Join a modern Apprenticeship with a unique heritage

At Appledore, world class ships have been built for centuries; this is your opportunity to join a proud industry and gain valuable skills in a 21st Century marine engineering environment with an award winning Apprenticeship programme.

Job Description

Babcock is looking for exceptional apprentices to train in various trades at Appledore Shipyard in North Devon.

The apprenticeship scheme typically takes 4 years to complete. During this time you'll earn a competitive apprentice wage and hands-on technical experience in the work place. As part of the structured training programme you will complete a City & Guilds Technical Certificate and a National Vocational Qualification, whilst being provided with continual support.

You’ll join our established apprenticeship scheme and get to know our year 2, 3 and 4 apprentices. The apprenticeship scheme is in partnership with Petroc in Barnstaple.

This position is employed as an Apprentice with a starting salary of £8,295 per annum, leading to full skilled rate in excess of £22k within 4 years.

Qualifications & Requirements

We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate clear potential to continuously grow and develop their skills, and who can match this with the drive and dedication needed to become a success in the beginning stages of their career. We want to meet with people who can demonstrate a strong aptitude for and interest in technical-based subject matter. Other specific areas of competency we require you to demonstrate are as follows:

  • Robust work ethic and willingness to take responsibility for personal, academic and vocational development.
  • Safety conscious and show high levels of reliability, punctuality and dependability.
  • Ability to work effectively as a part of a team and build strong relationships with co-workers.

To apply you must have gained a minimum of GCSE Grade C in Science, English & Maths.

Traineeship Programme

As an alternative route into our Apprenticeship scheme you may be interested in our Traineeship Programme. Traineeships are a pre-Apprenticeship scheme with a duration of 8 weeks that allows eligible 16-23 year olds to experience the working environment of the shipyard as well as attend a course of study to better prepare them for a Babcock Appledore Apprenticeship.


Successful candidates will need to satisfy Ministry of Defence security requirements and may be required to complete a medical assessment.

The role will be in an environment regulated by Trade Control legislation and involve working with controlled goods, technology and/or services. This may require you to meet enhanced security and regular screening checks.

Description of Location

Babcock Appledore is located in the rural riverside village of Appledore, close to the market town of Bideford on the North Devon Coast.

Application Information

All applications should be made online.

Please note that all correspondence will be sent via e-mail so please check your email account and spam/junk folder regularly.

If you change your email or telephone number you have given at any point please notify us. If we cannot contact you, we will have to withdraw your application.