Welder Apprenticeship - 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.’
4 years (duration)
1 September 2021(start date)
Engineering Fitter (apprenticeship standard)
2 positions available
28 February 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

During the Welding Apprenticeship you will learn how to weld plate and structural components to high standards of quality. This will involve the fabrication, construction or repair of fabricated plate, assemblies and structural components which are often used to fabricate larger components and assemblies.


Welders will weld to internationally recognised quality standards using a range of welding process, from Manual Metal Arc (MMA), Metal Inert Gas (MIG), Metal Active Gas (MAG),Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) and Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG). 

Welders will learn to weld a range of ferrous and non-ferrous materials including exotic alloys used within the defence industry. A Welder will undertake range of different engineering activities aimed at developing the knowledge, skills and behaviours which meet the apprenticeship standard, whilst gaining valuable experience working on maritime vessels which will culminate in you completing an End Point Assessment.

What Does The Apprenticeship Involve?

The Welding Apprenticeship is typically a 48 Month (4 years) scheme, the first year of which will be spent in our Skills and Development Centre where you will complete your foundation engineering course. You’ll carry out various tasks ranging from welding structures using flux core arc welding (FCAW), Manual Metal Arc (MMA), through to pipe welding using gas tungsten Inert Gas welding (TIG).

Welders will work on internal and external structures, such as bulkheads, decks and hulls as well as new assemblies in our dedicated fabrication areas. All welding is subjected to rigorous testing to ensure it meets the highest standards, so welders are expected to consistently perform to these standards in order to ensure that the finished products comply with the agreed specifications.
Welders must comply with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements and will be expected to work both individually and as part of a team. On completion of the Apprenticeship they will be able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work they 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: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

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.

Advanced Engineering Fitter (Welder) Standard.

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