V01853 - Higher Apprentice Air Technician Manufacturing Engineering BAE SYSTEMS PLC

You will be trained in both practical and theory-based engineering and in addition, learning the basics in such things as electrical circuits, aircraft fitting, fabrication, flight line awareness, machining, carbon fibre and Computer Aided Design.

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

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Closing date: 28 Feb 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    This pay rate is above National Minimum Wage

    We offer a competitive salary with annual increases throughout the apprenticeship and a range of employee benefits including, free higher education as well as access to the Company pension and Share Incentive plan.

  • Working week

    Exact working days and hours TBC

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    09 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    29 Nov 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    4 available

What you will do in your working day

Learning and contributing to the business, by completing numerous placements in either Facilities Management, Production, Manufacturing Engineering, Infrastructure and Estates.

You will be trained to demonstrate:  

  • Safe systems of working
  • A technical contribution to the design, development, test, integration and support of products, equipment, systems, processes or services
  • Proven techniques and procedures to solve engineering/manufacturing problems
  • Effective interpersonal skills in communicating both technical and non-technical information
  • A commitment to continued professional development

During the scheme, there will be a number of opportunities to ‘stretch’ yourself such as getting involved in recruitment events, STEM activities and charity projects.

The training you will be getting

Your qualification will be taught with our in-house college at the Academy of Skills & Knowledge.

  • Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Competence) – Technical Support
  • Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (Development Knowledge)
  • Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing

You will also be encouraged to become accredited to a professional institution such as the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), Institute of Workplace & Facilities Management (IWFM) or Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). On completion you will be assessed against the competency requirements for a Manufacturing Technician (ManTech).

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Around 95% of apprentices choose to stay on with us. And as a global business there are a world of opportunities - whether you decide to stay in the UK, or explore an overseas role.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Organisation skills, Team working


GCSE or equivalent 5 GCSEs Including Mathematics, Science and English (Grade A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent)) Essential
BTEC or equivalent Engineering Subject or equivalent (Grade 90+ UCAS Tariff points) Essential

About the employer

At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions. We employ a skilled workforce of more than 93,000 people in around 40 countries. Working with customers and local partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture, and support products and systems to deliver military capability, protect national security, and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.




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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Engineering manufacturing technician

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

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

Apply now

Closing date: 28 Feb 2024