Apprentice – Mechanical Manufacturing Ref. 723

Starting Salary of £18,959*
So many questions....

What career do I want to do?

Apprenticeship or Uni?

Will I fit in?

It’s totally understandable to be unsure about what path to choose. We get it! So, let us tell you a few of the reasons our existing apprentices chose us:

   - You get to work with the latest tech in additive manufacture and reductive manufacture.
   - You get to work on projects that protect national security
   - A whole team of people there to support you
   - Starting salary of £18,959. It goes up every year too! *
   - Tuition paid for = no debt

*As long as you successfully complete the year.

Sounds pretty good, right?

You’ll complete a 39-month programme to achieve a Level 3 Engineering Technician apprenticeship in our Mechanical Manufacturing team in areas such as additive manufacture, CNC machinery, Manual machining and more. There’s a lot more details on our website.

We won’t tie you in to working for us forever. We don’t need to. The majority of our apprentices who joined in the last 10 years are still here, and each of their next steps after completing their scheme was a promotion to a salary over £23k. So, if you’re wondering if an HMGCC apprenticeship is an alternative to University to give you the career progression that matches your ambition, we can confidently tell you, it absolutely is.

And to answer, will you fit in? Well, we’re not expecting you to. We believe everyone adds value in their own way by bringing their unique strengths and experience to the table.

So, take a look at the section below and if it sounds like you then we’d love to have you on our team!

More About You

You’ll already have (or be predicted to achieve):

• GCSE’s or equivalent at Grade C/4 or above, in Maths and English
• A GCSE in Science or a technical based subject such as Engineering or Product Design or a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Engineering or a Level 2 BTEC in Engineering

You’ll also have:

• A keen interest in Manufacturing
• Good manual dexterity (this will be assessed at Interview)

Your Personal Skills

You’ll be the type of person who:

• Is creative. Your curiosity and own style of thinking will bring a different perspective
• Enjoys being part of a team. You’ll share your ideas and learn from others
• Wants to make a difference. You understand the importance of what we do and take pride in doing your best even in challenging situations
• Is open minded. You’re willing to try something new, to improve and learn along the way
• Behaves with integrity. You will be professional, honest and reliable

The Scheme

Over the course of your apprenticeship, you’ll split your time between a local college completing the knowledge and competence qualifications of the programme and on the job training at HMGCC. You’ll also receive paid for membership with a professional organisation such as the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

You won’t be on tea duty while you’re here; our apprentices get involved in real projects from the beginning. Throughout the programme, you’ll undertake various mentored work placements and customer projects which will give you hands-on experience to back up the classroom training.

On completion of the scheme, you’ll have a solid foundation to begin your career as an Engineering Technician. You might find yourself in our Printed circuit board (PCB) Plant, Mechanical Workshop or our Design Office depending on what you enjoy. And, your development doesn’t end with the completion of your apprenticeship. You’ll experience a career that’s as varied and progressive as you want it to be.

What we Offer

Now that we’ve explained a bit about what you’ll be doing, here’s what we can offer you:

• 25 days annual leave, rising to 30 after 5 years’ service
• 2 ½ additional days leave (set dates through the year)
• Time off in lieu.  Your salary is for your contracted hours.  If you work more, we believe you should get that time back
• Training.  Lots and lots of training.  This can be anything from a ½ day internal course to a distant learning degree.  If it’s relevant to your career, we will aim to support you
• Pension.  Our pension scheme is Alpha.  It’s competitive and set up for you!
• Sports & Social Society.  Whether its cars or baking, cinema, golf or crafting, we have colleagues that share your interests
• On site nursery (subject to availability)
• 3 days paid leave a year to support a registered charity of your choice
• Free on-site parking
• Free onsite gym, open 24 hours a day
• Affinity Groups – whether you are disabled, LGBTQ+ and/or from an Ethnic Minority.  We provide an inclusive environment and support for everyone


We’re HMGCC, Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre. You may not have heard of us before. It’s OK, we’re used to it! That’s because our customers are other UK Government Departments. Using our collective expertise, we develop communication systems for our customers that are innovative, reliable and totally secure to protect national security at home and overseas.

We invest in our people, not only with training but also support throughout your career with us; to allow you to reach your full potential at work, as well as enjoy the work/life balance many aspire to.

Find out more about us and if we’re right for you on our website.

Equal Opportunities

Inclusion & Diversity really matters to us. It's not just about numbers or visible differences.

HMGCC are committed to providing equal opportunities and encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and those with disabilities or who are neurodiverse.

We’re not looking for any one type of person. We’re looking for talent from all different backgrounds to join our organisation, where we genuinely respect and value each other's differences, as well as our similarities. It makes us even better at what we do.

HMGCC is proud to hold the status of Disability Confident Employer. In line with this, we offer the Disability Confident - Offer of Interview.

Find out more and how you can apply under this scheme on our website.

Apply now

Please click the apply button below.  Our Recruitment Team will process your application once the role has closed and everyone will get a response.

Assessment dates

Below are the approximate assessment dates if your application is successful through to the next stage:
Assessment centres – Week commencing 13th December 2021
Interviews – Week commencing 10th January 2022

*If you are relocating to the area we can discuss the possibility of a relocation package.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.