Defence Engineering Degree Apprenticeship - 2019

Ministry of Defence

Closing date: 15 Jan 2019

Reference number

1604419

Salary

15.1k with annual increments

Grade

Other
Degree Engineering Apprentice

Contract type

Apprenticeship

Length of employment

3 - 5 years fixed term

Business area

Defence Equipment & Support

Type of role

Business Management and Improvement
Engineering
Project Delivery

Working pattern

Full-time

Hours

37

Number of posts

30

Location

Bristol, South West : Stoke Gifford, South West, BS34 8JH

About the job

Job description

The force behind the armed forces, DE&S is a highly specialised, arms-length body of the Ministry of Defence, operating with a budget of £178 billion over the next 10 years. From the procurement of fighter jets and aircraft carriers to the provision of food and clothes, we ensure the armed forces have the equipment and support they need to carry out their operations at home and abroad. We employ over 11,000 talented Civil Servants and military personnel (supported by contractors from the private sector) across more than 150 locations around the world.
Our Engineering function enables the delivery of our equipment and support by providing specialist expertise in domain-related disciplines such as: mechanical, electrical and power distribution; software, sensors and electronic systems; acquisition safety and environmental protection; quality assurance; ordnance munitions & explosives, as well as systems engineering and integration.

Successful applicants will undertake a comprehensive framework of practical and academic training, including a foundation degree or full degree for individuals with the greatest potential. Apprentices will also complete several work based training placements and defence specific nuclear, aerospace or weapons training at various locations within the UK. You will also complete relevant vocational qualifications in preparation for engineering posts within the MOD Current and Future Submarine, Air or Weapons Programme.

The Apprenticeship is based in Bristol, although some work and college placements may be elsewhere in the UK or occasionally overseas. Starting salary £15.1k. Rates of pay are to be determined as part of the DE&S wide review of reward and recognition for engineering trainees. On successful completion of the scheme, you will be appointed to a role as an Engineering Manager at Senior/Admin Specialist level in which you will use your knowledge and experience to support and equip the Armed Forces. Your contracted hours will be 37 hours per week although some additional study will be required in your own time to complete the academic part of the apprenticeship.

We are recruiting for up to 30 positions. Please note that this scheme is still under development and you should expect some elements of the apprenticeship to change. If you hold dual nationality there may be restrictions on the scheme that is available to you.

Qualifications

Candidates must:
•Have 5 GCSE grade A* to C or Grades 4 - 9 (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Science / Engineering subject plus two additional subjects.
•Have or be studying for ‘A’ levels (or equivalent) in Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry or other Engineering related subjects and one other subject. Typically two B's and one C grade by August 2019, OR
a National Diploma in engineering at distinction* distinction* level (minimum 112 UCAS points under the new scheme). A strong performance in GCSE STEM subjects will be expected for ND applicants.
Please note that this is a development scheme and candidates with higher level qualifications in engineering may not be eligible. All vocational and academic qualifications held or in progress must be declared.

Benefits

Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Allowances

This Post does not offer any assistance with relocation expenses

Things you need to know

Security

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

Medical

Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Selection process details

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Eligibility

Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

Grade entry qualifications

Candidates must:
•Have 5 GCSE grade A* to C or Grades 4 - 9 (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Science / Engineering subject plus two additional subjects.
•Have or be studying for ‘A’ levels (or equivalent) in Mathematics and either Physics or Chemistry or other Engineering related subjects and one other subject. Typically two B's and one C grade by August 2019, OR
a National Diploma in engineering at distinction* distinction* level (minimum 112 UCAS points under the new scheme). A strong performance in GCSE STEM subjects will be expected for ND applicants.
Please note that this is a development scheme and candidates with higher level qualifications in engineering may not be eligible. All vocational and academic qualifications held or in progress must be declared.

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

Information on the recruitment process:
DBSCIVPERS-ENGAPPRENTICE@MOD.GOV.UK

Information on DE&S Apprenticeships:
DESTECH-AMTMAILBOX@MOD.GOV.UK

Sift/interview dates and location

Stage 1 - Initial application, personal statement and CV. Complete the online application form and submit your CV including personal statement and covering letter AS ONE FILE. We will then conduct a monthly sift as applications are submitted. Your CV should be a maximum of two A4 pages including your personal statement and should include your academic history, work experience and relevant extra-curricular activities. Your covering letter should be a maximum of one A4 page and include both why you want the role, why you are suitable for the role, which scheme you are interested in and if your bias is towards mechanical or electrical.

Stage 2 - If you are successful at Stage 1, you will be contacted by our training provider at Weston College to take an on-line assessment which will include Functional Skills, numeracy and literacy. The top performers from these tests will be taken forward to stage 3.

Stage 3 - One-day Assessment Centre is planned for week commencing 18 February 2019 in Weston Super Mare. The assessment process will involve leadership, team working and problem solving challenges.
There will also be mechanical and electrical engineering and logic aptitude tests.

Stage 4 - Formal Interviews in Abbey Wood Bristol during 18 March - 12 April 2019. More details on the Interview Process will be given at stage 3.
Successful candidates will be offered a place on the apprenticeship subject to obtaining any acceptable grades and satisfactory references, security and health checks.

We take a holistic approach to our recruitment therefore if we sift you in at the initial sift (stage 1) on predicted qualifications and you pass all our assessment and interview stages but miss the typical level of qualifications, you may still be acceptable, subject to University agreement.

Further information

Defence Engineering Degree Apprenticeship Scheme:

The apprenticeship website has more information on what to expect from the development scheme and includes details on alternate upcoming recruitment campaigns. Link https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/des-engineering-management-degree-apprenticeship-schemes

Terms and Conditions:

If you believe that Civil Service Commission principles of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of Fair and Open competition have not been met you can raise a complaint by emailing:

DBS-Complaints@mod.gov.uk or alternatively by writing to DBS at the following address:
DBS Civilian Personnel
Oak Building mail point #6030
MOD Abbey Wood
Bristol
BS34 8QW


The Civil Service is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and which promote equality of opportunity. We also offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet our minimum selection criteria. We will not tolerate discrimination on any of the following: gender, marital status, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, religion, age, disability, HIV positivity, working pattern, caring responsibilities, trade union activity or political beliefs - or any other grounds.

External applicants should note that for posts in Northern Ireland, applications from the Roman Catholic community are particularly welcomed as this group is currently under-represented in our workforce.

Pension Statement:

You will be entitled to choose between a defined benefit pension scheme or a stakeholder pension with an employer contribution.

Open and Fair Competition:

The Cabinet Office’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/news/recruitment-principles/

lf your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact the recruiting department in the first instance by clicking the following link and selecting ‘Contact Us’ and ‘Yes’ to ‘Is this a Recruitment Query?’

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can contact the Civil Service Commission. http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk

Nationality Statement

Please note that these roles are open to UK nationals only.

Please Note: In addition to the Nationality requirements, you must also satisfy the following criteria to qualify for this apprenticeship.

You must be a citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) (including other countries determined within the EEA or those with bilateral agreements), or have the right of abode in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the EEA (including other countries determined within the EEA or those with bilateral agreements), for at least the previous three years on the first day of learning;

www.des.mod.uk/careers/graduate-jobs-apprenticeships/

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