Apprenticeships 2019

Aerospace Engineer

Aerospace Engineers will work primarily within a specific Engineering discipline, such as Airframe, Design and Stress, Systems Integration, Support Engineering, Quality or Advanced Manufacturing/Manufacturing Engineering. They will focus on all aspects related to the full lifecycle of systems and products. Aerospace Engineers must comply with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements. They must be able to use and interpret engineering data and documentation such as engineering drawings, reports and computer generated models. They will be expected to work both individually and as part of an Engineering team, often comprising several disparate Engineering disciplines. They will be expected to design, develop, specify, analyse, test, validate and modify designs and solutions to satisfy Customer requirements and In-Service Operations.

You will be expected to be able to demonstrate a criteria of knowledge, skills and behaviours to meet the Aerospace Engineer Standard upon completion of your apprenticeship. Not only will this demonstrate competency in the job role but will complement wider business strategy and development and enable you to support your long term career development.

  • All aspects related to the full lifecycle of systems and products within a specific discipline
  • Comply with statutory regulations and organisational safety requirements.
  • You will be required to use and interpret engineering data and documentation such as engineering drawings, reports and computer generated models, this may be individually or as part of a team

An Aerospace Engineer will design, develop, specify, analyse, test, validate and modify designs and solutions to satisfy Customer requirements and In-Service Operations and so need to be proactive in solution finding for problems as well as identifying areas for improving the business.

Entry Requirements

  • Academic qualifications of 96 UCAS points or above at A-Level standard or equivalent, to include Maths plus at least one further STEM based subject such as Physics, ICT, Computing, Electronics.
  • You must have 5 GCSEs at Grade A*- C (4 – 9) including Mathematics, English Language and Double Science or equivalent.

Assembly Technician

The Land Systems division key capabilities include integrated workspaces, vehicle engineering, ground support equipment, simulators and many more. The core business provides innovative solutions to various military forces around the world. With a thriving site with Design, Development, Manufacture and Testing all based in Cambridge. We are committed to supporting and developing young people into engineering.

The apprenticeship involves an initial period spent in the training school learning basic hand skills required for the role. Alongside this, you will attend college on day release.  

Once you have graduated from the training school, you will undertake an approximately 6-month rotation around 12 departments within Land Systems. This includes weld, manufacturing, paint and design. This will give the apprentice a valuable opportunity to meet colleagues from around the business and to gain an understanding of the process from bids through to finished products.

After the rotations the apprentice will begin their competence qualification and will be based on the shop floor with a mentor. The goal is to become fully qualified as a skilled Mechanical Integration and Assembly Technician.

The work at Land Systems is extremely varied. It can involve prototyping, assembly and modifications through to maintenance of in service equipment. You will work as part of a varied multidisciplinary team, where you will develop invaluable skills. We pride ourselves in high quality solutions that meet or exceed the customer’s needs.

Once the apprenticeship has been completed, skilled Mechanical Integration and Assembly Technician are expected to be able to:

  • Understand the process of building a shelter structure and be competent in assembling the sub components.
  • Integrate and install common items of equipment such as ACU’s, IT racks, desks, CT scanners, machinery, antennas etc.
  • Work on a variety of different products ranging from vehicle installations, shelter construction and refurbishments.
  • Read and interpret approved engineering data (technical drawings, test plans, technical data, repair manuals etc.)
  • Perform modifications to equipment or parts
  • Perform maintenance to equipment, including refurbishment of shelters.
  • Meet the high standards of quality required.

Entry Requirements

  • You must have 5 GCSEs at Grade A*- C (4 – 9) including Mathematics, English Language and Double Science or equivalent.

Business Administrator

This is an exciting new role to undertake business administration duties in a busy office environment. The successful candidate will be involved with all aspects of administration and will gain an insight into the day to day business of aerospace engineering.

You will have a very high regard for accuracy and good attention to detail. The ability to work effectively within a team of professionals that have diverse skills, competencies and requirements, whilst operating independently with a flexible, responsive and proactive approach will be necessary.

  • Administrative support to our engineers and managers.
  • Carrying out confident and competent communications, both internal and external, by mail/email/telephone, etc.
  • Working efficiently with MS Office suite of software and other specialist software programs.
  • Producing and maintaining database files.
  • Liaising with external agencies
  • Attending and contributing to meetings as required.

The successful candidate will complete a Level 3 Business Administrator apprenticeship within the first two years of employment, or be looking to progress an existing Level 2 Business Administration qualification.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 5 GCSEs at Grade A*- C (4 – 9), including maths and English or equivalent

Engineering Technician

You will be expected to be able to demonstrate a criteria of knowledge, skills and behaviours to meet the Engineering Technician Standard upon completion of your apprenticeship. Not only will this demonstrate competency in the job role but will complement wider business strategy and development and enable you to support your long term career development.

Engineering Technicians in this industry are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex work and must as a minimum be able to:

  • Apply safe systems of working
  • Make a technical  contribution to a variety of processes or services
  • Apply proven techniques and procedures to solve engineering / manufacturing problems
  • demonstrate effective interpersonal skills in communicating both technical and non-technical information
  • Have a commitment to continued professional development

As an airframe fitter your job will be to provide the high levels of skills and knowledge to carry out maintenance, repairs and modification’s to a variety of aircraft contracted by customers to Marshall Aerospace, delivering aircraft back on time, in budget and with quality assured.

Duties will include:

  • Aircraft scheduled maintenance and servicing
  • Aircraft unscheduled maintenance, for example removal, refit and test of aircraft fuel, control systems and components.
  • Repairs to airframe structures
  • Aircraft modifications, for example major and minor modifications to aircraft airframes, systems and interiors.
  • Related duties, for example assistance in aircraft movements, operating ground equipment
  • Contract working parties, this relates to the need for Marshall to carry out maintenance repairs and modifications to customers aircraft anywhere in  the world.

As an airframe fitter, your job has a very high level of quality control to maintain aircraft safety to regulatory standards. There is a requirement for you to have a developed understanding of Marshall processes and procedures to be compliant.

Entry Requirements

  • You must have 5 GCSEs at Grade A*- C (4 – 9) including Mathematics, English Language and Double Science or equivalent

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I would really recommend the Foundation degree route to people looking to get into aircraft maintenance.
Charles Moorey, - Foundation Degree in Aerospace Engineering (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul)

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?

No.

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.