In the United Kingdom

Applications for UK Apprenticeship Programmes are now open.

The highly technical nature of the aerospace industry has created huge demand for skilled and qualified specialists in the UK.

A variety of options

In the UK, apprenticeships are available at Airbus, Airbus Helicopters and Airbus Defence and Space. All our programmes last 3 years or 5 years and combine college or university studies with practical training.

Together these programmes provide a clear route for progression and applicants can choose between different entry options according to their level of educational achievement and abilities.

Engineering Undergraduate Apprenticeship (Airbus)

Our Engineering Sponsored Degree is a 3 to 4 year Undergraduate Apprenticeship programme focused on Aeronautical Engineering that combines vocational and academic training with industry-based work at one of our UK sites. You will attend one of our partner universities to study for your "BEng Honours Aerospace Engineering" degree.

Minimum requirements

  • Two A Levels at grade B or above in Maths and grade C or above in Physics, or Engineering Level 3 qualification at triple distinction grade can be accepted as an alternative to A Levels.
  • Six GCSEs at grade C or above; these should include Maths, English and Science (Core and Additional). Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

Salary & Benefits

  • £14,987 per annum
  • 25 days’ paid holiday per year (plus bank holidays)
  • Pension scheme
  • Company share plan
  • Annual profit share bonus
  • Fully subsidised learning package
  • Membership of the on-site sports and social club
  • Discounted rates on lease cars and driving lessons
  • Opportunity to work and train with other apprentices from Europe

Application

Applications for our Engineering Sponsored Degree are now open and will close on 31st March 2017

Contact

If you have any queries about your qualifications, please don’t hesitate to contact us at apprentices@airbus.com.

Supply Chain Higher Apprenticeship (Airbus)

Supply Chain Logistics (SCL) supports the wide range of aircraft produced by Airbus with an integrated supply chain. It manages the supply base of hundreds of external suppliers responsible for parts and materials consumed during the wing manufacture process for all programmes in Broughton and A400M in Filton.

Programme Structure

This apprenticeship leads to a range of qualifications including Essential Skills Level 3, NVQ Level 2 in Performing Engineering Operations (PEO), NVQ Level 3 in Logistics Operations Management, CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply) Certificate, Level 2, 4 & 5 (with the option to go level 6 which is the equivalent to a degree), amongst others.

Minimum requirements

  • Two A Levels (or equivalent; this includes Welsh, Scottish and International equivalents only) at grade B or above in Business Studies and a related subject, or a BTEC National Diploma in Business Studies (Distinction)
  • Six GCSEs (or equivalent; this includes Scottish and International equivalents only) at grade C or above including Maths and English

Applications are considered on an individual basis. So even if you do not meet the above criteria, you can still apply if you have other qualifications or suitable experience.

Salary & Benefits

  • £14,987 per annum
  • 25 days’ paid holiday per year (plus bank holidays)
  • Pension scheme
  • Company share plan
  • Annual profit share bonus
  • Fully subsidised learning package
  • Membership of the on-site sports and social club
  • Discounted rates on lease cars and driving lessons
  • Opportunity to work and train with other apprentices from Europe

Application

Applications for our High Supply Chain Logistics Apprenticeships are now open on the 17th October 2016 and will close on 31st March 2017.

Contact

If you have any queries about your qualifications, please don’t hesitate to contact us at apprentices@airbus.com

Commercial Undergraduate Apprenticeships (Airbus)

We offer Commercial Undergraduate Apprenticeships focused on either Finance or Business Support and Industrialisation. These 3 year Sponsored Degree Apprenticeship programmes combine academic study with on-the-job experience at our Airbus site in Broughton, North Wales.

Commercial Undergraduate Apprenticeship – Finance

Leading to a sponsored degree equivalent certification and professional accreditatoin with the Chartered Institute of Management Accounts (CIMA), this programme will equip you with the right academic qualifications and practical experience to kick-start a brilliant career in Finance.

Minimum requirements

  • Three A Levels (or equivalent; this includes Welsh, Scottish and International equivalents only) at grade B or above in Business Studies and two other related subjects.
  • Six GCSEs (or equivalent; this includes Welsh, Scottish and International equivalents only) at Grade C or above in Maths, English and Science (Core and Additional). If GCSE Science has been taken as separate subjects, one of the qualifications gained must be in Physics.

Commercial Undergraduate Apprenticeship - Business Support & Industrialisation

As part of this programme, you’ll work in various Business areas supporting the construction of the wings, such as Industrial Planning and Lean Management. You will study towards a BA (Honours) in Leadership and Management, as well as a professional accreditation with the ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management).

