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Applied Science Apprenticeships Level 6 2021 Chemical Sciences
  • Location: Sevenoaks
  • Employment Type: Full Time - Permanent
  • Job ID: 12598

QinetiQ comprises teams of dedicated people; experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets. We draw on our extensive technical knowledge and intellectual property to provide the know-how and support to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.  Our people make the critical difference to customers by providing unique approaches to problem solving.  Why don’t you join some of the world’s finest scientific and technical minds and help us make tomorrow work today?

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Apprenticeships Level 6 Applied Science 2021

Job Type(s): Level 6 Apprenticeship


England: Fort Halstead

Salary: Competitive + benefits + bonus incentives

Start date: September 2021

Job description:

Our L6 Apprentice roles will be based in the Weapons Science Group as part of the Applied Science Discipline.

Our Applied Science capabilities cover materials and chemistry, electromagnetics & acoustics, human performance as well as our weapons and explosives materials-related activities.

You be working as part of a multi-disciplinary team of chemists, material scientists and physicists on a range of critical customer projects. Our work encompasses world-leading research (exploring the ‘art of the possible’) to provide comprehensive evaluation and testing of weapon systems and energetic components. This role will develop you towards a materials science specialism and will teach you how to characterise and understand the mechanical properties of materials used in weapon systems and their impact on system safety.

A key part of your work will involve working in our mechanical testing laboratories and facilities that are often unique in the work undertaken, and safe working in these areas is paramount.


Please see below for more details on the apprenticeship we are recruiting for..

The team: Our teams at Fort Halstead are primarily involved in the evaluation and testing of weapon systems and explosive materials in order to ensure that systems are both safe and perform to the highest levels.
Our work is unusual, but, absolutely critical to saving lives and protecting our sovereign nation. You will be working with a number of science and engineering teams, all with a common interest and passion for their technical areas and in supporting our customers. You will also be joining at an exciting time with significant investment underway in the site and facilities.

Apprenticeship title: Level 6 Laboratory Scientist Apprenticeship
Apprenticeship length: 5 years (You will be released 1 day a week to visit the course provider)
Site:Fort Halstead, Sevenoaks
Training provider: University of Kent

Required qualifications:

- 5 GCSE's A*-C/9-5 must include Maths, English Language and Science.

- A Level's, 80 points including DD at GCE A level for Chemistry and another science subject.

- Vocational Science based A level (Double award 12 units) and a pass in an approved English Language qualification

*Entry grade requirements for all apprenticeships may vary due to course provider requirements*

Security notice:

Please be aware that this role is subject to both security & export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that you must hold full British citizenship and obtain the right to stay and work within the UK. Restrictions may also mean that any dual or previous nationalities held can affect the roles in which you can perform within QinetiQ.

You will receive stage 2 of our recruitment process within 14 days of you completing your application