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Airport Operations Apprentice

Manchester Airports Group
Manchester Airport, Manchester
£20,000 + 17.5% shift allowance
Closing date
3 Jul 2023

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Engineering & Aerospace
Role Type
Start Date
18-24 months

Job Details

  • Location: Manchester Airport
  • Function: Airport Operations
  • Role: Airport Operations Apprentice
  • Starting Salary: £20,000 + 17.5% shift allowance


The Airport Operations Apprenticeship truly transforms the game. It offers you the chance to immerse yourself in the dynamic world of airport operations, mastering the art of impactful management, adhering to regulations, and ensuring travellers have an exceptional journey. The best part? On completion, you won't just acquire invaluable skills, but also earn a foundation degree, paving the way for an exciting future. This opportunity is great for those who want to avoid student debt and take a different route to continuing further education. It's all about stepping up, showcasing your abilities, and forging a promising career.


Contract Information:

  • Initial 24-month temporary employment contract
  • Permanent offer subject to successful completion of apprenticeship
  • Planned salary increases during programme at key milestones


About the Apprenticeship:

  • Apprentices will complete a Level 4 Aviation Operations Management Apprenticeship with Trafford College - Click here for more information.
  • Training will be a mix of practical and classroom-based learning.
  • This programme will specialise in Passenger Operations and feature modules on Ground Handling


About the Role:
You will work closely with the Operations Management team and other departments to gain a broad understanding of the airport operation. Throughout the program, you will have access to a range of training opportunities to develop your skills and knowledge further.

As you progress through the Airfield, Baggage Handling, Landside, and the Terminals, you will build a vast range of knowledge of Manchester Airport’s operations, all while developing a big network of colleagues from all around the business. An opportunity like this means that once you have completed your apprenticeship you will be a key asset in the operation with the ability to apply for internal positions that best fit you or for our internal management development programme.

What will make you successful in this role?
We’re actively encouraging people from all backgrounds to apply for this role. If you're successful, you'll be someone with a keen eye for detail, great organisational skills, and the ability to work on tasks independently while keeping to deadlines. You'll be a natural at building and maintaining relationships with both colleagues and customers and feel at ease chatting with people from all walks of life. We're on the lookout for individuals who are interested in aviation, keen to learn, and have a positive attitude.

Minimum Requirements:

  • You must have a minimum of 80 UCAS points (A Levels/ HND/HNC/ BTEC, or other equivalent).
  • A medical check will be needed for this role – this will be arranged by Manchester Airport.


What benefits can we offer?

  • A career path into Airport Operations and opportunity to progress onto an internal management development programme
  • 24 days holidays plus bank holidays
  • 6% company contribution pension
  • Subsidised public transport.
  • A wide range of company discounts
  • Four weeks of free Metrolink travel to/from work
  • Four weeks of free Bus travel with Stagecoach to/from work


Equal Opportunities & Reasonable Adjustments:
MAG values diversity & inclusion for all. We are committed to creating a workforce reflective of our society and welcome applications from candidates from all diverse backgrounds. If you require any reasonable adjustments to aid your application or interview process, please email

How to Apply and Selection Process

  • Online application by 3rd July 2023 by visiting
  • Online testing & pre-recorded video questions: This test helps us (and you) to identify your key strengths and understand if they align to our strengths and values.
  • The final stage of the application process will include a face-to-face interview.


MAG is a leading UK airport group. We own and operate Manchester, London Stansted, and East Midlands airports. Our roles give you the opportunity to take on real work with a real impact, and to benefit from world-class training. Our airports are so much more than the place where your holiday starts! Contributing more than £3bn to the UK economy, our airports are 24/7 self-contained towns, with 6 million square feet of office space, high street shops, cafes, restaurants, parking, event locations and hotels (to name just some of our services). We will support the business in finding smarter ways to grow again, taking the opportunity to review, redesign or even replace the previous ways of working to ensure we are stronger post pandemic than we were before.

Find Us
0161 662 1063
Olympic House
Manchester Airport
Greater Manchester
M90 1QX
United Kingdom

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