Electronic Engineering Technician Apprentice - Advanced (Level 3)

Dstl (Employer)

Wiltshire College (Training Provider)

Annual wage £16,993.00
37.0 hours per week Monday to Friday, times TBC.
48 months (duration)
1 September 2021(start date)
8 positions available
25 February 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

This Apprenticeship is a tremendous opportunity. You could develop a practical and academic understanding of the underlying technical abilities required to enable you to access further opportunities, such as higher-level apprenticeships, to develop your career path.


Job Dimensions.

The training programme has been developed to enable apprentices to acquire the underpinning knowledge and skills required for a range of roles.

It will include:

  • A basic understanding of mechanical manufacturing and CAD design
  • Electronics fault finding, testing equipment, and calibration of equipment

The programme is detailed below:

  • Year 1 - College Full time
  • Year 2 - Placements plus day release
  • Year 3 & 4 - Full-time placements

Dstl actively encourages professional memberships and will fund Student membership of the IET/ iMechE.



Communicating & Influencing:

  • Interact with others in an enthusiastic way. Express ideas clearly and with respect for others and act fairly
  • Listen to and value different ideas, views and ways of working
  • Respond constructively and objectively to comments and questions. Handle challenging conversations with confidence and sensitivity
  • Understand the impact you have on others

Working Together:

  • Proactively contribute to the work of the whole team and remain open to taking on new and different roles
  • Get to know your colleagues and build supportive relationships, both internally and externally, from a range of diverse backgrounds, sharing information and resources
  • Understand that bullying, harassment and discrimination are unacceptable

Developing self and others:

  • Identify gaps in your skills and knowledge and make plans of how to develop these.
  • Take time to achieve development objectives
  • Listen to and act on feedback from colleagues to find areas you can develop
  • Share knowledge and skills learnt with colleagues to contribute to the learning and development of the whole team

Managing a quality service:

  • Plan, organise and manage your own time to be able to deliver a high-quality service

 Delivering at Pace:

  • Remaining focused on NVQ and placement work, maintaining consistent performance, taking responsibility for driving own development, while listening to and acting positively on feedback
  • Taking responsibility for own work and behaviours

See the Big Picture:

  • Understand how your work and the work of your team supports wider objectives within Dstl
  • Take a keen interest in expanding knowledge in areas related to your work

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Successful completion of objectives set by the apprentice Team Leader through the Dstl Performance Management process
  • Successful completion of objectives set by the training provider through the College Review Process
  • To successfully pass Units/exams to achieve Gateway in year one and the final year
  • To successfully demonstrate and uphold Apprenticeship behavioural standards to achieve Gateway in year one and the final year
  • Successful completion of the apprenticeship by passing the End Point Assessment


  • Willingness to undertake a colour definition assessment, which does not preclude an offer of a placement on the apprenticeship
  • Knowledge of, experience of or exposure to engineering and technology

Future Prospects

May lead to permanent employment for the right candidates on completion of the apprenticeship.

Dstl actively encourages employees to continue their professional development. Previous apprentices have gone on to degree level apprenticeships in Ordnance Munitions and Explosives, Embedded Electronics and Cyber Systems.

Reality Check


The first year is based with our training partner, Wiltshire College Chippenham and at our Dstl sites thereafter. The training program will also involve travel to other Dstl sites for placements; Dstl Porton Down, Salisbury; Dstl Portsdown West, Fareham; Dstl Fort Halstead Kent & Dstl’s facilities at Farnborough.

Must be able to get to and from the place of work in a safe and timely manner.

Previous apprentices have taken up the option of renting accommodation at Wiltshire College’s Lackham Campus which is a short drive from the Chippenham College.

Skills Required

  • Has some knowledge and understanding of electronic engineering/technology
  • Has a desire and the ability to learn new concepts
  • Has an interest in problem solving and understanding how things work
  • A basic understanding of mechanical engineering

Qualities Required

  • Demonstrate the behaviours required by Dstl, Wiltshire College and the Apprenticeship standard to ensure you work and learn in the appropriate manner and in line with Dstl’s Values
  • Take ownership of your development through Independent Learning to realise your full potential
  • Demonstrate full commitment and engagement throughout the apprenticeship to Dstl and the training provider
  • Work with Dstl colleagues to complete tasks and work to the quality and timescales agreed with Dstl and the Training Provider
  • Participate fully in the learning opportunities available from Dstl and other organisations
  • Has enthusiasm and a passion for technology
  • Wants to make a difference
  • A passion for electronic engineering/ technology
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Natural problem solver who enjoys challenge
  • Innovator
  • Flexible, open to change.
  • Desire to learn
  • Team Player
  • Desire to know how things work

Qualifications Required

Must hold at least 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4/C or above, which must include math, English and at least one science.

All applicants will be required to take initial assessments in maths & English.

Training Provided

Science industry maintenance technician Level 3

The programme is detailed below:

  • Year 1 - College Full time
  • Year 2 - Placements plus day release
  • Year 3 & 4 - Full time placements

There is a full range of Mandatory training covering such topics as Health & Safety & Diversity & Inclusion etc. This is a bespoke apprenticeship with additional training modules provided in response to perceived business needs. Recently the additional taught modules have included: Radio Frequency Fundamentals, Micro controllers and Python coding.

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