Posted: Tue 20th Sep 2016

Airbus doubles this years intake of apprentices to 100

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016


Airbus has welcomed more than 100 apprentices at its UK sites in Broughton and Filton, Bristol – more than doubling the numbers taken on in previous years.

The new starters include craft apprentices, who are training to become qualified aircraft fitters, and undergraduate apprentices who will study for a bachelor’s degree while also gaining practical work experience within the business.

Airbus’ UK General Manager and human resources director Mark Stewart explained the increase in apprentice numbers for 2016.

“We’ve always been heavily committed to early careers schemes at Airbus in the UK, but the success of our aircraft programmes means that we will be ramping up production in the coming years and we’re preparing now for this future increase in output.

“At Filton we are working with the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) on a number of new and exciting future projects which will shape the way we fly in the years and decades to come, as well as further developing our existing products.

[miptheme_quote author=”Mark Stewart Airbus UK General Manager and HR Director.” style=”boxquote text-center”] “Everyone starting their aerospace career today will have a role to play in what the future of flight looks like.”[/miptheme_quote]

Some 95 of the new starters will be based at Broughton where the wings for the entire range of Airbus family aircraft are assembled. Of these, 75 will be craft apprentices while a further 17 will be on the undergraduate programme and three join the Supply Chain Higher Apprenticeship programme.

A further 10 apprentices will start on the undergraduate programme in Filton, and will be working closely with a large team of engineers designing and developing wings, fuel systems and landing gear for aircraft.

Over the last five years alone Airbus has trained 500 external apprentices and a further 300 internal apprenticeships. Internal apprentices are existing employees that have an apprenticeship paid for by Airbus to help them develop an entirely new skillset.

Airbus offers a range of early careers schemes, including paid internships, work experience, and graduate programmes. Our apprenticeship programmes in the UK are:

  • Undergraduate Apprenticeship (Engineering) – This sponsored degree is a specialist programme designed to develop high level aeronautical engineering skills.  It leads to a BEng Aerospace Engineering (Manufacturing) in the third year, and combines job-related and academic training. Participants can also achieve a professional IEng level qualification. (At present the apprentice would earn around £50,000 during the 38 month apprenticeship).
  • Undergraduate Apprenticeship (Manufacturing Business Support) – This sponsored degree enables you to work in various Business areas supporting the construction of the wings, such as Industrial Planning and Lean Management.  It leads to a BA (Honours) in Leadership and Management, as well as professional accreditation with the ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management).
  • Undergraduate Apprenticeship (Finance) – Leading to a degree equivalent certification and professional accreditation with the Chartered Institute of Management Accounts (CIMA), this programme will equip participants with the right qualifications and practical experience to kick-start their careers in Finance.
  • Higher Supply Chain Logistics apprenticeship – Supply chain logistics support the integrated supply chains within all areas of the business. It manages the supply base of hundreds of external suppliers responsible for parts and materials consumed during the manufacture process. The programme leads to Level 2 Foundation Apprenticeship and NVQ in Logistics Operations Management as well as a CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply) Certificate Level 5.
  • Craft Apprenticeship – Through a Craft Apprenticeship you can become a skilled craftsman e.g. Aero Structures / Aero Systems / Plant Services Centre.  During the 38 month apprenticeship you would be expected to complete both academic and vocational qualifications to satisfy the frameworks.


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