RAF Brize Norton Level 3 Craft Electrical/Avionic Apprentice or Craft Mechanical Apprentice

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group invite applicants to undertake a 4 year Apprenticeship scheme based at RAF Brize Norton.

The first 2 years of the Scheme will be split between full-time residential learning with the Resource Group Aviation Technical Training (LRTT Ltd) at Cotswold Airport, with accommodation provided locally. The practical hand skills training element will be undertaken at Cotswold Airport including maintenance experience on aircraft.  The remainder of the aircraft maintenance experience will be completed at RAF Brize Norton. At the end of these 2 years, candidate will be qualified to EASA Part 66 CAT A1 and have completed the requirements of the Apprenticeship Standards for Aircraft Maintenance fitter / technician (fixed wing).  Candidates will then complete a further 2 years of training to become skilled aircraft fitters in their chosen specialism in either Electrical/Avionic (Electrical/Avionics Fitter) or Mechanical (Airframe/Propulsion Fitter).

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group work alongside the RAF at Brize Norton as part of the Hercules Integrated Operational Support contract undertaking both scheduled, unscheduled and repairs to the C130J Hercules aircraft.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at Scores 4-9 (A*-C) which must include Maths, English and Science

Subjects Covered

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


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This course appealed to me because of the link with the Marshall Company which gave added benefit. The course has shown me how important safety and quality are for the sector and it has given me more understanding of civil industry and military requirements.
Kevul Patel, - 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?


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.