You solve problems. You look at things from different angles. You’re curious about the world around you. That’s exactly the way an engineer thinks. And exactly the sort of mindset we’re looking for at Thales.
So, if you want to earn while you learn and develop skills that thousands of businesses desperately want, join our Apprenticeship scheme.
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. For more about us, read here.
Our 2022 opportunities are now LIVE! What are you waiting for? Apply now and build the career you want with us. Applications close soon.
WHY CHOOSE THALES
AS A THALES APPRENTICE YOU’LL ENJOY:
On-the-job learning backed up with a dedicated mentor
Paid work and study – you can earn while working your way to an accredited college course
Working with the latest technology. Be part of a business built on innovation and an ambition to create the future
Variety of work where no two projects or clients are the same
What’s more, you’ll be joining hundreds of problem solvers just like you. People who take technology, add in their expertise, and create groundbreaking solutions for the Aerospace, Space, Transportation, Defence and Security industries.
WHAT CAN I DO AT THALES?
Our business is wide and varied. So, as long as you have an inquisitive mind and are keen to learn, we can offer you an equally wide and varied Apprenticeship. Whichever path you decide to follow, we have opportunities across the country.
Note that we do not offer all programmes every year, so please check our current vacancies.
Engineering and Technology Apprentices
With Advanced, Higher and Degree Level opportunities available, our engineering apprenticeships offer something for everyone. Our programmes are between 2-4 years in duration and are fully aligned to UK SPEC, proving an excellent grounding for those wishing to become a chartered engineer. In partnership with our trusted training providers, colleges and universities, you will work towards a fully funded qualification whilst gaining valuable on the job experience.
Business and Finance Apprentices
Our Higher apprenticeships in Business and Finance are a great way to see first-hand how a multi-national organisation operates. Typically 2 years in duration, we offer fully funded industry recognised professional qualifications alongside close support and mentorship. With programmes across Project Planning, Procurement, Finance and HR, this is a great first step on the ladder for those looking to build a career in business.
TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT
WHAT DO I GET OUT OF BEING AN APPRENTICE?
We want you to be the best you can possibly be. So first off, we’ll make sure you get plenty of experience, getting you close to projects that can boost your raw talent.
We also want you to get the support and training you deserve. So, as well as giving you a role that will see you working alongside true experts, we’ll pay for you to study towards a relevant qualification from an accredited training provider.
WHERE CAN YOU JOIN US?
You’ll find the results of our pioneering work everywhere you turn, but it’s all carried out in carefully selected locations across the UK – each with its own unique attractions. See where you can start your Thales career.
Online application form
Online game-based assessment
(for graduate roles only)
Application form - This is your opportunity to tell us a bit about yourself
Online testing - These tests measure whether you are a good fit for the role you’ve applied for and whether you’d be a good fit for Thales.
Telephone interview - This is your opportunity to build on what you told us in your application and demonstrate why you’d be a good fit for the role you’ve applied to.
Assessment Centre - This is where we get to see you in action. It’s your opportunity to find out more about our organisation and learn about our culture and values. You’ll demonstrate your skills in a variety of exercises including an interview and group exercise. Successfully complete the assessment centre stage and you’ll be offered a position at Thales.
WHAT DO I NEED?
There are no upper age limits to apply but, depending on the level of Apprenticeship, you will need:
Five GCSEs, or equivalent, including English and Maths
Enthusiasm, drive, resourcefulness, commitment and an interest in technology.
(You’ll find details of exact requirements listed on live jobs)
Should you consider an apprenticeship?
Whether you are currently at school, starting out in your career or well established in the working world, it may surprise you to know that there are a huge range of exciting apprenticeship opportunities available in the UK. From business to engineering programmes, there are lots of options to choose from, depending on your goals and interests.
These days, going to university isn’t for everyone. Although there are many positives to studying for a degree full-time, it doesn’t always offer the real world experience that an apprenticeship, by comparison, can provide. Added to this, it’s a common misconception that apprenticeships are just for people in their late teens. It does not, in fact, matter how far into your career you are; there are still programmes available that can take you on the next step to where you want to be, regardless of your age and experience.
We have over 220 apprentices at Thales in the UK alone and their roles, experience and programmes vary significantly. Learn about just some of their stories by clicking on the profiles below.
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