At Airbus, our people work with passion and determination to build and create amazing products – perhaps an aircraft you may already have flown on, or the satellites that help keep you connected! We look for people who have a passion for learning and want to work in an industry that is always looking to the future.
The highly technical nature of the aerospace industry has created a huge demand for skilled and qualified specialists in the UK. That is why, at Airbus, we have carefully designed our apprenticeship programmes to give you valuable practical training while you complete your studies.
Our programmes provides a clear route for you to make your career fly.
Defence and Space (only)
Technical Apprenticeship (Portsmouth and Stevenage)
Airbus is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, so what better way to start your technical apprenticeship than with an industry leader, working with talented, inspiring people who are as passionate as they are determined.
Being a Technical Apprentice at Airbus means you will get to develop both mechanical and electrical skills within our three year programme. You will be immersed in a stimulating design and manufacturing environment based at either our Portsmouth or Stevenage site. Over the course of the apprenticeship, you will study towards the Standard ST0855 – Space Engineering Technician qualification.
During the first year, you will gain both academic knowledge and practical experience. For years two and three, you will be on a day-release programme, structured to give you a unique chance to experience different areas of the business and provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how Airbus works.
The exciting projects you could be getting involved in during your placement include:
The study element of this apprenticeship will take place at one of the following colleges depending on whether your apprenticeship is based at Portsmouth or Stevenage:
We usually employ four apprentices every year alternately at either our Kidlington or Shawbury sites. Our apprenticeship program is four years in total. At the end of the apprenticeship, you will be an Aircraft Maintenance Certifying Engineer and go on to have several “Type Ratings” on our helicopters. Our apprenticeship is in two parts. The first two years are dedicated to obtaining an EASA CAT A Licence. The final two years will require the knowledge, skills learnt and portfolio of evidence gained in the first two years to progress further towards obtaining an EASA CAT B1.3 (Mechanical) or B2 (Avionics) Licence.
Gateway 1 is conducted after approximately 9 months to confirm apprentices progress before moving onto the development competence phase. Developmental competence requires the apprentice to gather evidence of occupational competence and complete a series of knowledge performance and skills assessments. The apprentice is then assessed by occupationally competent assessors. After approximately 9 months, on the development competence phase, the apprentice will work at AIRBUS (Helicopters) in a Part 145 environment gaining evidence, competence and experience.
Gateway 2 is conducted 3 - 6 months before the end of year 2 by AIRBUS (Helicopters) to review competencies and apprentice progress before applying for the EPA (End Point Assessment).
EPA (CAT A) is an independent assessment by an external organisation which consists of a series of pre-determined tasks set by the EPAO (End Point Assessment Organisation) e.g. Royal Aeronautical Society. The assessment consists of a portfolio of evidence, storyboards and an oral board. On successful completion of the EPA the apprentice will achieve L2 and 3 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering and a CAT A licence.
Gateway 1 is conducted to confirm developmental competence, this requires the apprentice to gather evidence of occupational competence and complete a series of knowledge performance and skills assessments and then assessed by occupationally competent assessors.
Gateway 2 is conducted 3 - 6 months before the end of year 4 by AIRBUS (Helicopters) to review competencies and apprentice progress before applying for the EPA (End Point Assessment).
EPA (CAT B) is an independent assessment by an external organisation which consists of a series of pre-determined tasks set by the EPAO (End Point Assessment Organisation) e.g. Royal Aeronautical Society. The assessment consists of a portfolio of evidence, storyboards and an oral board. On successful completion of the EPA the apprentice will achieve L4 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering and a CAT B1.3 (Mechanical) or B2 licence (Avionics).
The minimum entry qualifications for our engineering apprentices are grade B GSCE in Maths and Physics and grade C in English.
What happens next?
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Aerospace Virtual Work Experience
Applications are now closed for our Aerospace Virtual Work Experience programme, starting 30 November. If you have already submitted an application, then you will be informed if you have a place on 25 November.
About the programme
During this free two-week virtual work experience programme, participants will meet (virtually) representatives from across our space and commercial business; learning about fundamental elements of Airbus’s business including sustainability and manufacturing.
Our 2020 programme takes place from 30 November to 13 December 2020, during which time participants will complete ten hours' worth of activity over the two weeks; they are not required to be availlable full time.
In order to take part participants must be in Years 10-13 and attend a school or college in the UK.
Unfortunately, our onsite Work Experience is suspended for this year and we are not able to take applications at this time. We are working hard to reorganise Work Experience in the near future, so we invite you to check regularly our page for more information.
Airbus offers work experience opportunities for 14-19 years old at its sites in Broughton, North Wales and Filton, Bristol. Placements are available in Engineering, Manufacturing, Information Management, Cyber and, Facilities Management. Where possible we will endeavour to match you up with a host in an area of your interest, however this may not always be possible.
We are pleased that our Work Experience programmes are accredited at Silver level by Industrial Cadets.
Industrial Cadets is an industry led accreditation for workplace experiences inspired by our Patron HRH The Prince of Wales, designed to create a skilled and motivated workforce. With issues across the UK such as youth employment and skills shortages, the programme addresses concerns by uniting young people and businesses, providing a structured approach to the development of a future talent pipeline.
If you want further information, you can contact us at email@example.com.
Please note: we do not accept CV’s or Cover Letters.