Mechanical Design Apprentice

  • Employer Babcock International Group
  • Job type Higher Apprenticeships
  • Salary £19,493
  • Deadline Ongoing
  • Entry requirements A-levels (or equivalent)
  • Locations Warrington
  • Qualifications gained Professional Qualification
  • Date published 15/12/2023

Ready to kick-start a career in mechanical design? Our 3-year Mechanical Design Apprenticeship offers a unique blend of hands-on experience and academic learning, setting you on the path to a rewarding career in the nuclear sector.

About the programme 

As a Mechanical Design Apprentice, you'll be immersed in a variety of tasks ranging from assisting with scoping calculations to crafting intricate models and detailed drawings. You'll also play a pivotal role in producing design-based documentation and technical reports, ensuring our projects meet the highest standards.

Your day-to-day activities will include:

  • Assisting in the production of scoping calculations and supporting analysis.
  • Crafting models and drawings using state-of-the-art software.
  • Engaging in site surveying and producing design-based documentation.
  • Collaborating with teams to ensure hazard elimination, risk reduction, and adherence to quality systems.

You’ll also spend time undertaking placements across a range of business areas, gaining a holistic view of our operations. 

By the end of your apprenticeship, you'll have gained valuable experience, honed your skills and be ready to take on even greater challenges in the world of mechanical design.

With the foundation you've built, you'll be an invaluable asset to our team and the broader industry.

Your education/training 

You’ll receive practical and theoretical training, combined with company-specific training given in the workplace.     

At Wigan & Leigh College, you'll work towards the Level 5 Nuclear Technician (Mech) Apprenticeship standard. This blend of classroom learning and on-the-job training will make sure you're well-prepared for a career as a Mechanical Designer. 

What you’ll need  

  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and Science.
  • Mathematics at grade 5 (B) or above.
  • 3 A Levels in related subjects or an equivalent Level 3 qualification, e.g. BTEC.
  • Experience in design technology or CAD is desirable.   
  • A genuine interest in CAD design and a positive attitude.   
  • Many of our early careers roles are subject to Security Clearance and Trade Control restrictions which mean that your place of birth, nationality, citizenship, or residency you hold or have held may impact which roles you are eligible for. Further details are available at United Kingdom Security Vetting: clearance levels – GOV.UK ( For our early careers roles, you must be able to achieve BPSS and many of them require you to be eligible for Security Clearance.

What you’ll get

We will provide you with a supportive and engaging environment where you can grow your career.

In addition, you’ll benefit from:

●    Fully funded qualification
●    Personal development training and opportunities
●    Minimum 28 days holiday allowance including bank holidays
●    Competitive pension scheme 
●    Employee share scheme
●    Flexible benefits including cycle to work scheme and employee shopping savings portal

You’ll also have the chance to get involved in our STEM outreach activities and volunteering opportunities, which our apprentices find incredibly rewarding.

Your career development

It’s hard to beat the variety of fantastic opportunities and business experiences you’ll receive. You can expect real world encounters and exposure to exciting projects that will really help you navigate where you want to take your career.

Plus, when you join us, you’ll be automatically enrolled onto our Apprentice Development Programme. Through a series of digital and face to face sessions, presented by wellbeing and performance experts and our external partners, we will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to thrive and perform at your very best on your programme and beyond.

Closing dates

Please be aware that if there is a high level of interest in this programme, applications may close earlier than advertised. To give yourself the best chance of being considered for a place on this programme, please submit your application as early as possible.

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