Job Details Engineering Degree Apprenticeship 2022 DB200

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00 Job Description

MBDA Engineering Degree Apprentice Programme Bolton 2022

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.

Manufacturing Engineering is part of the Operations directorate based at our Manufacturing Centre of Excellence. Manufacturing consists of Assembly, Integration and Test of all our products for the company. The products we make are delivered directly to the customer/end user and therefore manufacturing are vitally important to the delivery aspects of MBDAs business.

On the Engineering Degree Apprenticeship, you will learn all about our state of the art manufacturing facility and laboratories, this is a fantastic opportunity for you to join an apprenticeship scheme that has developed winners of some of the most prestigious apprenticeship awards in the UK. The duration of the apprenticeship will be focused on Manufacturing Engineering with placements and your final role reflecting this.

Whilst working, you'll study 1 day a week for a Product Design Mech BSC (Hons) at Bolton University, which will be funded by MBDA. You'll do rotational placements for the remainder of the week. This way of studying allows you to earn an academic and nationally recognised qualification, as well as gain a learning experience within a professional and friendly workplace.

Study on this apprenticeship will be a blend of virtual and face to face.

What’s the opportunity?

Manufacturing engineers work closely with design to influence the producability of designs. They are also responsible for the ‘how’ we build our products including being responsible for:

Any tooling required to build our products.

Instructions on how to build our products.

The cost of manufacture of our products.

The industrial validations of our production lines and our suppliers.

Day-to-day support of our operators building our products.

The architecture of the production lines.

Developing new manufacturing processes.

Every single day for a manufacturing engineer is different, it is a mix of time spent on the shop floor and office based working. There are also opportunities to travel to other MBDA sites and countries, plus visiting suppliers. As part of dynamic working there may be opportunities to do some work remotely, however due to the nature of the job, there will always be a requirement to work on site some of the time.

In Manufacturing, you are not only able to see, but also be part of, the realisation of our products.

Programme Structure Years 1-4:

When you start at the company, the first 3 months will be spent in the training room working towards your IPC practical qualifications.

You will then spend the next 3 years working in placements 4 days a week (the other is university day release). Your placements will be in different manufacturing engineering teams including:

Circuit Card Assembly

Seekers and Datalinks

Inert Missile

Actuators and Control Equipment

Platform Equipment and Cables

In your final year you will do a 12-month-long placement in the area you will ‘graduate’ from the scheme into, as a Manufacturing Engineer.

There are opportunities to do placements at other MBDA sites (although not guaranteed)

During your programme, you'll be completing assignments for both your placement and university as well as sitting exams as you go through - making handling your diary the key requirement for balancing your work load.

You will also get fantastic opportunities to bring your technical knowledge to schools and colleges as a STEM ambassador.

You'll get 5 days paid study days to prepare for exams for each year of your scheme

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

To include: Maths & English Language & a Science / Technology subject Grade 9 – 4 Achieved

In addition to:

120 UCAS Points, achieved through either:

Alevels: 3 x B's (or ABC) including Maths AND Physics or a Technology or Engineering subject

OR

A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering, minimum DDM, including a Distinction in Further Maths module.

Why consider 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.

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

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00 Application Process

1. Submit an application

Our application form contains a few factual questions, some questions relating to the role you have applied for and a section for you to tell us all about you! 

2. Online assessment

Some of our Graduate, Summer placement and 10 month placement roles will require you to take a Diagrammatical, verbal and numerical reasoning test. Apprentice applicants will take a Strengths based assessment.  

3. Internal review

Hiring Managers assess your application and assessment results and shortlist for our assessment centres. 

4. Assessment centre

Our Strength based assessment centre is a virtual experience! You’ll get to work on a range of tasks, meet current programme members and people from the department you have applied for. All candidates receive feedback on their performance.  

5. Offer

We’ll call you shortly after your assessment day to talk through your feedback and the finer details of your offer, as well as next steps.

00 Benefits & Rewards

Annual Bonus

Annual Bonus

Our success is dependent on every individual’s contribution to MBDA UK. We want to encourage you to fulfil your potential and share in that success. As such, we have in place a bonus scheme based on different criteria and dependant on grade.

