Apprenticeships are a popular choice for people aged 16 or above, looking for on the job training and the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification.
An apprenticeship in aeronautical engineering will develop your employability skills and provide you with valuable skills and experience working in an engineering environment.
You must be working in an engineering environment, working a minimum of 30 hours per week, and have a contract of employment.
Apprenticeship vacancies can be found at www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk
Aerospace engineers work on the development of aircraft and related technology. As an aerospace engineer, you could work in research and development, testing or production and maintenance. You would also be involved with estimating project costs and timescales, attending meetings, writing technical reports and manuals, and giving presentations to managers and clients.
To gain the full apprenticeship you will work towards the following qualifications:
Optional units can include:
You will need to demonstrate an interest in working in the engineering sector.
A minimum prior achievement of Level 2 is required. Many candidates will have completed a Level 2 apprenticeship in engineering, or a level 2 or Level 3 full time course in engineering. Otherwise candidates will need to have achieved or be expected to achieve minimum grade B in Maths, minimum grade C in English and one science, plus two further GCSEs at minimum grade C. However you will be given an initial assessment in Maths and English and an interview to determine suitability for the level 3 course.
All applicants applying for an apprenticeship will be required to attend an interview and undertake initial assessments.
You will attend college full time for one academic year, and you may spend time in the workplace outside of college terms. You will then attend college for two further academic years for one day per week, and spend the remaining four days per week in the workplace.
You will need to compile a portfolio of evidence within the workplace, which will be reviewed and assessed by an assessor through regular workplace visits, in order to achieve the NVQ in Aeronautical Engineering.
If you have not achieved GCSE Grade C or above in ICT (or Grade 4 and above in the new grading scheme) you will be required to achieve Level 2 functional skills.
You may find opportunities with major airline operators in their own engineering divisions. You could also work with smaller engineering companies that are sub-contracted to the larger aerospace firms and manufacturers. With experience, you could specialise in a particular field, for example aerodynamics, fuel efficiency or space technology. You could also move up to become a project manager or consultant aerospace engineer.
Starting salaries for qualified technicians can be between £20,000 - £26,000 a year.