MBDA employs engineering and business apprentices on four-year programmes built around three areas of development, namely professional, personal and technical. Structured rotational work placements in a variety of departments within the company are combined with learning objectives and supported by day release at college or university, providing apprentices with a broad range of knowledge and experience. These skills are enhanced by other further education opportunities offered by MBDA, including bespoke courses in technical and personal development that are run both internally and externally. The scheme has 100% excellent success rate, with all apprentices in the last ten years going on to qualify and be offered permanent positions within the business
Professional and Technical Development
Engineering Apprentices work towards a vocational qualification NVQ level 3 and 4; and Engineering and Technician status with the IET or IMechE. They also attend further education at Wigan or Oakland's College to HNC and HND level. Post apprenticeship, employees are encouraged to further their study that may lead to qualifications at degree level and Incorporated Engineer status.
Business apprentices work towards a vocational qualification in line with their chosen career NVQ level 3 & 4 and a part time degree at the universities of Hertfordshire or Bolton as well as achieving City and Guilds Licentiateship Award
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
All apprentices 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 business professional courses
MBDA has been recognised by the National Apprenticeship Service as being one of the best companies for training apprentices in the Northwest and East of England on a number of occasions; many of our apprentices have won regional and national awards. Apprentices at MBDA have won 24 World Skills UK Gold medals in skills competitions.
Applicants for the Engineering positions need to have 5 GCSEs grade B or above and for the Business positions you need a minimum 300 UCAS points.