Degree Apprenticeship

Degree Apprentice Maritime Services Software Engineer

BSc (Honours) in Digital and Technology Solutions

As a Systems Engineering Professional you will provide technology enabled solutions to internal and/or external customers, in a range of areas including software engineering and cyber security.  You will also enable the businesses to develop new products and services, using digital technologies. 

Training to carry you through your career

Graduates describe the various training opportunities and mentoring schemes at BAE Systems. To watch the full Gradcracker/BAE Systems webinar, click here.

Where will I be based?

We are recruiting apprentices to work in the Maritime Services part of the business and welcome applications for the Broad Oak site in Portsmouth.

During this Degree Apprenticeship some of the work placements will also require you to be located at other BAE sites in the southern region such as the IOW and Portsmouth Naval Base.

What Does The Apprenticeship Involve?

During this four-year Degree Apprenticeship you will be trained to take responsibility for the development, installation, configuration, testing and maintenance of systems across the business whilst ensuring the highest level of quality and service. Alongside this, you will study for a degree that will grow your knowledge around the technologies used in your placements.

What Qualification Will You Get?

  • BSc (Honours) in Digital and Technology Solutions, with a specialism in either Cyber Security or Software Development. 
  • At the end of the apprenticeship you will obtain a nationally recognised Apprenticeship Completion Certificate. 

Overview of Business Unit

Join us and help to define the future of global maritime defence capabilities. With approximately 3,500 employees based at five UK locations and revenue of £600million, we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around and offer significant opportunities for committed employees to learn and grow with us. Our people are encouraged to be as creative as they can be and are always looking at ways to develop and challenge the way we do things, identifying and prioritising continuous improvement activities across the business.

From our headquarters in Portsmouth, we are proud to support the Royal Navy in global operations. BAE Systems Maritime Services delivers end-to-end support to over 50 per cent of the Royal Navy's surface fleet. Our services include ship upgrades, repairs, dockyard facilities management and provision of combat systems training. We also develop and support the Royal Navy’s complex equipment, such as radar, torpedoes and small boats.  

With our international programmes and core support to the Ministry of Defence, you could find yourself working on the iconic Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, Type 45 Destroyers, Type 23 Frigates, Type 26 Global Combat Ships, Hunt Class Mine Countermeasure Vessels, Offshore Patrol Vessels, historic ships and more. Our highly skilled teams design, develop, support and maintain a wide range of complex equipment.

This includes Spearfish, one of the most powerful and capable wire guided torpedoes on the market. Currently undergoing a major upgrade programme, Spearfish will soon benefit from further sophisticated advances in its homing, warheads, tactical and fuelling systems, as well an upgraded guidance link.

Then there’s Artisan, the 3D radar that can identify a target the size of a tennis ball, travelling at a speed of more than 2000 miles an hour more than 25 kilometres away!
Join us and the projects you’ll be involved in will form the backbone of the Royal Navy for decades to come. You'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of.

Working with us:

At BAE we want to be the leading employer in defence and security for valuing diversity and inclusion. We care about difference in all forms and want to create an inclusive environment where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential.
We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently under-represented within our industry, including women, people from ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to be a preferred home for veterans and reservists. 

Qualification requirements

  • 5 x GCSE A*-C or 9-4 (or equivalent) including Maths, English and double Science or equivalent qualification.
  • 240 UCAS points (old tariff) / 96 points (new tariff) at grade C (or above) inc Maths and one of the following: English, IT or a business/science/engineering-related subject inc Law and Psychology (excluding General Studies) or Extended BTEC National Diploma - DMM profile in an Engineering or computer discipline which must include L3 Maths for IT module

How Will I Be Rewarded?

We offer a starting salary of £18,500 per annum and a range of employee benefits including a company pension, cycle to work scheme, share saving scheme and potential further development opportunities post apprenticeship.

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.

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