Apprenticeships with Airbus
There are a wide range of Airbus Apprenticeship roles available at the company’s 25 sites across the UK. Airbus Apprenticeship roles are available in a variety of Engineering and Commercial roles in the company’s four key divisions: Commercial Aircraft, Helicopters, Defence and Security, and Space.
The United Kingdom is a founding nation of the Airbus consortium and one of the company’s four home markets. Building on a proud 100-year British aviation heritage, every wing on Airbus commercial aircraft is designed and manufactured in the UK. In fact, more than 1,000 wings are produced every year at the Airbus site in Broughton.
Broughton, home to more than 6,000 Airbus employees, has a proud tradition of aerospace manufacturing going back three-quarters of a century, having produced aviation classics such as De Havilland’s Comet and Mosquito. The site focuses primarily on manufacturing but also houses engineering and support functions such as procurement and finance.
Airbus has invested more than £2 billion in the Broughton plant over the past 10 years. Core activities at Filton, where an additional 4,000 people work, are the design, engineering and support for Airbus wings, fuel systems and landing gear. Teams also work on aerodynamics research, development and test facilities.
Airbus employs more than 15,000 people in the UK, with an advanced technology industrial base stretching the length and breadth of the country from Aberdeen to Portsmouth. The Airbus Apprenticeship programme has also trained more than 4,000 Apprentices in the last 10 years. Airbus also has collaboration agreements with more than 20 British universities.
Airbus’ diverse product line includes everything from passenger jetliners to freighters and private jets. Ranging in size from 100-seat jetliners to the double-deck A380 that is capable of transporting 600 passengers, the total versatility of Airbus’ product line allows it to offer a variety of tailored solutions to meet the needs of any airline and their market.
Airbus’ helicopter activity is headquartered in Oxfordshire – Britain’s civil helicopter hub – from where the company provides the country’s premium rotary wing aircraft solutions. With sites in Aberdeen, Belfast, Hawarden and Oxford, Airbus provides helicopter design, manufacturing, support, maintenance as well as training to its customers.
At Airbus’ Filton site, in addition to its work on commercial aircraft, the facility also is responsible for wing assembly and equipping the Airbus A400M multi-role airlifter. At its site in Newport, south Wales, Airbus specialises in secure information services, and cyber solutions, as well as the security of critical infrastructure in the UK, serving as key partners in government and NATO-led information infrastructure programmes.
A total of 4,000 people based in Portsmouth and Stevenage support the UK’s military satellite communications services to the country’s armed forces, including mobile voice, video, internet and broadcast communications. Delivered through the Skynet 5 constellation, these services also meet the needs of other military and government users, including NATO.
In addition to the Airbus Apprenticeship roles summarised here, the company also offers a range of Graduate Jobs:
To learn more about other Aviation Apprenticeships, read our blog:
Roles Available with Airbus
The Airbus Apprenticeship programme has a wide range of Engineering and Business roles in various departments, including:
- Digital & Technology Solutions
- Customer Services
Defence and Space:
- Craft: Aero Structures, Aero Systems, Plant Service Centre, and Machining
Education Requirements for Airbus
The Education Requirements for an Airbus Apprenticeship will vary according to the specific role for which you are applying. However, here are some general guidelines:
- Engineering: 2 A Levels in Maths and Physics. *
- Digital & Technology Solutions: 3 A Levels including Maths and IT. *
- Business: 2 A Levels in Business Studies and a related subject, such as IT, Economics, English or Maths. *
- Finance: 3 A Levels in Maths, and either Economics, Business Studies or IT. *
- Craft: 6 GCSEs including Maths, English, Science and Physics.
- Customer Services: 6 GCSEs including Maths, English, Science and Physics.
Defence and Space:
- Craft: 5 GCSEs including Maths and English.
- Engineering: 5 GCSEs including Maths and English.
- Engineering: 3 GCSEs in Maths, Physics and English.
* Please note: Airbus Apprenticeship roles in Commercial Aircraft also require 6 GCSEs including Maths, English, Science and Physics, in addition to the A Levels indicated above.
When can I apply for an apprenticeship at Airbus?
Candidates interested in an Airbus Apprenticeship should refer to the company’s website for the application dates for the current vacancies.