Defence Munitions Beith Craft Apprentice

Ministry of Defence

Closing date: 31 Mar 2017

Reference number



14556 - 18643



Contract type


Length of employment

36 months

Business area

Defence Equipment & Support - Defence Munitions Beith

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Part-time, Job share


37 hours

Number of posts



Beith North Ayrshire

About the job

Job description

Defence Munitions Beith is looking to recruit 6 Craft Apprentices to complete a 3 year Modern Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering. The training programme will include the attainment of Core skills at intermediate level one, Performing Engineering Operations (PEO), a National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering and a level 3 SVQ in Mechanical Engineering during phases 2 and 3 of the training programme.

The first phase of the training schedule will be delivered off-site by our Apprentice Training partner East Kilbride Group Training Association (EKGTA) at their East Kilbride facility. As the training provider is within daily commute of DM Beith, all candidates will be expected to make and fund suitable travel arrangements to ensure their timely attendance between the hours of 08:00 and 16:00, whilst attending EKGTA.

The second and third phases of the training programme will be delivered on-site at DM Beith, however apprentices may require some travel to attend additional off-site development training and courses during each of the phases of training.

The aim is for successful candidates to start at DM Beith on the 21st of August 2017 and subsequently commence training at East Kilbride on the 29th of August 2017.


The entry qualifications are Maths, English and Physics or a suitable technical/science subject at or above National 5 Grade C or equivalent.


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Leading and communicating
  • Making effective decisions

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


The post does not offer any assistance with relocation expenses.


The post does not offer any assistance with relocation expenses.
The post does not offer any assistance with relocation expenses.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Suitable candidates selected from participation in the EATA will be invited to an Interview at East Kilbride Training Association to assess suitability for this vacancy, interviews will take place during April/May at East Kilbride Group Training Association and successful candidates will progress to the final interview stage at DM Beith.

Final interviews will be held at DM Beith in May, during these interviews you will be asked a selection of question to assess your knowledge and suitability for the post. This will include providing evidence that you can demonstrate the values of the Civil Service core competences referenced above. You should therefore be prepared to provide positive examples from previous employment experiences, school/college activities, hobbies, and clubs, volunteering activities or other associated interests.

Given the technical nature of the apprenticeship you will also be asked technical questions to determine whether you have the necessary technical aptitude, competence and knowledge to cope with this challenging academic and vocational training programme.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are not eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Grade entry qualifications

The entry qualifications are Maths, English and Physics or a suitable technical/science subject at or above National 5 Grade C or equivalent.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Barry Gibson on:

Telephone: 01505504581 ext 4535/4715

Sift/interview dates and location

Suitable candidates sifted for participation in the EATA and follow on interviews will be timely e-mailed with attendance details and instructions prior to each selection activity.

Selected successful candidates will then be invited to undertake an Engineering Aptitude Test and Assessment (EATA). The EATA consists of a series of timed tests covering maths, physics, engineering, numeracy and perceptual awareness and a successful assessment score is a pre-requisite for progression to final interview.

Further information

Further details
For further information regarding this vacancy please contact DM Beith Apprentice Training Manager Barry Gibson on:
Telephone: 01505504581 ext 4535

Further details on the core competences and the standards that the MOD is looking for can be found in the Single Skills Framework Values and Competences document which is available at:


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