Design Engineer Apprentice - Advanced (Level 3)

BAE Systems PLC (Employer)

National Apprenticeship Service (Training Provider)

Wage Competitive salary
37.0 hours per week Monday - Friday, hours TBC. Whilst working full-time you will be provided with off-the-job training delivered in dedicated in-house training facilities or at our partner colleges or universities.
42 months (duration)
1 September 2021(start date)
Engineering design and draughtsperson (apprenticeship standard)
4 positions available
28 February 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

During the Design Engineer (Draughtsperson) apprenticeship you will learn how to utilise a range of Autodesk design programmes such as Autocad and Inventor to produce and develop engineering drawings for electrical, mechanical and structures.


You will be expected to utilise design engineering concepts to solve engineering challenges and develop effective solutions that meet the relevant standards and codes, using both paper and design software. Within this role you will check the completed drawings for quality, technical compliance and completeness and communicate engineering design options with relevant stakeholders and colleagues.

What Does The Apprenticeship Involve?

The Design Engineer Apprenticeship has a typical duration of 42 Month (3 ½ years) the first year of which will be split between our Skills and Development Centre and our engineering operations teams.  In the first year you will complete your foundation engineering course and also learn how various mechanical and electrical systems function. During the second and third year you will undertake a number of placements within Design Services, where you will be taught how to produce detailed designs and work as part of the team. You will attend a local college on a day release basis for two years where you will study towards an HNC in either an Electrical or Mechanical discipline.

On completion of the Apprenticeship you will be able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work you undertake and will be proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas to improve business processes.

Future Prospects

A great job after completion. Around 95% of our apprentices choose to stay with us and go on to have really successful careers. You can choose to go for promotion and progression or continue learning in the role you’ve moved into.

When you successfully complete your Apprenticeship, we will help you to move into a suitable role, subject to the requirements of the business.

Reality Check

A BAE Systems Apprenticeship gives you a competitive salary while working towards a nationally recognised qualification, the support of an apprentice network, and the opportunity to work on cutting edge projects with people who are leaders in their field.

Please see the selection process below:

The process consists of five stages:

  • An online application
  • Online testing
  • Video interview
  • Application review
  • Qualification, medical and security checks

The Apprentice recruitment window opened on the 1 November 2020 and remains open until 28 February 2021.

Depending on fulfilment of the requirements, the process can take until July/August to complete and final offers are made.

Security/Export Control:

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Diversity & Inclusion:

We are an inclusive employer. Recruiting, retaining and inspiring the best people from the widest pool is vitally important to us. We encourage and welcome applications from all sections of society and are happy to discuss reasonable adjustments and/or additional arrangements you may need to support your application.

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week). For more information please visit:

Skills Required

None specified.

Qualities Required

We’re looking for enthusiastic people who are keen to learn and give an Apprenticeship opportunity their all. Diversity strengthens our business and we encourage people from all walks of life to apply, regardless of gender or ethnicity. You don’t need to know everything about your chosen area of work - we’ll train you and give you the qualifications you need to progress in a career in your chosen field.  We only ask that you demonstrate interest, passion and commitment to what you want to do.

Qualifications Required

5 GCSE’s grade A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) including maths, English and Science/Technical subject AND 96 UCAS points or equivalent (excluding AS Levels), to include 2 STEM subjects.

Training Provided

Training provider to be confirmed.

• Level 3 Draughtsperson Apprenticeship completion certificate
• Higher National Certificate in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering
• Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Defence qualification
• Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English (If not previously achieved)

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About the employer

At BAE Systems, we provide some of the worlds most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employ a skilled workforce of some 83,400 people in over 40 countries.

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