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2021 Software Engineer Apprentice (Level 6 Digital & Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship)

Job ID: R0106328 Location: Crawley, England, United Kingdom
Full time, Apprenticeship / Trainee
Location: Crawley, United Kingdom

Thales people architect solutions that enable two-thirds of planes to take off and land safely. We create in-flight entertainment systems that engross 50 million fliers every year and we develop the avionics that control the world’s largest commercial aircrafts. Our simulators train the next generation of pilots for fighter jets, transporters and search and rescue helicopters. And, together, each and every member of our aerospace team makes a difference.

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.

Level 6 Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship – Software Engineer Apprentice

Location: Crawley

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? If so, read on to see what Thales has on offer

Our exciting Software Engineer Apprentice 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 Software Engineer Apprentice you will develop key skills and experience in the following:

  • Programming skills in C or C++

  • Knowledge of OpenGL, graphics programming and mathematical systems modelling

  • Experience of working in multi-disciplined agile environment Familiarity with requirements management tools, aircraft and sensor systems and training simulator systems

  • New tools and infrastructure used for the development engineering environment

  • Development of quality software solutions that adhere to timescale and budget

  • Domain specific knowledge and application of mathematics skills to model aircraft and simulation systems

  • Opportunity to develop creative software solutions

  • Organisational skills with well-rounded communication and relationship building abilities

  • Digital Technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics

Degree Apprenticeship Programme:

Through our degree apprenticeship 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 Engineer Apprentice you will be studying towards a BSc in Digital and Technology Solutions with Warwick University following the Software Engineering pathway. For the duration of this four year programme you will combine university studies with practical application, working within our software function in Crawley.

This programme is delivered via a block-release model whereby you will attend an average of six weeks at university per year - remote support will be provided online, as well as workplace support with both your technical and practical development. You will be given one day per week in which to focus on your studies. For the other four days you will be working in the business, applying your university learning in a real-life software environment. At the end of the apprenticeship you be working as a software engineer within one of the Thales UK businesses.

This opportunity is available in Crawley.  

Who we’re looking for:

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are motivated, committed and keen to learn.  You will be 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.

Entry requirements:

A minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points at A2 (Grades BCC) with at least 1 STEM subject (Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, Electronics) in addition to Maths, or an equivalent e.g. BTEC DMM. You will also require 5 GCSEs grade 9 - 4 (A-C) including English and Maths and an additional STEM subject.

Right to Work in the UK for the duration of the four-year programme.

Closing date: Our applications will close at 11.59pm on Tuesday 05 January 2021, this is the only time we will be accepting applications this year. Please note we will be in contact by the end of January 2021 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 12 months. 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 https://www.gov.uk/guidance/security-vetting-and-clearance

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

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 80,000 employees in 68 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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