Take the first steps towards a truly rewarding career.

We believe that apprenticeships help to create innovative, well-qualified and employable workers.

Unrivalled opportunity

As the UK’s leading engineering support services organisation, we offer you an unrivalled range of apprentice opportunities.

You’ll be given world-class training and mentoring, earn transferable qualifications and be part of a dynamic and exciting culture.

A world of apprenticeships

The following is a selection of the apprenticeships we offer. For more information, read about what a Day in the Life of a Babcock apprentice is like and look through our apprenticeship pages.

  • Aviation engineering: After learning broad engineering principles, you’ll specialise. Avionics and electrical engineers work on fast jet electrical and avionics systems, while propulsion and airframe engineers focus on the fuselage, landing gear and Rolls Royce Adour jet engines.
  • Buildings and construction: You’ll learn a variety of different skills and trades, progressing to a minimum of a Level 2 academic qualification, with potential to reach Level 3. With support and guidance from your mentor, you’ll be trained in plumbing, basic 206 electrics, bricklaying, plastering, basic carpentry and painting.
  • Business and administration: As a Business and Administration Apprentice you will provide Administrative support, whilst at the same time undertaking training as and when required to reach the standard of a professional Secretary/Administrator within the Company, under the direction and support of the Administration Support Manager (Apprentices).
  • Electrical fitter: Learning how to use electrical engineering drawings and specifications to strip, rebuild, test and maintain a wide variety of electrical equipment, you’ll be shown how to apply these skills across Babcock. You’ll also gain relevant technical certificates.
  • Electrical technician: A broader role than an Electrical Fitter, you’ll either be designing using CAD software or commissioning ways to make a system or plant work. You might also be designing, installing, testing and repairing instrumentation and control systems, and will be aiming to gain an HNC, foundation or full degree.
  • Fabricator: You’ll be trained to manufacture metal structures and equipment from raw materials such as metal plate, tube and sectional metals. You’ll learn how to interpret engineering drawings and to manufacture products using cutting/burning, machining, metal forming and welding techniques.
  • Higher level apprenticeships: Delivering the next generation of design, test and weapons engineers is important to us. That’s why we offer real responsibility across a variety of real-life projects – to develop core engineering skills and knowledge in design and marine systems. Over four years, our areas of training include mechanical and electrical marine engineering design, naval architecture, ship, submarine and weapons system testing, fault finding and commissioning. Not only do our apprentices get all the experience they need, they get a Level 4 NVQ and a Foundation Degree.
  • Mechanical fitter: Your apprenticeship will teach you how to install, commission, maintain and repair a variety of engineering equipment. You’ll be facing new engineering challenges all the time and will need to adapt your skills to understand new materials and technology.
  • Pipefitter: As a marine pipefitter, you’ll learn how to manufacture pipes from drawings in a wide range of materials and sizes, along with welding and brazing skills. Working with a variety of materials, you’ll be creating pipes from scratch to go in complex locations.
  • Plumber: Through training on installing and maintaining domestic heating and sanitary systems, you’ll work towards achieving a Level 2 academic and practical (NVQ/SVQ) qualification. You can also progress to earning Gas Safe and Oftec Level 3 qualifications.
  • Project engineer: As a project apprentice the initial phase of your training will be at City College Plymouth where you will learn & develop core engineering hand & technical skills including working with engineering documentation & drawings. On completion of this initial phase of training you will transfer into a project environment where you will further develop your engineering knowledge & skills in a project support role.
  • Sail maker: A Sail Maker is an historic trade which utilises traditional skills in a modern environment. You may make a bespoke cover for a radar system; design and build a protective tent for a nuclear reactor system or work with specialist fabrics in an engineering environment. You will learn how to read drawings, measure, transfer dimensions to and cut a variety of materials accurately (Canvas, heavy duty plastic, leather, etc.) as well as operate industrial sewing machines and seam welders.
  • Shipwright: Your training will teach you how to manufacture structures and equipment from raw materials, including steel, aluminium, wood and other marine engineering materials. You’ll learn how to interpret engineering drawings and use cutting/burning, machining, metal forming and welding techniques, along with the skills needed to fit out of ships’ compartments.
  • Welder: Learning a variety of welding techniques, including MMA, MIG, TIG and the oxy-fuel welding process, you’ll be taught how to handle a large range of materials. It’ll help you towards gaining nationally-recognised welding qualifications.

Whatever you choose, you’ll be able to grow with Babcock.