In the United Kingdom

Applications for our 2018 UK Apprenticeship Programme will open on 16th October 2017.

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

Apprenticeships

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

Our apprenticeship programmes in the UK last 3 to 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 DEGREE APPRENTICESHIP (COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT)

Our Engineering Degree Apprenticeship runs over a three or four year period and combines academic and vocational studies in aerospace engineering, with industry-based work at one of our UK sites. You will attend one of our partner universities to study for your BEng Honours Degree in Aerospace Engineering.

Minimum requirements

  • At least two A Levels (or equivalent) at grade B or above in Maths and grade C or above in Physics. An Engineering Level 3 qualification at triple Distinction grade can be accepted as an alternative to A Levels.
  • A minimum of six GSCEs (or equivalent) at grade C or 4 which should include Maths, English Language and Science (Core and Additional). If your Science qualification was taken as single subjects one of these must be Physics. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

Partner College / University

The study element of this apprenticeship will take place at Swansea University and Coleg Cambria for Broughton based apprentices, or the University of the West of England and City of Bristol College for Filton based apprentices. 

DIGITAL & TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS DEGREE APPRENTICESHIP (COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT)

Through this four year programme you will achieve a BSc Honours Degree in Digital and Technical Solutions and gain professional working experience. You'll be working within a multi-disciplinary team on products and solutions to keep the Airbus IT industrial landscape running smoothly, reliably and efficiently.

Minimum requirements

  • At least three A Levels (or equivalent) at grade B or above preferably in subjects such as Maths and IT. A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with minimum triple Distinction can be accepted as an alternative to A Levels.
  • A minimum of six GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or 4 which should include Maths, English Language and Science (Core and Additional). If your Science qualification was taken as single subjects one of these must be Physics.

Partner College / University

The study element of this apprenticeship will take place at Weston College. Your degree will be provided by the University of the West of England.

 

BUSINESS APPRENTICESHIP (COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT)

We offer business apprenticeships focused on business management, industrial development and supply chain functions. This 3 to 4 years Apprenticeship combines academic study with on-the-job experience at our Airbus site in Broughton, North Wales.

Dependant on the programme followed this can lead to a degree - BA (Honours) in Leadership and Management - or an equivalent qualification. Professional accreditation can be achieved with the ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) or for Supply Chain Logistics with CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply) Certificate Level 5 (with the option to go to Level 6 which is equivalent to a degree). All apprentices study towards ILM Level 4 Diploma in Principles of Leadership and Management and ILM Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Management.

Minimum requirements

  • At least two A Levels at grade B or above in Business Studies and a related subject such as IT, Economics, English language or Maths, or A Business BTEC Extended Diploma minimum triple Distinction can be accepted as an alternative to the two A Levels.
  • A minimum of six GCSEs at grade C or 4 including Maths, English and Science (core and additional) amongst others.

Partner College / University

The study element of this apprenticeship will take place at Chester University and Coleg Cambria.

Apprentices on the Supply Chain programme will study at Bangor University and Coleg Cambria.

FINANCE APPRENTICESHIP (COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT)

Leading to degree equivalent certification and professional accreditation with the CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) and ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) Level 4 Diploma in Principles of Leadership and Management and ILM Level 4  NVQ Diploma in Management This programme will equip you with the right academic qualifications and practical experience to kick-start a brilliant career in Finance.

Minimum requirements

  • At least three A levels (or equivalent) at grade B or above in Maths and two other related subjects such as Further Maths, Economics, Business Studies or IT.
  • Six GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C or 4 including Maths, English and Science (Core and Additional).

Partner College / University

The study element of this apprenticeship will take place at Coleg Cambria for Broughton based apprentices, or the University of the West of England for Filton based apprentices. Your qualifications will be accredited and awarded by BPP.

