My name is Andrew and I am currently working as a Structural Detail Designer within BAE Systems Naval Ships. My job involves using 3D modelling software to design the steelwork for the new Type 26 Frigates for the Royal Navy. Once we have designed the ship in this 3D environment we then derive output drawings which are supplied to production to manufacture the Warship.
The 1st year of my apprenticeship was spent at Anniesland College where I obtained an HNC in Engineering Systems as well as an SVQ level 2 which involved practical tasks such as electrical installation and mechanical fitting. In 2nd year, we were given four placements around the business where I got experience on the ship in the Liaison team - I worked in requirements and acceptance, detail design and finally I was involved in lifting and turning of panels and units of the ship including the design of lifting arrangements and calculations. In 3rd year I specialised as a Structural Detail Designer on the Type 26 Frigate programme where I initially worked in the CAT B Seats team. Across 2nd year and 3rd year I completed my HND Engineering Systems on a day release system from the business. In my final year I was moved into the Main Hull Structures team where I am now involved in designing all steelwork elements of the ship. Finally, throughout my 2nd year to 4th year I completed an SVQ level 3 through on the job experience.
The most exciting part of my role is seeing parts of the ship being manufactured that I’ve been involved in designing. Taking a section of the ship and modelling it, then creating output drawings for it and then finally seeing it being built and coming alive on the ship is very rewarding - it allows you to see all your hard work falling into place.
The type of person who will succeed on the apprenticeship scheme will be someone who determined and driven. If you are keen to do well and want to learn then you will enjoy the work you will be doing at BAE Systems.
, Engineering Technician Apprentice
I recently won Apprentice of the year in the final year of my programme. It's an amazing and rewarding feeling. I won the award in my first year and have now won it again in my final year and I believe I have come full circle with starting and completing my apprenticeship at the highest level. My future career aspirations are to firstly achieve my degree in Engineering. Last year I started an Open University degree in Engineering and I hope to one day move into an engineering team and eventually take up a management role. For my future I would love to stay within Naval Ships to be involved in future contracts for the Royal Navy and on export contracts. Knowing that I am making a difference to the future of British warship design keeps me engaged here - the future of this industry is in the hands of the people today so I want to do the best to contribute where I can.
I’d tell someone who is thinking of applying for an apprenticeship at BAE Systems to do it! BAE Systems is a great company to work for and have provided me with lots of opportunities to aid in the development of my career. The apprenticeship is a good balance of college work and on the job training which allows you to earn money as you learn. An apprenticeship at BAE Systems isn’t simply a job, it’s a career and it provides a good grounding for aspiring engineers. The type of person who will succeed on the apprenticeship scheme will be someone who determined and driven. If you are keen to do well and want to learn then you will enjoy the work you will be doing at BAE Systems. This is an exciting industry to be part of so take hold of the opportunity and make the most of it. By working hard throughout your apprenticeship will benefit you in the long run.
We offer over 25 award winning programmes across our sectors and sites in the UK, at all levels up to degree level apprenticeships. Whether you’re interested in technical, engineering, business, project management, cyber security or finance, a BAE Systems Apprenticeship will get your career off to the best possible start.
All our Apprenticeships guarantee you a good salary, recognised academic or vocational qualifications, hands-on training, and real work where you can make a valued contribution. With an average of 2,000 apprentices in our business at any time, you’ll be joining others who could become great colleagues and friends for life.