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Software Engineering Trainee

Job ID: R0078917 Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Full time, Apprenticeship / Trainee
Location: Belfast, United Kingdom

Thales people architect solutions that are relied upon to deliver operational advantage at every decisive moment throughout the mission. Defence and armed forces customers rely on us to deliver the full range of defensive systems for land, sea, and air. From early warning, to threat neutralisation, our platforms cover all levels from very short-range systems, to extended protection across the entire battle-space including Air Traffic Management, Vehicles and Tactical Systems and Missile Defence, Optronics, and Radar.

Together we offer fantastic opportunities for committed employees to learn and develop their career with us. At Thales UK, we research, develop, and supply technology and services that impact the lives of millions of people each day to make life better, and keep us safer. We innovate across five major industries; Aerospace, Defence, Ground Transportation, Security and Space. Your health and well-being matters to us and that’s why we offer you the flexibility to do what’s important to you; whether that’s part time hours, job sharing, home working, or the ability to flex your start and finish times. Where possible, we support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your ambitions.

Degree Software Engineer Trainee

Location: Belfast

Are you looking for an employer who will sponsor you through a degree, whilst providing valuable and exciting on-the-job experience within a global, innovative and industry leading organisation?

Our exciting Software Trainee role will develop your software skills to become a confident, positive and flexible engineer with well-honed technical knowledge. You will support the team to deliver software solutions to deadlines and within budget, including reviewing code and running project reviews.

As a Trainee Software Engineer you will develop the key skills and experience in the following:

  • Programming skills in C or C++
  • Development of real-time embedded software systems
  • Development of training and simulation systems including producing computer generated imagery
  • Experience of working in an agile environment
  • Familiarity with requirements management tools and software engineering design tools
  • Develop quality software solutions that adhere to time-scale and budget
  • Develop domain specific knowledge and the ability to deliver engineering solutions in the aerospace sector on custom processing platforms
  • Opportunity to develop creative software solutions tempered by strong organisational skills with well-rounded communication and relationship building abilities

Software Trainee Degree Programme:

Through our degree trainee programme you’ll be making the most of your talents, getting to understand engineering from the ground up; and doing so with the help of one of the biggest and best names in the industry.

As a Software Trainee you will be studying towards a BSc in Mechatronic Engineering with the University of Ulster. For the duration of this five year programme you will combine university studies with practical application, working within our software function in Belfast.

This programme is delivered via a day release by the University of Ulster. On the days you are not attending university you will be working in the business, applying your university learning in a real life software environment. At the end of the programme you be working as a software engineer within the Thales Integrated Airspace-protection Systems (IAS) business.

This opportunity is available in Belfast

Who we’re looking for:

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are motivated, committed and keen to learn. A self-starter who is able to manage their time, show initiative and has a genuine interest in engineering and Thales. Successful candidates will show self-discipline and an aspiration to achieve a degree qualification.

You will also need:

Candidates will need A Levels grades BBB to include Grade B in one from Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Technology & Design, Design & Technology, Engineering, Electronics or Double Award Science/Applied Science (or qualifications equivalent to A Levels)

They will also require a GCSE grade A-C in English.

Right to Work in the UK for the duration of the 5 year programme

Please note that applicants who already hold a relevant degree will not be eligible for this programme.

Closing date: Our applications will close at 11.59pm on Friday 3rd January 2020, this is the only time we will be accepting applications this year. Please note, we will be in contact by the end of January 2020 with details of next steps.

All apprentices require full Security Clearance in line with United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV) requirements - to gain clearance you will typically need to have been a UK resident for a minimum of five years. As part of this process you will be asked to provide evidence of your identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history. For further details of the evidence required to apply for Security Clearance please refer to

In line with Thales' Baseline Security requirements, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history for up to three years. Some vacancies may require full Security Clearance which can require further evidence to be provided. For further details of the evidence required to apply for Baseline and Security Clearance please refer to the Defence Business Services National Security Vetting (DBS NSV) Agency.

At Thales we provide CAREERS and not only jobs. With Thales employing 65,000 employees in 56 countries our mobility policy enables thousands of employees each year to develop their careers at home and abroad, in their existing areas of expertise or by branching out into new fields. Together we believe that embracing flexibility is a smarter way of working. Great journeys start here, apply now!

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