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Software Engineer Level 6 Higher Degree Apprentice 2023

BSc (Hons) at Weston College

About us 

MBDA is an award winning company; committed to providing an inclusive working environment where our employees can be themselves and everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. We value difference and know that a diverse community makes for greater innovation and brings a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives.

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At MBDA, we inspire team innovation to solve some of the biggest challenges. This means you'll learn from the brightest minds, who are always there to encourage and support you.

Our collaborative approach and culture of sharing knowledge will be key to your development. We trust each other to thrive; support one another to learn, and when you join us, you'll bring a different perspective to how we see the future.

The Software teams at MBDA deliver software for the next generation of weapons in an ever evolving environment - to support those on the battlefield.  

Our teams provide a range of products from high integrity software running on our weapon systems, to mission planning solutions integrated into a complex battle space arena.  We use numerous programming languages, software tools and software lifecycle methodologies to achieve this.

The Software team is part of a wider multinational function. This offers the team a unique opportunity to learn about different technologies and methods from other national teams.

We develop and support a wide range of Software products, such as:

  • Mission Planning and Control systems,
  • Command, Control and Firing Units
  • Real Time components such as Weapons and Missile Control Units.
  • Test Systems

The Opportunity

On this 4 year scheme you will work towards a Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship, BSc (Hons) at Weston College, Weston-Super-Mare. Study will take place face to face at College at either the Bristol or Weston sites, 1 day per week.

When not at University you will be working across new and existing software products building your overall product knowledge. You will be involved in all aspects of the software development lifecycle within a supportive team.  

We are a strong cohesive team, which is interactive and passionate about software technologies and development. We have an open and encouraging approach to software development and are always seeking to improve the way we work and deliver our products. This provides a great learning environment for the apprentices on our programme.  

Working closely with other teams and departments, you will work at various stages in the software development process, covering anything from embedded systems to front end software. This software will be developed on a range of platforms, including Linux and Windows, utilising languages including C, C++ and Java.

Programme Structure

In years 1-3, you will undertake 6 x 6 month placements to give you visibility to each of the departments within Software and expose you to different technologies and development methodologies.

In your final year, you will take on a yearlong placement in the department of your choosing, which will run alongside your final year project.

Our placements change over time depending on the business need and also the technical skills of our Apprentices.

As you progress towards your final year on the scheme we'll help you to understand your skills and career ambitions so we can help you to see the technical career paths that are available to you.

Entry Criteria

This role has specific qualification level and subject criteria - please make sure you carefully check your eligibility against this criteria as we cannot consider applications from anyone that does not meet the following requirements:

  • 5 x GCSES Grade 9 – 4 including Maths and English language and Science / Technology

In addition to:

  • 120 UCAS Points

Achieved through:

  • Alevels: 3 x B's (or ABC) including Maths or Computing

OR

  • BTEC Lv3 Extended Diploma minimum DDM in Computing / IT related subject

OR

  • T-Level at Merit or Distinction in a Computing subject

Salary, Benefits and Start Date

  • £18,000 salary plus £3,000 joining bonus
  • Company Bonus Scheme
  • Pension Scheme
  • Access to range of employee discounts including Dining and Lifestyle discounts subsidised gym membership and more
  • Study leave
  • Programme starts September 2023

Why choose us?

MBDA is an award winning company; committed to providing an inclusive working environment where our employees can be themselves and everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. We value difference and know that a diverse community makes for greater innovation and brings a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives.

We're here to help and want to ensure you have a positive experience throughout our recruitment process. We recognise that everyone is unique and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments.

MBDA is a proud member of Working Families – the UK's work-life balance organisation. We welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.

We understand that flexibility benefits our people, our teams and our business; wherever possible we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working.

Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve the appropriate clearance relevant to the role.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Starting: September 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: £18,000 salary plus £3,000 joining bonus + benefits
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