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8 months ago
Lockheed Aerospace
Location: UK
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Operations
Category: Software Engineer Jobs

Software Apprentice

Software Engineering

Ampthill - Bedfordshire

Specific Job Description

LMUK (Ampthill) are interested in students who are looking for an opportunity to undertake a technical apprenticeship in Software Engineering of up to four years.

You should currently be undertaking, or have completed, a course leading to a recognised level 3 qualification in a mathematics, IT, science or other technology related subject; e.g. ‘A’ Levels, BTEC level 3 Diploma or equivalent Level 3 qualification. The apprenticeship will entail continued study, via day release, at college, which will lead to the completion of the following qualifications:
* HNC completed at the end of the first year
* HND completed at the end of the second year
* Degree completed at the end of the third or fourth year (subject to confirmation)

Further qualifications are fully encouraged by LMUK Ampthill post apprenticeship, with a robust mentoring programme firmly established on site. Professional accreditation is also proactively encouraged, with mentoring, support and guidance provided.

On site training at LMUK Ampthill will see the individual embedded into various projects and functional roles, to allow the full design lifecycle to be captured and employed. This will also provide the individual the opportunity to select where they would like to pursue a post apprenticeship career, allowing any specialised training or development to be undertaken.

Work place deployments consist of (but not limited to) the following Business Areas:
* Internal Research and Development
* Vehicles
* Special Projects
* Test equipment development
Typical Duties
* Design and write software
* Unit testing of the software
* Building kernels on Linux
* Customer demonstrations of functionality
* Supporting prototype vehicle build and test

Phase 1, one year day release at college to gain HNC, supported by business area deployment in various departments to obtain a broad spectrum of experience.
Phase 2, One year day release at college to gain HND, supported by focused business area deployment.
Phase 3, Two years day release (1 year as an apprentice/1 year as an engineer following completion of 4 year scheme), at a local university, to gain a recognised Software related degree supported by specialised business area deployment.

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Employee Type

Full Time

Hours Per Week



United Kingdom (UK)

Business Environment

Lockheed Martin (UK) Ampthill is a rapidly changing, dynamic part of the Lockheed Martin Corporation with both domestic and international customers. It consists of three business areas focussing on Vehicles, Special Projects and Mission Support, which provide a variety of products and services to the MoD and other customers including the Warrior CSP, Scout and support to the Land Environment Air Picture Provision capability.

Clearance Required for Role


Graduate, Intern or Apprentice Vacancy?


Required skills, qualifications and experience

* 2 A-Levels at C or above in Mathematics and Physics
* Or BTEC Level 3 Diploma in a relevant Engineering discipline at Merit or above
* Or Equivalent Level 3 qualification in a related subject
* IT proficient (ideally Microsoft Office)
* A strong communicator, both written and verbal
* Motivated self starter
* An understanding of what Software engineering entails.

Desired skills, qualifications and experience

* Engineering experience through education, especially practical experience.
* Previous programming experience through education.
* Previous programming experience through employment.
* Previous IT or engineering experience through employment.
* Presentation skills gained through the opportunity to present work completed
* BTEC Further Maths if available

Equal Opportunity Statement

Lockheed Martin recognises and actively promotes the benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to treating all employees with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief. Discrimination on any of these grounds is expressly forbidden. We therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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