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: 29 Feb 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    £17000 to £19000 Bonuses are applicable at milestones throughout the apprenticeship.

  • Working week

    Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm

    Total hours per week: 37

  • Expected duration

    48 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    05 Dec 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 3 (A level)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    12 available

What you will do in your working day

  • To complete a programme of Foundation Training including a portfolio of evidence to the standard required by the Level 3 NVQ in Aeronautical Engineering.
  • Complete End Point Assessment for the Level 3 Aeronautical Apprenticeship Standard. 
  • To become proficient in the application and use of a wide range of hand tools, and test equipment.
  • Gain aircraft hands-on experience in both Line and Base maintenance activities as directed by the appointed Mentor under the supervision of a Technician or Certifying B1/B2 Licenced Engineer.
  • Ensure that all duties are carried out in a safe and professional manner and in accordance with Health & 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 vehicles and GSE as appropriate and on successful completion of an approved training course.

The training you will be getting

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 to expect at the end of your 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, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Analytical skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


GCSE or equivalent English, Maths and Science (Grade 4) Essential

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

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Training provider


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 technician

Level 3 (A level)

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: 29 Feb 2024