Aeronautical Engineering Apprentice AIRTANKER SERVICES LIMITED

This is an exciting opportunity to join a 4-year apprenticeship programme, leading to a nationally recognised Level 3 apprenticeship qualification in Aeronautical Engineering.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 31 May 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    year 2 - £19600 year 3 - £19600 year 4 - £25000 Subject to review

  • Working week

    8.30am - 5.00pm Monday - Friday (Years 1 and 2). Shift pattern - (Years 3 and 4).

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    04 Sep 2023

  • Date posted

    22 Feb 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    6 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • For the first 9 months, you will spend your time with our training partner Resource Group studying for your UK CAA Part-66 Category A1 Licence modules, coupled with hands on practical experience in dedicated workshops and a training hangar facility. You will be accommodated by AirTanker in fully funded lakeside lodges at the Cotswold Water Park near Cirencester
  • Months 10-48 will be spent with AirTanker based at RAF Brize Norton, furthering the skills you have developed with Resource Group and gaining valuable  maintenance experience for you to be able to complete your Level 3 NVQ portfolio and achieve End Point Assessment. Years 3 and 4 you will be assigned to a dedicated shift, to gain a deeper understanding of the Airbus A330 Line and Base Maintenance environments under the direct supervision of a qualified Mentor and Engineer

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • To complete a programme of Foundation Training including a portfolio of evidence to the standard required by the Level 3 NVQ in Aeronautical Engineering
  • To become proficient in the application and use of a wide range of hand tools and test equipment
  • Gain experience in aircraft maintenance activities as directed by the appointed Mentor under the supervision of a Technician or Certifying B1/B2Licenced Engineer
  • Ensure that all duties are carried out in a safe and professional manner and in accordance with Health and Safety regulations, company procedures and the approved documentation
  • Control of any material or company equipment provided for the task and the cleanliness of the working area
  • Be personally responsible for delivering a safe service in all facets of the role in line with the requirements of the ATrS SMS, Quality and Environmental Management Systems. This Includes maintaining awareness of the company safety and quality policies and the applicable hazard analysis
  • If in possession a full UK driving licence, drive and/or operate company provided MTGSE as appropriate and on successful completion of an approved training course

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

AirTanker offer an exciting engineering career path and upon successful completion of your Apprenticeship, there may be opportunities as a fully qualified Technician with our Line and Base Maintenance teams, as a fully qualified Technician with future Licensed Technician and potential Shift Management prospects. In addition, we offer the ability to see the world in a way that few people experience, as an RAF Sponsored Reservist. Life as a Sponsored Reservist role presents an exciting and unique opportunity to combine both a civilian and a RAF military career.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English, Maths, Science + 2 optional (Grade 4) Essential

Things to consider

This is a very hands on apprenticeship and requires someone looking for a physical role. There will be extensive periods of study during the initial 2 years, requiring self discipline and dedication.

About the employer

About AirTanker; AirTanker is one of the world’s most exciting aviation innovations and we offer a diverse range of roles in our unique environment, based in the heart of the picturesque Cotswolds.




Airtanker Hub Raf Brize Norton


OX18 3LX


Nathan Glasspool

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Training provider


Apprenticeship standard

Engineering technician

Level 3 (A level)

Employer's Application Instructions

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

Apply now

Closing date: 31 May 2023