Current Opportunities

Applications open online every year from December to March. We strongly advise you to apply as early as possible due to their popularity. Please see Open Days to see when you can come along and find out more.

View our Higher Engineering Apprenticeships opportunities

View our Higher Business Apprenticeship opportunities

If you have any questions please contact the Resourcing Team on 01438 754500 or email

Meet Our People


From the opportunity to gain further qualifications, to the actively encouraged work/life balance, find out why our apprenticeship is industry-leading.

Technical Development

Engineering Apprentices will work towards a vocational qualification NVQ level 3 & 4 and Engineering and Technician status with the IET or IMechE. And you’ll attend further education at Wigan & Leigh College (Lostock Site) or Oaklands College (Stevenage Site) to HNC and HND level. After your apprenticeship, you’ll be encouraged to continue studying to gain further qualifications at degree level and Incorporated Engineer status.

Higher Business apprentices work towards a vocational qualification in line with their chosen career to NVQ level 4 and a part time degree at the universities of Hertfordshire or Bolton as well as achieving a City and Guilds Licentiateship Award.

PERSONAL Development

The MBDA apprenticeship also includes training to help you develop key skills to operate in a business environment – areas such as personality profiling, learning styles, communication skills, project management, and presentation and negotiation. And you’ll attend a number of training courses to enhance your knowledge on subjects including health and safety, electronics, high voltage, computer aided design and business professional courses.

Applications open online every year from December to March. We strongly advise you to apply as early as possible due to their popularity.

We’ve been recognised by the National Apprenticeship Service as being one of the best companies for training apprentices in the Northwest and East of England.

What we look for

We invest a lot of time selecting the right people to join our award winning apprenticeship scheme. We look for particular traits in each person and these include:



  • Interpersonal skills

    As communication, collaboration and team work are core behaviours required by MBDA

  • Problem solving skills

    We want people to be able to approach problems in a logical way, independently and within a team environment

  • Enthusiasm

    Is a key behaviour that MBDA want from all levels of employees and something that we believe helps build success

  • Motivations

    We want people who strive and desire an apprenticeship at MBDA

  • Academic Success

    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

Recruitment process

We will be open for Higher Engineering Apprentice and Higher Business Applications from January 2016 until March 2016. However we recommend you apply early if you are interested because we may remove roles if we have enough candidates.

Recruitment process

Step 1: Once you have submitted your online application form you’ll then be assessed against our criteria

Recruitment process

Step 2: Providing you have the relevant academic background for the role and your application has satisfied the initial review, you’ll be asked to undertake one online test to assess verbal, numerical and diagrammatic skills, and you will have one week to take the test from being sent the log in details.

Step 3: If your online ability test results reach our required benchmark, your application will be reviewed further by the department you have applied to who will select the candidates they feel are most appropriate for their roles

Recruitment process

Step 4: Assessment days will be held once the business area has selected enough suitable candidates. The day will include a presentation, group task and interview, plus the opportunity for candidates to learn more about MBDA and the department they are being recruited for

Step 5: Finally, if after this you have met all of our criteria you will receive a conditional offer of employment within a week of attending an assessment day

Tips & advice

Be accurate

Ensure that whatever you write answers the question fully

Be thorough

Include any qualifications gained or that you’re currently studying for

Be prepared

Research the company and think about relevant experiences in preparation for your competency based interview

Be prompt

Allow plenty of time to arrive at the site

Be appropriate

Dress appropriately for the day – business dress is expected

Be inquisitive

Ask questions – show an interest in the company