Minimum requirements

To apply, you must have two A Levels (or equivalent) at grade B or above, or Business BTEC extended diploma DDD, as well as at least six GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or above in Maths, English and Science (core and additional) amongst others.

Salary & Benefits

  • £14,987 per annum
  • 25 days’ paid holiday per year (plus bank holidays)
  • Pension scheme
  • Company share plan
  • Annual profit share bonus
  • Fully subsidised learning package
  • Membership of the on-site sports and social club
  • Discounted rates on lease cars and driving lessons
  • Opportunity to work and train with other apprentices from Europe

Application

Applications for our Commercial Sponsored Degree are now open and will close on 31st March 2017.

Contact

If you have any queries about your qualifications, please contact us at apprentices@airbus.com.

Craft apprenticeship (Airbus)

Our Craft Apprenticeship is focused on Aeronautical Engineering for both the academic and practical elements. It includes a qualification that contains a significant element of training on composites materials. Composites are an essential part of new wing technology at Airbus, and will be used extensively in the A350XWB wings.

Programme Structure

The Craft Apprenticeship is a three-year programme, with the first year spent at one of our partner colleges, and the second and third years on-site at Broughton.Through a Craft Apprenticeship, you can either specialise in Aeronautical Engineering or Engineering Maintenance.

Aero Structures

Our Aero Structures Craft Apprenticeship will allow you to become a Skilled Aircraft Fitter working on the drill off and assembly of both metallic and composite components to produce the Wing Box Structure.

This programme leads to NVQ Extended Diploma (Aeronautical Engineering) Level 3 and a National Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering.

To apply, you must have a minimum of six GCSEs (or equivalent). This must include:

  • Grade C or above in Maths, English Language, Science (Core and Additional) and two others. Please note; if your Science qualification was taken as single subjects, one of these must be Physics.
  • We will also consider other qualifications, such as an Engineering Diploma, Principle Learning, PEO Level 2 and Pathways to Apprenticeship.

Aero Systems

Through our Aero Systems Craft Apprenticeship, you can become a Skilled Aircraft Systems Fitter working on the installation and testing of the Aircraft flying controls, fuel and electrical systems.

You will study towards NVQ Extended Diploma (Aeronautical Engineering) plus an Additional Electrical Unit Level 3, as well as a National Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering plus 2 Additional Electrical Modules.

To apply, you must have a minimum of six GCSEs (or equivalent). This must include:

  • Grade B or above in Maths, or alternatively, a grade C in Maths with a BTEC Level 2 in Engineering.
  • Grade C or above in English Language, Science (Core and Additional) and two others. Please note; if your Science qualification was taken as single subjects, one of these must be Physics.
  • We will also consider other qualifications, such as an Engineering Diploma, Principle Learning, PEO Level 2 and Pathways to Apprenticeship.

Plant Service Centre

This path will allow you to become either a Skilled Electrical Maintenance Fitter or a Skilled Tool Room Machinist/Fitter, specialising in the service and support of the plant’s production machinery and tooling.

The programme leads to NVQ Extended Diploma (Engineering Maintenance or Mechanical Manufacture) Level 3 plus a Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering and a HNC in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering.

To apply, you must have a minimum of six GCSEs (or equivalent). This must include:

  • Grade B or above in Maths, or alternatively, a grade C in Maths with a BTEC Level 2 in Engineering.
  • Grade C or above in English Language, Science (Core and Additional) and two others. Please note; if your Science qualification was taken as single subjects, one of these must be Physics.
  • We will also consider other qualifications, such as an Engineering Diploma, Principle Learning, PEO Level 2 and Pathways to Apprenticeship.

Salary & Benefits

  • £13,405 per annum
  • 25 days’ paid holiday per year (plus bank holidays)
  • Pension scheme
  • Company share plan
  • Annual profit share bonus
  • Fully subsidised learning package
  • Membership of the on-site sports and social club
  • Discounted rates on lease cars and driving lessons
  • Opportunity to work and train with other apprentices from Europe

Application

Applications for our Craft Apprenticeships are now open and will close on 28th February 2017.

Contact

If you have any queries about your qualifications, please don’t hesitate to contact us at apprentices@airbus.com

Craft apprenticeship (Airbus Defence and Space)

Airbus Defence and Space offers the opportunity to join the Craft Apprenticeship at the Stevenage site. This is a great opportunity if you have a preference for a career in a predominantly hands-on environment.

