Advanced Apprenticeships


As one of the largest and most versatile Aerospace and Defence companies, we appreciate the importance and value created by apprenticeships and have delivered engineering training programmes and apprenticeships for more than 90 years.

Each year we offer places in a variety of engineering specialisms on our Advanced Apprenticeship programme. It is a competitive selection process but for those who make it onto our career launching apprenticeships, the opportunity to train on the job and be paid while you learn is hard to match.

In 2019, the following apprenticeships will be offered

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Assembly Technician
  • Business Administrator
  • Engineering Technician

Delivery Locations

All training is currently delivered at our Cambridge facility. Our apprentices are based at the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group site here in Cambridge, with the initial foundation training undertaken in a dedicated workshop. After this initial training, you will transfer to the main work place to learn from experienced engineers.

What you will learn

Along with extensive hands-on experience, our apprenticeships cover:

  • Electrical/mechanical skills
  • Practical and theoretical engineering knowledge
  • Company systems knowledge, national and international regulations
  • Health and safety regulations and behaviour training

Future Prospects

Apprentices are professionally trained to become highly skilled in aircraft mechanical or electrical/avionics trades or skilled fitters on military shelters/equipment or mechanical or electrical/avionics design engineers. Some apprentices go on to study for degrees and other professional engineering qualifications. All of our apprentices have the potential to become top engineering professionals at Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group.


The use of Marshall’s extensive education and training facilities also adds a unique dimension to our offer as an establishing UTC.
Alan McMurdo, Principal Designate GPUTC - Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a work based training programme which combines formal learning and on the job training within a specific sector.

The Apprenticeship is made up of 4 elements which make up the framework. They are as follows:

  • A technical certificate – the learner is able to demonstrate achievement of the technical knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts of the industry and its market, relevant to the skill, trade or occupation (traditionally classroom based learning)
  • A competence based qualification – the learner is able to demonstrate competence in performing the skill, trade or occupation (work based learning)
  • Functional or Key Skills in English and Maths – the learner may need to sit short separate assessments if they haven’t already met the minimum grade from an existing qualification they took (e.g. G.C.S.E English & Maths)
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities (embedded within the competence based qualification) – the learner is able to demonstrate that they know and understand areas such as the range of employer and employee statutory rights and responsibilities under employment law, health and safety and equality and diversity procedures and documentation for their organisation

Is there an upper age limit?


How do I become an apprentice?

As an apprentice you need to be employed for at least 30 hours per week which is spread over a minimum of four days in the workplace. ‘Classroom’ sessions are in addition to the time spent in the workplace.

Why choose an Apprenticeship?

You can earn while you learn, and learn in a way that’s best suited to you through hands-on, on the job experience.

The key benfits are:

  • Gaining a qualification
  • Earning a salary
  • Learning job-specific skills
  • Getting paid holidays
  • Learning alongside industry experts

Who is eligible to become an apprentice?

An individual will be able to undertake an Apprenticeship if they are 16 years or over and NOT already taking part in full-time education and are living in England.

How long does the Apprenticeship take?

The length of the training will vary depending on your prior skills and knowledge level. However, we estimate that a period of up to 4 years is required to complete our Apprenticeship. Nearly all of this time will be spent in the workplace.

How is the Apprenticeship delivered and assessed?

The Apprenticeships are designed to allow the majority of the learning and assessment to occur in the workplace. The National Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering  will be delivered in classroom sessions, via our education professionals who are highly qualified in the aviation industry, held at AeroAcademy. Other specialist qualifications will be held at college. These training sessions are normally undertaken one day a week.