An MOD apprenticeship offers structured training and a wide range of specialist opportunities.
If you are thinking about taking up a technical apprenticeship, have you ever thought of joining the Ministry of Defence?
If you have, you could end up working on a Royal Navy ship, in Defence Communications, or even with the Army Base Repair Organisation. As well as structured training and support, apprentices have the opportunity to take part in adventure training, physical recreation and the Princes Trust Volunteer Scheme, starting on an average of £9,000 a year.
That’s not to say that you have to be a school leaver to join the scheme: the MOD runs both youth and adult apprenticeships. Successful candidates can take up craft and technician programmes, learning mechanical, aerospace, electronic and construction trade disciplines. No formal academic qualifications are necessary for entry, although some of the more highly technical establishments may require minimum qualifications. These might be GCSE grades A-C or Scottish Standard Grade passes grades one-three in maths, physics and other science based subjects.
The MOD needs craftsmen/women and technical officers to carry out its business, and the scheme was set up to address this. Training involves both "off and on the job" instruction and usually lasts between 32 and 42 months on a fixed contract.
Apprentices gain experience during their contract with the MOD through work placements specific to business needs, while simultaneously gaining those vital qualifications. Apprentices follow a specific training framework which comprises of a relevant Standard Based Training (SBT) plan, development of key or core skills, S/NVQ level two and three, and an academic qualification which can vary between a National Certificate to a Foundation Degree depending on the type of apprenticeship scheme.
In addition to this, MOD apprentices can participate in prestigious skill competitions such as the Tom Nevard Memorial Competition and the Sir Henry Royce Competition.
If you are interested in applying for a place and would like more information on the scheme, visit the Ministry of Defence apprenticeships website.