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Apprenticeships in the United Kingdom

Apprenticeship

You can now apply for our Defence & Space Technical Apprenticeship.

If you have any queries about the apprenticeship programme or your eligibility, please do not hesitate to contact us at apprentices@airbus.com.

Introduction

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.

Apprenticeship areas

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:

 

Stevenage:

  • Panel structure build involving composite techniques and carbon fibre filament winding
  • Assembly of solar array drive mechanisms, antenna deployment and trimming mechanism
  • Integration and assembly of chemical propulsion systems
  • Manufacture of dual and multiple layer insulation and integration on spacecraft 
  • Material treatments including grit blasting of metallic items before application of corrosion inhibiting primers and paints
  • Satellite mechanical engineerin

 

Portsmouth:

  • Perform the assembly and testing of satellite payloads.
  • Defining the engineering processes and review the quality of the tasks performed in the satellite assembly halls.
  • Perform the engineering, integration and testing of payload electronics assemblies.
  • Definition, procurement and testing of EEE components used within our electronic assemblies.
  • The testing of spacecraft materials and components in our materials laboratory.
  • Definition of the Payload assemblies, Spacecraft components and Payload test assemblies in our modern design office.
  • Test the build quality and design integrity of our products, to ensure they are suitable to survive the journey into space, using equipment to simulate the vibrations and shocks these products will endure during launch.

 

Minimum requirements:

  • At least five GCSEs (achieved or predicted) including a Grade 5/6 (B) in Maths and English.
  • An enthusiasm for engineering, which you will be able to demonstrate through your educational choices or hobbies. For example, you may have been part of an engineering club at school or perhaps you enjoy fixing mechanical and electrical things in your spare time.

 

Partner College/University:

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:

  • Oaklands College, Welwyn Garden City (Stevenage) or
  • CEMAST College, Lee-on-the-Solent (Portsmouth)

Helicopters (only)

 

Engineering Apprenticeship

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.

 

  • Year 1 and 2 (EASA CAT A Licence) The first two years are common to Avionic and Mechanical apprentices. The first 9 months are almost exclusively spent away from the AIRBUS (Helicopters) working environment with our training provider. Apprentices will work on helicopters and associated workshops, learning theoretical and practical engineering tasks with our training provider. This apprentice foundation phase will include two blocks of workplace training consisting of 18-20 days each working in a real world Part 145 AIRBUS (Helicopters) line, installation and maintenance environment. Apprentices will develop knowledge and competencies; delivered through classroom training, practical tasks assessed under Part 66 CAA regulations. Their competencies will be recorded in the MTEL (Maintenance Training Experience Log).

 

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.

 

  • Year 3 and 4 (EASA CAT A to CAT B) Approx. 462 days spent working in our maintenance and installation environment gaining experience for their CAP 741; with blocks of practical, off the job and theoretical training with our training provider. During this phase apprentices will develop knowledge and competencies delivered through classroom training, self-study, practical tasks assessed under Part 66 CAA regulations. Their competencies will be recorded in the MTEL (Maintenance Training Experience Log). Continuation of on the job training and assessment by mentors, culminating in a Competency Evaluation by AIRBUS (Helicopters).

 

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).

 

Minimum requirements:

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

Benefits

As an apprentice, you will always be rewarded for hard work. That’s why we will make sure you enjoy the following benefits:

An infographic showing key benefits for those applying to Airbus apprenticeship programme in the United Kingdom.

In addition:

  • Discretionary company success sharing bonus.
  • Optional participation in company share purchase schemes.

Managing your application

We want you to tell us about yourself in your application, so here is some useful information to help you.

At Airbus, quality is always a priority. We will be selecting applicants based on their qualifications and the quality of their applications. So, please take time to ensure your application is the best representation of you, your skills and experiences in connection with the role you have selected.


Please note:

  • You must also include a cover letter as part of your application that demonstrates your interest in space and motivation to join the apprenticeship programme.
  • You will also need to submit an up-to-date CV - this must include full details of your qualifications together with the grades achieved or predicted. 
  • Once you have submitted your application, you will not be able to make further amendments.


Contact:

Please let us know if you need us to make any adjustments to allow you to access and participate fully in the recruitment process. If you wish to discuss this further, please contact, via email, Apprentices@airbus.com. Any information disclosed will be treated in the strictest confidence.


Right to work in the UK:

In the UK, Airbus offers a range of apprenticeship opportunities to all candidates who meet the Airbus apprenticeship entry requirements.  Should you be successful during the Recruitment and Selection process, you will be legally required to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK and subject to a background check in line with our security requirements.

Our apprenticeship roles do not meet the minimum requirements set by UK Visas & Immigration to enable sponsorship of migrant workers. Therefore, we cannot progress applications from those who require sponsorship to work in the UK. We recommend that you review the available options to come to the UK on the Home Office website link.

 What happens next?

We always correspond via email, so please make sure you provide the right email address with your application and regularly check your inbox for any messages from us. Don’t forget to keep an eye on your spam filters now and again to make sure none of our emails slip through the net.

STEM Engagement

STEM Engagement with Young People

Airbus is proud to support schools and students in the local community and runs a number of initiatives to help promote STEM subjects. 

 

Stevenage & Portsmouth:

  • For Enquires into STEM Engagement at Stevenage & Portsmouth please contact outreach@airbus.com

 

Work Experience for Pupils

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. 

 

Eligibility

In order to take part participants must be in Years 10-13 and attend a school or college in the UK.

Engineering, Manufacturing and Management in Broughton & Filton

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 workexperience@airbus.com

Please note: we do not accept CV’s or Cover Letters. 

Defence and Space: Portsmouth and Stevenage

Unfortunately, our onsite Work Experience is suspended for this year and we are not able to take applications at this time.


Airbus offers work experience opportunities for 14-19 years old at its sites in Defence & Space.

If you still have some questions, you can contact us at outreach@airbus.com.

Please note: we do not accept CV’s or Cover Letters. 

A group photo of students in Airbus’ apprenticeship programme in the United Kingdom.
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