Chris

Head of A380 Industrial Planning, Broughton - Former Apprentice

I decided to do an apprenticeship at Airbus as I wanted to join a trade in a thriving business, one in which Airbus has a reputation for training and excellence. I wanted to become part of a business that was setting the standards in a global market.

I completed a Craft Apprenticeship in electrical installation within a period of 2002 to 2005. This course involved both academic and work based learning. From an academic perspective it included City and Guilds, NVQ Level 3 and other variable courses. The onsite experiences were within multiple Airbus businesses like Long Range, Single Aisle and Flight Test, among others. The opportunity to work in such a vast array of locations of the Broughton site was invaluable as it enabled me to gain a broad understanding of aircraft manufacturing. I learnt multiple skills like team working, technical skills and other key attributes.

On completion of the Craft Apprenticeship I transferred to the Higher Engineering Apprenticeship for another two years. Academically this course included NVQ Level 4 and a Foundation Degree in Manufacturing Engineering. Internally within Airbus I completed multiple placements within Manufacturing Engineering, Quality and Design on a multitude of programmes. This training was very useful in gaining experience in technical departments with key skills of project management, customer support and experience of the holistic business.

In parallel, after gaining a Foundation Degree in Manufacturing Engineering, I moved to the full BEng Hons (1st). I have also now completed an MSc in Engineering Business Management at Warwick Manufacturing Group.

From a professional point of view, I am currently based in Broughton working in the A380 Programme as Head of Industrial Planning. This role is transnational with close interactions with German and French plants.

The two apprenticeship schemes that I undertook were absolutely paramount in laying the foundations of my career. It taught me the importance of hard work, passion and commitment, values that I still hold dear. I would promote the Airbus apprenticeship scheme to anybody who is looking for a career in a thriving and technically fascinating business. It truly is a great opportunity!