Systems Go: MBDA Apprenticeships


With so many apprenticeships available, it can be hard to know where to start. Here, we profile the scheme at MBDA to give you an idea of what one company has to offer.

MBDA Missile Systems is a worldwide industrial leader in the missile and missile systems sector and offers around 15 apprenticeships each year, in both engineering and commercial roles. The scheme has an excellent success rate, with all apprentices in the last ten years going on to qualify and be offered permanent positions within the business.

Gemma Ritchie completed her training two years ago and is now working towards her level 4 EAL NVQ in Engineering Leadership. She found the final placement year of her apprenticeship particularly rewarding, working across three different projects with little supervision.  Gemma was responsible for interpreting drawings, creating operations and supporting the assembly process on the shop floor to resolve problems for the operators. “The placement was very challenging at times, but also very rewarding as I learnt so much using different system tools,” she explains, “With these skills and all the experience I had within the quality team, it benefited me to become a rounded engineer.”

The four-year apprenticeship is a paid position which combines on-the-job training with practical and academic qualifications, across three key areas:

Professional Development

Apprentices study a vocational qualification in line with their chosen career (to HNC & HND level; NVQ level 3 & 4; and Engineering Tech status). Post apprenticeship, employees are encouraged to further their study, leading to qualifications at degree level and Incorporated Engineer status.

Technical Development

When apprentices start work, they have to attend a number of training courses to enhance their knowledge on subjects including Health and Safety, electronics , high voltage, computer aided design and IPC.

Apprentices then take part in up to four specialist training placements each year to develop a broad level of knowledge, experience different roles in a team and build new relationships with colleagues, and understand how departments operate and interact.

Advanced Personal Development

The MBDA apprenticeship also includes training to help apprentices develop key skills to operate in a business environment.  Courses cover areas such as personality profiling, learning styles, communication skills, project management, and presentation and negotiation skills.

Online learning modules are also available, including language training, virtual communication and self-confidence development.

Watch career videos of people who work at MBDA

Bethan Sherbourne, Procurement Officer, MBDA

Jade Aspinall, Engineering Apprentice, MBDA

Matthew Savage, Engineering Apprentice, MBDA

Matthew Parkinson, Engineering Apprentice, MBDA

Tammy Imber, Material and Process Engineer, MBDA

Further information

If you’re a team player with a positive attitude and strong academic track record then an MBDA apprenticeship could be for you.  Visit MBDA Careers to find out more.

The National Apprenticeship Service has more information on apprenticeships.

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