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MBDA Apprenticeships

Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Engineering & manufacturing
Number of employees

Life at MBDA for apprenticeships

MBDA is a global leader in the design and manufacture of missiles and missile systems; competing at the forefront of the defence industry. Voted as one of the Sunday Times Top 30 Big Companies to Work For, we are a multi-national organisation with 10,000 employees across Europe and the United States.

As a prime complex weapon contractor to the UK MOD and Europe's leading guided weapons company, MBDA has some of the most sophisticated technology in defence and some of the most innovative minds in engineering.

What makes us different?

We offer you an opportunity to experience different aspects of the business and really gain an insight into the kind of career you could have at MBDA. You will follow a professional development programme consisting of four, six month placements - three within your internal specialist area and one external, either in another area of the company or with one of our partners or customers.

With more than 93% of our current graduates saying they'd recommend the programme to a friend, we believe our success is based on the dedication to our people and offering them an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding career. The work is innovative, interesting and complex, perfect for talented and motivated professionals across the full and commercial spectrum.

In the UK, MBDA has received ten Queen's Award's for Enterprise and holds accreditation from Investors in People. Redefining the established standards in the industry, our people contribute to a great work environment with a strong belief in professional development, an innovative culture and a good work life balance.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for people who:

  • Have an adaptable approach, capable of focusing on multiple needs of the business
  • Are team players, capable of working with others from various disciplines
  • Have an ability to use their enthusiasm to engage and influence others in order to produce work of good quality within strict deadlines
  • Are proactive self-starters with the drive to learn and develop their skill
Rewards and Benefits
  • Flexi-time scheme
  • Comprehensive Pension Scheme
  • Sport and Social activities
  • Fantastic site facilities
  • Bonus scheme
  • Investment in training and development
  • Private healthcare scheme
Essential Information

Work Offered

Business and Technical roles ranging from:

  • Human factors
  • Design Integration Systems and Validation
  • Synthetic Environments
  • War Head Manufacturing
  • Mechanical/Electrical Engineering
  • Seekers, Simulation and Modelling
  • Finance, Supply Chain
  • Project Management
  • Procurement

Subject of study

We will consider a huge range of Engineering degrees;  Aeronautical, Aerospace, Aerosystems, Electrical, Mechanical, Computer Science, Software, Mathematics, Physics or similar as well as Business Studies/Management, Supply Chain for a Business roles(minimum 2:2 required)


Stevenage, Bristol and Bolton

Training and Development

Full training provided

How to apply

Via our careers website:

Our company

Prior to joining you will be allocated a 'buddy' who will provide you with informal advice and guidance.

On commencing employment you will attend a comprehensive 3-day induction event that explains the full scope of what we do, and allows you the opportunity to interact with your fellow new-starters.

Throughout the duration of your programme you will be offered a trained Mentor will offer support and provide information about MBDA, helping you build your skills and plan your career development for the future.

Together with significant on-the-job training you will also undertake a range of personal development activities promoting teamwork, communication, presentation and leadership skills.

In order to develop their presentation and mentoring skills, all graduates will be encouraged to participate in promoting science and engineering in schools and universities. This will also be beneficial for chartership logbooks if graduates are working towards a professional qualification.

All graduates have access to Knowledge Points. These are dedicated learning environments where employees can access approximately 3,000 online training courses. The facilities provide a virtual platform and offer training on a variety of topics, such as languages, business and professional development.

MBDA has three Knowledge Point facilities on site - one in Stevenage, one in Bristol and one in Lostock. Access to the Knowledge Points is booked through Facilities and graduate trainees are encouraged to make use of them to support their development.

  • Pension scheme - we offer a defined contribution scheme which includes a death benefit lump sum cover of six times your basic salary and ill health and retirement benefits.
  • Share incentive plan - the MBDA UK share incentive plan (SIP) reinforces our commitment to long-term share ownership amongst our employees.
  • Programme assisted self study (pass scheme) - Employees can receive up to ¬£150 towards the cost of approved courses each year. things like language and first aid courses, online or evening classes.
  • Sporting facilities and associations - We offer on-site sports facilities along with option to save money on the cost of annual membership at a wide variety of private gyms nationwide.
  • Payroll giving - Employees have the opportunity to donate to up to 5 nominated charities of their choice on a monthly basis.
  • Discount scheme - Employees have access to discounts and rewards on a wide range of retailers, restaurants and entertainment options.
  • Annual leave - Employees receive 25 days of paid annual leave per calendar year, in addition to all statutory and public holidays. This increases to 26 days after 10 years of service and 27 days after 30 years.
  • Enhanced Maternity Pay - Eligible employees are entitled to Company Maternity Pay for the first 18 weeks, paid at 100% of their average earnings, and a further 21 weeks at the standard rate of Statutory Maternity Pay (39 weeks total).
  • Salaries and Bonus payments - We offer competitive salaries and bonus schemes in relation to employee and overall business performance. Employees up to and including Level 4 are also eligible for the payment of overtime and travel time.
  • Flexible Working and Flexi-time - Our employees can choose when they work around the core hours with our flexi-time scheme, creating a great work-life balance. They are also able to accrue up to 15 days of flexi-leave per annum in addition to the 25 days + Bank Holidays of annual leave provided.
  • Team Spirit - Harnessing our diversity and collective purpose to deliver competitive advantage to all of our stakeholders.
  • Passion - Applying all our energy and focus to every task, recognising our role in providing mission-critical capabilities.
  • Integrity - A reliable and trusted partner with the highest professional and ethical standards.
  • Innovation - Ensuring operational and strategic advantage.
  • Commitment - Always delivering on our promises.
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