CRAFT APPRENTICESHIP (COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT)

Through a Craft Apprenticeship, you can become one of the skilled craftspeople working hands on with our innovative products. There are four pathways to our Craft Apprenticeships; Aircraft Structures, Aircraft Systems, Plant Services and Machining. Each one combines college study with practical training and experience along with a regular salary.

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 4 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 Engineering BTEC Level 2, Engineering Diploma, Principle Learning, PEO Level 2 and Pathways to Apprenticeships as the two other GCSEs.

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 6 in Maths, or alternatively, a grade C or 4 in Maths with a BTEC Level 2 in Engineering.
  • Grade C or 4 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 Engineering BTEC Level 2, Engineering Diploma, Principle Learning, PEO Level 2 and Pathways to Apprenticeships as the two other GCSEs.

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 6 in Maths, or alternatively, a grade C or 4 in Maths with a BTEC Level 2 in Engineering.
  • Grade C or 4 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 Engineering BTEC Level 2, Engineering Diploma, Principle Learning, PEO Level 2 and Pathways to Apprenticeships as the two other GCSEs.

Machining

This programme will lead to you becoming a Skilled Machinist working on CNC machines manufacturing skin panels and stringers for various Airbus Commercial Aircraft.

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

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

  • Grade C or 4 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 Engineering BTEC Level 2, Engineering Diploma, Principle Learning, PEO Level 2 and Pathways to Apprenticeships as the two other GCSEs.

Partner College / University

The study element of this apprenticeship will take place at Coleg Cambria for Broughton based apprentices, or City of Bristol College for Filton based apprentices. 

CRAFT APPRENTICESHIP (DEFENCE AND SPACE)

Airbus 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.

Years 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.

Minimum requirements:

You must have or be predicted at least 5 GCSE’s with a Grade C or 4 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.

ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIP (DEFENCE AND SPACE)

Airbus 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. 

Years 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.

Minimum requirements:
You must have or be predicted at least 5 GCSE’s with a Grade B or 6 in Maths and a Grade C or 4 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.

ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIP (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.

APPLICATION PROCESS

BENEFITS

As an apprentice, you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • 25 days (or equivalent in hours) annual leave
  • Company pension (subject to eligibility)
  • Discretionary company success sharing bonus
  • Optional participation in exceptional performance awards
  • Academic and on the job training
  • Optional participation in company share purchase schemes.

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.

LEARNING OUTSIDE OF THE WORKPLACE (COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT)

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.

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Education outreach activities in the UK

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In an increasingly technological society, being skilled in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is a valuable asset to have and can lead to exciting and rewarding career choices.  Students often overlook them, yet they form a skill-set that is in high demand by employers.

Airbus wants to encourage school pupils everywhere to be inspired and motivated by the STEM subjects, and what can be achieved through them.

In the UK, Airbus supports and runs numerous outreach activities with school pupils, either through national events or local activities. The aim is to motivate them to become the engineers of the future.

Airbus in the UK

We work in partnership with the Engineering Development Trust (EDT) to deliver a programme of activities to local schools. Through the EDT we are an Industrial Cadets (IC) employer enabling us to have a direct influence on the development of skills in young people aged 11-19. Our aim is to build a future talent pool, as well as raise aspirations and career awareness. 

By working closely with local schools we encourage pupils to take an interest in STEM subjects and help them to develop their employability skills. Students can gain a unique insight into industry through our Industrial Cadets programmes, building their skills and knowledge whilst being mentored by industry role models.

The Industrial Cadets flexible framework allows us to a run Bronze and Silver level programmes. Once successfully complete, the pupils taking part will then graduate as Industrial Cadets, becoming part of a national accreditation network.

How You Can Get Involved With Airbus in the UK

Airbus recognises the value of preparing pupils for the world of work and is keen to support pupils who are interested in a career in the aerospace industry. We participate in numerous events, detailed in the table below. These events have a strong emphasis on STEM subjects and are aimed at pupils from primary school age through to A-level, whilst others are aimed specifically at pupils seeking a career with Airbus.

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