Year 1 and 2:

This is a 3 year scheme with the first two years spent undertaking day release at North Herts College where you will gain academic qualifications and practical training. You will be studying towards the Advanced Apprenticeship in Engineering. The time you spend onsite will be spent in the cleanrooms where you will gain hands on experience in the following areas: 

  • Panel and Structure Build learning composite techniques and Carbon Fibre Filament Winding
  • Assembly of Solar Array Drive Mechanisms and Antenna Deployment and Trimming Mechanism involving both mechanical and electrical processes
  • Integration and Assembly of Chemical Propulsion Systems along with Hybrid Propulsion involving electrical harness assembly and orbital welding of propulsion pipework
  • Manufacture of Dual and Multiple Layer insulation and integration onto spacecraft
  • Material treatments including grit blasting of metallic items before application of corrosion inhibiting primers and paints

Year 3:

Your final year is spent onsite in one specific placement within Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) where you will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the area you’re deemed best suited and have excelled in.

Salary & Benefits:

  • Substantial yearly increments
  • Three year scheme
  • Competitive holiday scheme 25 days leave
  • Flexi-time scheme
  • Opportunity to partake in VIP Visits

Minimum requirements:

You must have or be predicted at least 5 GCSE’s with a Grade C in Maths and English.

What we’re looking for:
You will demonstrate a passion for Engineering either through hobbies or your educational choices. For example, if you have been involved with an Engineering club at school, if you are a member of a society or you simply enjoy fixing things either from a mechanical or electrical perspective.

Applications
Applications for our Craft Apprenticeships are now open and will close on 10th March 2017

Technical Data Apprenticeship (Airbus)

This department is part of Airbus Customer Service which is responsible for supporting the growing fleet of in-service aircraft. This involves answering airline queries and interacting with other departments in Airbus.

Technical Data converts engineering source data into instructions for an airline to safely maintain their aircraft in line with airworthiness authority directives. Much of our work is subcontracted and therefore we also manage the workload and deliverables from our subcontractor partners.

Programme Structure

A Technical Data apprenticeship offers you the opportunity to acquire skills on a broad range of technical subjects related to commercial aircraft maintenance and operation. This will be achieved by working in various teams creating the technical manuals linked to the wings, landing gear and fuel systems of all Airbus products.

The apprenticeship will combine on-the-job work experience, with time at college, in the first year working to achieve a Level 2 Foundation course, learning about engineering operations, whilst achieving a number of technical certificates and company required qualifications. You will then study towards NVQ Level 3, as well as a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering.

Minimum Requirements

To apply, you must have minimum of:

• Six GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language, Maths and Double Science. If Science qualification was taken as single subjects, one of these must be Physics.

• Alternatively you must have 4 GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language, Maths, Double Science and an Engineering BTEC. If Science qualification was taken as single subjects, one of these must be Physics.

Application

Applications for our Technical Data Apprenticeships are now open and will close on 17th February 2017.

Contact

If you have any queries about your qualifications, please don’t hesitate to contact us at apprentices@airbus.com

Engineering apprenticeship (Airbus Defence and Space)

Airbus Defence and Space offers the opportunity to embark on an exciting Engineering Apprenticeship within the space sector specifically focusing on the manufacture of satellites at either our Portsmouth or Stevenage sites in the UK.

Year 1:
The first year of the Apprenticeship will be spent full time at a college local to the respective site you have applied for and will encompass both academic and practical training elements in a variety of topics including Computer Aided Design, Manufacturing, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.

On successful completion of the first year at college, you will have achieved the Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) and BTEC National in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Qualifications. 

Year 2 &3:
The final two years of the scheme will be spent undertaking various rotations across the business whilst concurrently completing a day release course at college working towards achieving an NVQ Level 3 and a HNC in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.

Through onsite placements you will cover many disciplines ranging from design, manufacturing and Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) to Engineering, Quality Assurance and Cost Engineering. There are currently 32 placement opportunities across the business. Placements opportunities can include:

  • Satellite Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Test
  • Mechanical Engineering Structures and many more.

Salary & Benefits

  • Substantial yearly increments
  • Three year scheme
  • Competitive holiday scheme 25 days leave
  • Flexi-time scheme
  • Opportunity to partake in VIP Visits

Minimum requirements:
You must have or be predicted at least 5 GCSE’s with a Grade B in Maths and a Grade C in English and a Science.

What we’re looking for:
You will demonstrate a passion for Engineering either through hobbies or your educational choices. For example, if you have been involved with an Engineering club at school, if you are a member of a society or you simply enjoy fixing things either from a mechanical or electrical perspective.

