How Apprenticeships Work

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Our apprenticeships take place at locations right across the UK and lead you to nationally-recognised qualifications.

Whatever your trade or location, you’ll get a similar experience when you join Babcock as an apprentice.

Your training will normally be delivered in partnership with local training providers and will meet National Occupational Standards under the Modern Apprenticeship Framework. This has three key parts:

Core/Key Skills

  • You’ll need to be able to use IT equipment, communicate and use numbers. (You may not need this training if you already have similar qualifications.)


  • It’s vital you have a good understanding of your chosen apprenticeship theory, so you’ll be given academic instruction relevant to your trade. Working towards a National Certificate, you’ll be taught either full-time or on day release.

Vocational Learning

  • Our apprenticeships give you the practical skills you need to reach S/NVQ Level 3. This includes personal and team development activities designed to give you confidence along with team and leadership skills.

Your apprenticeship with Babcock is an introduction to the world of work and gives you the chance to benefit from a world-class programme.

We’ll guide your learning and follow your progression throughout your apprenticeship. You may even be offered the opportunity of a sponsored HNC, foundation degree or a full degree if you show the abilities needed to succeed.

It’s a path followed by several of our senior managers and directors, who began as Babcock apprentices.

Social and community life

We have a wide network of apprentices and graduates who join Babcock each year and there is always a social event for you to get involved with. There are also a number of sports and social clubs including cricket, football, running and photography.


As part of our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion (D&I), Babcock is delighted to sponsor a number of employee networks within the business. These networks support their members in many ways, including connecting people across the business and empowering them to achieve their potential.


An apprenticeship is a work-based training scheme which allows you to earn whilst you learn. It combines elements of education, training and employment to equip you with the skills for a career.

Anyone! Apprenticeships are open to people of all ages who have the required qualifications, from school leavers onwards.

Apprentices receive the same treatment as other employees in terms of pension schemes and paid holidays, however, you will also receive dedicated training to help you develop your personal and team working skills.

The specific qualification you receive depends on your chosen apprenticeship.

The length of our schemes vary depending on which one you join:

› Business and Administration Apprenticeship – 2 years
› Higher Level Business Apprenticeship – 3 years
› Engineering Apprenticeship – 4 years
› Higher Level Engineering Apprenticeship – 4 years

Each scheme consists of a number of placements of varying lengths and a “Responsible Position” within the business in the second half of the scheme.

Yes, all of our employees are likely to be subject to routine employment, security and medical checks; these are completed prior to your start date.

Yes, there are no restrictions on the number of times you can apply for any of our schemes.

There will be opportunities to undertake placements at multiple sites across the country.