year onwards, you will be introduced to the Light Munitions business and commence 36 months of departmental placements, each placement lasting approximately 3 months. During this time you will start to learn about the structure of the organisation and will be given an insight into the design, manufacture and proofing of Small Arms Ammunition.
You will continue your academic studies through day release in years two, three and four at college and as you progress through your apprenticeship and develop your skills you will be working towards a qualification in mechanical engineering.
The final year of your apprenticeship will be tailored towards your future career within the business, taking your past experiences and allowing you to apply them to the world around you. Opportunities to work on new and innovative products will allow you to use your creative potential in your designated team through to completion of your apprenticeship.

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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