Nescot has teamed up with BAE Systems to offer students the chance to work on the ‘brains’ of the Royal Navy’s next generation of complex warships.
The Higher Apprenticeship in Combat Systems Engineering will see apprentices design, develop and integrate state-of-the-art naval combat systems, which help give crew members the information and capability to operate effectively.
"We are delighted to be working with BAE Systems, and we think this will be a partnership that benefits the college and BAE Systems, as well as the students," said Nescot principal Sunaina Mann OBE.
"The apprentices will finish the course with highly-valuable technical skills and experience, as well as immensely important practical skills, such as problem-solving and thinking laterally."
Six successful applicants for the four-year apprenticeship will be based in New Malden or Frimley, receiving on-the-job training with the combat systems team.
The team is currently working on exciting programmes such as the mission system for the Royal Navy’s new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, as well as systems for the new Offshore Patrol Vessels and Type 26 Global Combat Systems.
The apprentices will study at Nescot full-time in the first year, attending college one day a week in years two and three and block placements in the final year, learning cutting-edge engineering disciplines from platform and software security to understanding emerging technologies.
BAE Systems is one of the UK’s largest employers of engineers, and its existing apprenticeship schemes are rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and have one of the sector’s highest completion rates.
"Apprenticeships allow men and women at the start of their careers to develop their full potential, achieving academic qualifications and vocational experience while becoming financially stable at a relatively young age," said Jennifer Osbaldestin, Combat Systems Director at the company’s naval ships business.
"This new scheme demonstrates that apprenticeships are a valuable alternative to university for many young people, and I’m delighted that we are offering apprenticeships within such a vitally important part of our business for the first time.
"We’re looking for apprentices who are eager to develop their full potential within engineering, and are inspired by the challenge of creating the systems that our Armed Forces use while working in some of the world’s most difficult and dangerous environments."
The apprentices will gain qualifications including a Higher National Diploma and a Level 4 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms Professionals, while being paid a competitive salary.
Nescot’s Computing courses are ranked third in the country, and last year one student won Gold in the Network Security category at WorldSkills UK and another was named BTEC IT Student of the Year and won the overall BTEC Student of the Year prize. Nescot IT students have won two gold, two silver and one bronze medal at the national WorldSkills UK finals in the past five years.
To find out more and to apply, visit BAE Systems.