BAE Systems

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Job Description

As an Electrical Apprentice you will covers a range of skills for supplying power – from land based sub-stations or ship-borne generating sets to main distribution boards, fire detection systems, weapon systems and facilities maintenance. For example, there is approximately 60 miles of cabling on an Offshore Patrol Vessel. Each cable end has to be terminated, tested and set to work. The electricity generated on a modern ship could easily power a small village.

This apprenticeship is a minimum of three-years as you train to work on the installation of electrical systems and components during ships construction.

Entry Requirements

5 subjects at National 4 including English, Maths and a science or technological subject.

You will be expected to be medically fit as deemed necessary to perform the role, be eligible to work in the UK and be able to successfully achieve security clearance.


A common basic training programme is delivered in year one, mixing theory with practical work experience. Vocational training along with college programme in the second & third year means it’s a mixture of ‘on and the job” training’ and working on ships in construction our refit in the yards and attending a day release at college.

You'll join the Naval Ships business area - the team that designs, builds and delivers complex warships and combat systems.

Qualifications Achieved

Year 1: SVQ Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) at SCQF Level 5 (Qualification and Core Skills Units)
Year 2: Higher or National Certificate Units and SVQ at SCQF Level 7 Units
Year 3: Higher or National Certificate and SVQ Electrical Installation at SCQF Level 7
Modern Apprenticeship Certificate