Software Degree Apprenticeship 2021


Software Engineering Degree Apprentice (level 6) Stevenage

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.

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 Bachelor’s degree in Digital and Technology Solutions at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield.

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 GCSE qualifications at Grade 4 or higher, to include Maths and English

In addition to:

120 UCAS points through A level qualifications, to include Maths Grade C or above


120 UCAS points through BTEC Level 3 extended Diploma in Engineering (equivalent to DDM)

All graduates, undergraduates and apprentices at MBDA are required to achieve the appropriate clearance relevant to their respective role. Some roles, may be reserved for UK nationals and certain categories of information may be restricted to UK nationals also. To gain suitable clearance individuals will need to have lived in UK for up to 5 years dependent on the level of clearance required

Rewards and Benefits

You'll no doubt have seen all the information on our website about our comprehensive and customisable benefits package. For a reminder click here .

MBDA is 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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