Engineering Apprentice Team Leader

Job Description

About the job


As the Engineering Apprenticeship team leader you will recruit, on-board, and develop the apprentices, identifying suitable placement opportunities (both internal and external) and preparing them for their end point assessment. There is extensive external involvement both with our training provider, Wiltshire College, and during the development of external placements.

This role is very dynamic and there is a great deal of personal investment to ensure that each individual reaches their potential and successfully completes the apprenticeship.

The role of Team Leader of the Engineering Apprenticeship can be challenging and tremendously rewarding. In this respect it would be beneficial that the applicant has experience with managing early careers.

Job description

In this role you will
• Develop & sustain capability (people relationships, infrastructure, knowledge) to provide technical contribution to current and future delivery and projects across Operations and Dstl through effective use of the Team's resources/expertise:
o Maintain awareness of current and future demand requirements
o Understand and use the different resource options to ensure an appropriate mix of team members
o Understand and effectively develop capability to align with Division Capability plans
o Build resilience through succession planning, including developing future leaders

• Direct Line management of a team:
o Enable effective performance management and development of team members
o Allocate employees to tasks or projects based on requirements
o Coach and support team member’s career and personal development

• Ensure that people have the necessary skills and competencies for the tasks assigned

• Ensure employees have knowledge of and conform to all safety and security and resilience requirements

• Build employee engagement and create an environment which nurtures excellence through:
o Setting the direction for the team, including how the team fits with strategic aims
o Creating a positive and inclusive working environment that aligns with Dstl Values, champions diversity and enables employees to excel
o Communicating and owning difficult messages
o Challenging and addressing poor performance
o Recognising and highlighting high performance
o Networking with other Team Leaders and stakeholders to share good practice and ensure a coherent approach

• Implement Dstl's policies and ensure compliance with the Management System

• Provide individual professional leadership contribution as agreed with Line Manager.

Important Information

Our work in defence, security and intelligence requires our employees to be British Citizens who are able to gain a high level of security clearance to understand the work you will undertake to protect us from any security threats. For this reason, we regret that only UK Nationals will be able to apply for this role. If you are an international or dual-national candidate, and you think you have the skills we need, please consider applying to any of our government, security or defence partners across the enterprise. We work closely with the Defence and Security Industry on many projects, so it would be great to work with you via one of our partners.

This role will require full UK security clearance and you should have resided in the UK for the past 5 years.



• Experience / Understanding of running an Apprenticeship
• Experience of providing effective leadership
• Experience of managing and/or supervising people
• Experience of successfully communicating difficult/complex messages
• Successful management and delivery of work
• Supervision of others; this may include tasking or guidance

• Experience/knowledge of electrical and mechanical engineering
• An understanding of Apprenticeship Standards and End Point Assessments
• Experience/ Understanding of the assessment process within an engineering context
• Experience of working in Early Careers
• Experience/ Understanding of Safeguarding within the context of Early Careers

Technical Skills
• People management and leadership (including building diversity and inclusion)
• Building and maintaining effective relationships across organisational boundaries
• Working effectively with other organisations; delivering through partnership

Leadership Skills

• Effective leadership
• Management and/or supervision of people and tasks
• Excellent communication skills
• Sufficient technical and business management expertise to understand the tools, techniques and skills required within the Team and how to develop them
• Understanding of safety, security and resilience risks in order to assess/mitigate those relating to the specific team
• Understanding the business benefits of diversity and equality and how to create an inclusive working environment
• Commercial awareness - ability to understand what makes a business or organisation successful. Understanding of the commercial implications of contracts and working practices
• Able to develop networks and use these to resolve issues/challenges

• Technical credibility in the relevant capability area
• Understanding of Dstl’s business model
• Understanding of the safety security and resilience risks of the services, programmes and projects that the Team supports