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Steelworker Advanced Apprenticeship - Submarines

BAE Systems
Closing date
11 Dec 2021

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Contract Type
Full Time
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The role of a Steelworker includes working from planned drawings to erect product framework. You will be involved in marking out, cutting and shaping components used in the framework of a BAE Systems product. This involves fabricating various sections as well as smaller steel components.
What does the Apprenticeship involve?
As a Steelworker Apprentice you will be trained to use various types of tools and machinery used in the forming of steel plate. These will range from hand tools such as: scribes, dividers, hammer etc., to large presses and state of the art Computer aided burning machines. Other skills you will be taught in the steelwork environment will include, burning, welding and slinging.
During your apprenticeship you will spend the first year full time at college. Here you'll learn the basic skills of using hand tools and machinery together with the Health and Safety requirements in the workplace. You'll also begin your Level 3 Academic studies.
In the second year you will transition to the company's site and be based solely at our SASK facility for approximately 9 months. You will further develop your new skills and be put through a series of phase tests to gain competency of steelwork and the quality required.
You will then be placed on a team in one of our fabrication/ manufacturing areas to begin your exit role job training alongside our fully qualified tradespersons. Throughout your 2nd and 3rd years on site you will be attending Furness college on a day release basis to work towards your Level 3 engineering technician standard.
As a Steelworker you will be required to read and understand design drawings. Good hand-eye coordination, and manual/ physical dexterity are also important.
You will also be required to adhere to the safe and appropriate use of tools and safety equipment.
Qualification requirements
Five GCSEs A*-C/ 4-9 including maths, English, science/technical subject.
Overview of business unit
Our Submarines business has been safely delivering world class submarines to the UK Royal Navy for more than a century.
The Astute class will equip the Royal Navy with its largest and most capable generation of attack submarines. We are responsible for the design, build, test and commissioning of these state-of-the-art vessels. In total, seven boats will make up the fleet, each weighing a mighty 7,400 tonnes.
Dreadnought is the successor to the Vanguard class of nuclear deterrent submarines. We will deliver four submarines to the Royal Navy, with the first submarine entering service in the early 2030s. Dreadnought is widely considered to be one of the world's most complex engineering challenges.
We have sites in Barrow-in-Furness, Filton, Frimley, Ash Vale, Broad Oak and Weymouth, and we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around. Join us and you'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of.
Security / export control
Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.
Working with us
At BAE we want to be the leading employer in defence and security for valuing diversity and inclusion. We care about difference in all forms and want to create an inclusive environment where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential.
We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and particularly from sections of the community who are currently under-represented within our industry, including women, people from ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ individuals. We also want to be a preferred home for veterans and reservists.
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