Applications

Applications for our Engineering Apprenticeship are now open and will close on 10th March 2017

Engineering apprenticeship (Airbus Helicopters)

This apprenticeship is only available from Airbus Helicopters. It trains licensed aircraft technicians qualified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). There are two types of licensed aircraft technicians; B1 – engineers of the mechanical trade and B2 – engineers of the avionic trade. We train apprentices of both trades and they broadly follow the same program. Both will end up EASA Part 66 qualified, the B1 apprentices achieving additionally a National Certificate in Mechanical engineering and the B2 apprentices achieving a National Certificate in Electrical.

Apprentices are employed in blocks of 4 every other year and therefore we often have up to 12 apprentices in the programme at various stages. At the end of the apprenticeship, you will be a licensed Aircraft maintenance technician with several ‘Type Ratings’ on our helicopters.

  • Year 1: 
The apprentice studies ‘Performing Engineering Operations’ – 4 days each week attending the Abingdon & Witney College. On the fifth day each week they study for the ‘National Certificate’ at the same college. They also attend two short courses arranged by ISIS Training Ltd. – ‘Employment Rights & Responsibilities’ and ‘Key Skills’.
  • Year 2: 
During the second year the apprentice is employed in company carrying out aircraft work. The apprentice continues with the National Certificate one day each week. They also begin the NVQ level three.
  • Year 3: 
During the third year the apprentice finishes the National Certificate and the NVQ and continues employment in company working on aircraft. They also begin the EASA Part 66 module training carried out in house by the ECUK Training Centre.
  • Years 4 and 5: 
During the fourth and fifth years the apprentice spends time in different departments within the company and continues with the EASA Part 66 examination modules.

Minimum requirements

The minimum entry qualifications for our engineering apprentices are grade B GSCE in Maths and Physics and grade C in English.

Partnership colleges and universities

We work with a number of colleges and universities to provide the necessary training for our apprentices.

Broughton (Airbus)

(the courses are delivered in Deeside College and accredited by Swansea University)

Filton (Airbus)

Stevenage (Airbus Defence and Space)

Portsmouth (Airbus Defence and Space)

Our training centres are located on-site. Trainers from these centres visit you at college on a weekly basis during your first year and are responsible for you during your placements.

Our trainers have years of experience and you will be assigned to a trainer as soon as you join us. They are there to help you with any issues – work- or study- based – that you might have during your time as an apprentice.

Learning outside the workplace (Airbus apprenticeships only)

During your first year, all UK apprentices and selected apprentices from France and Germany spend a week on an Outward Bound course in the Lake District. Activities include orienteering, raft building and mountaineering, as well as planning and presenting. It’s a way of getting to grips with the values that will help in your future development and career.

Intercultural awareness among employees is essential to our business. And so all our apprentices join our Intercultural Competencies Programme, which offers specific training and the chance to apply for a placement at one of our sites in Europe.

Apprentices are also encouraged to act as Airbus representatives at a wide variety of events such as air shows, careers events and schools liaison activities.

Application process

The application process opens on 17th October 2016 and closes on 17th February 2017 for the Airbus Craft apprenticeship, 10th March 2017 for Airbus Defence and Space apprenticeships, and 31st March 2017 for all other Airbus apprenticeship programmes.

Managing your application

To help you manage your application more effectively, you can save it and return to complete it at a later date. To do this, you will need to remember your user name and password for the “candidate’s cockpit”, where you started the process. You can also log into the cockpit, to change any of your personal details, for example, phone numbers and addresses.

The only relevant tabs for the UK Apprenticeship are:

  • Personal Details
  • Education
  • Cover Letter
  • Attachments
  • Questionnaire

Please consider that your selection starts as soon as you submit your application form. We will be looking at your application for the quality as well as qualifications, so please ensure you spend time on it.

When inputting your education details you need to manually input information.

It is mandatory that you upload a CV to your application!

When you return to the candidate cockpit, you will see there are new areas/tabs to fill in information. This is only relevant if you have released your profile and you want to be considered for other vacancies within the Airbus.

When inputting your education details you need to manually input information about your educational establishment.

If you are still at school or your most recent education was at school, please select ‘X-Schools UK’ from the drop down box, you can then manually input your school in the ‘Educational Establishment’ free text box.

Throughout the process, should you no longer wish to proceed with your application, you can withdraw your application via the candidate cockpit.

Once you have submitted your application, you will not be able to amend any of the questionnaire data.  

Be aware that all correspondence will be done via email. We will not send letters to you in the post, so you should regularly check your email for any correspondence from us.  It is, therefore, important that the email address you include in your application is one you use regularly. 

To allow us to communicate with you efficiently and ensure that none of our email correspondence with you is lost, you should check your spam filters as emails can sometimes get diverted into junk mail.

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