25 Days Annual Leave (plus holiday purchase)

25 Days Annual Leave (plus holiday purchase)

Employees receive 25 days of paid annual leave per calendar year, in addition to all statutory and public holidays. This increases to 26 days after 10 years of service and 27 days after 30 years. You can enjoy more time off by purchasing up to an additional five days holiday through payroll.

Dynamic / Flexible Working

Dynamic / Flexible Working

The way we work is changing and your schedule will reflect that. For non-executive employees, we have a flexi-time scheme that allows you to choose, within certain parameters, when you start and finish each day and how you can use time you have accrued. If you have worked the time, you are also able to accrue and take up to 15 days of Flexi-leave per annum, in addition to the 25 days of annual leave provided and bank holidays.

Enhanced Parental Leave

Enhanced Parental Leave

Eligible employees taking maternity, adoption or shared parental leave can take up to 52 weeks of leave. This includes up to 18 weeks of enhanced pay, paid at 100% of their average earnings.

Dining and Lifestyle Discounts and Vouchers

Dining and Lifestyle Discounts and Vouchers

We offer a choice of two dining and lifestyle cards so you can save money at restaurants, cinema, days out and more as a member. You will have access to hundreds of discounts and rewards on a wide range of retailers, restaurants and entertainment options.

Subsidised Gym Membership

Subsidised Gym Membership

Keep fit for less with our on-site gym located at Stevenage, without breaking the bank. The monthly cost includes access to Stevenage’s Sports & Social club where you can enjoy money off sporting activities, shopping, theatre trips and more. We also offer discounted rates at over 3,500 gyms nationwide.

Pension Scheme

Pension Scheme

A valuable part of your reward package is the option to become a member of the BAE System Pension Scheme. Whether you plan to retire in five or 45 years you need to think about where your future income will come from when you do. The pension schemes do not just provide for your future, you will also have protection in case you have to stop or cease work early because of ill health; and valuable benefits for your beneficiaries if you should pass away.

Share Incentive Plan

Share Incentive Plan

The Share Incentive Plan (SIP) is available for you to join and reinforces our commitment to long-term share ownership amongst our employees.

Financial Advice

Financial Advice

You can take advantage of a range of free seminars held throughout the year to help you make good financial decisions for now and the future.

Extracurricular Learning Budget

Extracurricular Learning Budget

You can receive up to £150 towards the cost of approved courses each year including group language lessons.

Health and Dental Insurance

Health and Dental Insurance

Cover you and your family with the option to select our six levels of dental cover. You can choose to visit NHS or private dentists and the cost is deducted through payroll. 

We've teamed up with AXA PPP to offer a selection of private healthcare plans, deductible from your net pay, for you and your family. 

Employee Assistance Programme

Employee Assistance Programme

Receive free, confidential advice on a range of financial, personal and workplace issues, available 24/7.

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Training and Development

You’ll be able to choose between a variety of online learning platforms such as Percipio, YouLearn, Career Builder and Video Gateway. Each one is tailored to a specific type of learning. Speak to your line manager to find out more. 

We encourage new learning and will provide up to £150 in financial support per year if you wish to participate in further study in your own time. You’ll have access to our Learning Gateway, which hosts the formal course catalogue and is where you can select the right training for your role and future development. The catalogue displays which courses are being delivered virtually or are classroom based. If you want to lead a team, you might be interested in our management training, designed for people of all experience levels. 

Dynamic Working

The way we work is changing and your schedule will reflect that. For non-executive employees, we have a flexi-time scheme that allows you to choose, within certain parameters, when you start and finish each day and how you can use time you have accrued. If you have worked the time, you are also able to accrue and take up to 15 days of Flexi-leave per annum, in addition to the 25 days of annual leave provided and bank holidays.

Security Clearance

All graduates at MBDA are required to hold UK Security or BPSS Clearance. To gain this clearance you are required to hold a UK passport and to have resided in the UK for the previous 5 years. If your application to MBDA is successful, we'll need to check your eligibility, which means seeing your birth certificate and/or passport. Security vetting will also be undertaken.

All employees/Apprentices at MBDA are required to hold UK Security or BPSS Clearance. To gain this clearance you are required to meet the government standard for eligibility. If your application to MBDA is successful, we'll need to check your eligibility, which means seeing your birth certificate and/or passport and educational certificates. Security vetting and medical clearance will also be undertaken. 

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