Higher Engineering Apprentice, Broughton - Former Craft Apprentice

From childhood I have always been interested in aircraft, how they work, fly, and are made. So it seemed the obvious choice for me to take an apprenticeship with Airbus.

I originally started at Airbus as a craft apprentice working as an electrician. Once I completed my craft apprenticeship I was then given the opportunity to become a Higher Engineering Apprentice and am currently in my final year.

I work as part of the Quality team on the A350 XWB where my role is to assist the Quality Team in ensuring the product is delivered to the customer to the highest standard. The A350 XWB is the first Airbus aircraft to be made of predominantly carbon fibre and is a highly innovative structure. My role is quite specific whereby I am involved in ensuring the A350 XWB wings are electrically bonded correctly throughout the structure, which has been challenging because of the new material.

Alongside this, Airbus is currently supporting me to work towards a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, which is a fantastic opportunity to increase my knowledge and will help my career within the business.

My aspiration is to remain as part of the Quality Team as I really enjoy it, and to try to gain as many different experiences in varying job roles.

I would say to people to certainly consider an apprenticeship with Airbus as you get great hands on experience on a real life product whilst gaining excellent qualifications along the way.