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Aerospace Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

GKN Aerospace, Golf Course Lane, Filton, BS34 7QS
£17,477.00 annually
Closing date
4 Feb 2023

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Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
What will the apprentice be doing?

Examples of target occupations / functions listed below:

Design Engineering - Design Engineers are involved from the early phases of concept development right through to design, supporting in-service product repairs and upgrades. You will work closely with our customers to provide innovative solutions to a variety of wing related components, sub-assemblies & complex integrated assemblies.

Analysis - Analysis Engineers work closely with all engineering functions. Key activities include loadsets, sizing, optimisation, strength, & test reports.

Manufacturing Engineering - Manufacturing Engineers operate across the whole business, from product concepts through to design, procurement, manufacturing and end-product support. As a Manufacturing Engineer you will work closely with Design, Engineering, Operations, Procurement, Customers & Suppliers to achieve world class cost, quality & delivery objectives.

Key Responsibilities:
  • To observe the company's terms and conditions of employment
  • In both work and training, be diligent and punctual and attend courses, keep records and take tests to be determined by the company in order to achieve the training objectives and quality gates
  • To behave in a responsible manner and in accordance with the requirements of Health & Safety legislation relating to the individual's responsibilities
  • To promote the company's name and image with respect and diplomacy
  • To successfully complete all activities documented in the Aerospace Engineer Degree Apprentice Training Agreement

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Apprentice Programme Structure:

Year 1: The majority of your first year will be working offsite at college. Towards the end of the first year, you will undertake a return to site induction followed by onsite GKN training.

Years 2 & 3: You will undertake Business Familiarisation, which involves working to a rotation plan in Design, Analysis, Materials & Processes, Component/ Assembly Production, Manufacturing Engineering and Quality. All work carried out within placement areas will be recorded in work packs. These will be reviewed monthly with your GKN Training Advisor. You will return to college/university on day-release to continue studying in the classroom for your Degree.

Year 4: You will be assigned to your final placement and will spend the year specialising in this area. You will also finalise your Degree and Level Four Competence Qualification during this time, as well as completion of your End Point Assessment.

Mandatory Qualifications:
  • Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence)
  • Level 6 Bachelor Honours Degree (BEng) Stipulated by the employer and accredited by an Engineering Council licenced Professional Engineering Institution

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Progression to full time role after completion, but this is not guaranteed.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative


A Level or equivalent Maths (Grade C) Essential
A Level or equivalent Physics or Chemistry (Grade C) Essential
BTEC or equivalent Level 3 Extended Diploma in Engineering (Grade Merit or Distinction) Essential

Things to consider

Please note: for engineering equivalent qualifications you must specify units contained within the qualification and also specify the grading achieved for each unit I.e. Pass / Merit/ Distinction. Also Level 3 Tech Extended Diploma Qualifications must contain Further Mathematics and Mechanical Principles units. Failure to give this level of detail will result in your application being automatically rejected.

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