AirTanker's Ground Operations Apprenticeship Scheme

AirTanker is delighted to be offering an opportunity to become part of our unique company, supporting the Royal Air Force and Commercial Airlines in Operations around the world.  Dedicated to investing in our future, we aim to create a dynamic new workforce of young individuals via our Ground Operations’ Apprenticeships.

The Ground Operations’ Apprentice will work through a Level 3 Aviation Ground Specialist Apprenticeship, specifically designed to foster the core knowledge, technical disciplines, skills and behaviours needed to provide a valuable kick start to an exciting aviation career.

In conjunction with the government standard learning workshops and assignments, the successful individual will be supported throughout the 18-month apprenticeship scheme.  Support will be provided by both the AirTanker Ground Operations Management Team and a registered Apprenticeship Training Provider, through 3-way learner reviews and distance learning.

Following the 18-month apprenticeship there may be an opportunity to secure a further 12 months fixed term contract with AirTanker. This will allow you to put the skills and knowledge gained throughout the apprenticeship into practice, with the possibility to specialise in a particular discipline or skillset.

AirTanker has a proven history of providing highly valued apprenticeship opportunities, with a high percentage of previous apprentices going on to permanent employment.

Job Role

During a comprehensive on-the-job training package, the successful individual will gain insight and an understanding of the varied and complex processes of operating wide bodied A330-200 aircraft safely around the globe, often in challenging and demanding conditions.

Some of the subjects covered throughout training will be:

• Safety
• Security
• Compliance and Legislation
• Communication
• Interpersonal Skills
• Aviation Systems (Flight Planning, Aircraft Performance, Mass and Balance, etc.)
• Disruption Incidents and Emergencies
• Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Air
• Aviation Timescales
• Supporting the Operation
• Monitoring the Weather
• Reducing Aviation Hazards
• Resolving Multi-Faceted Aviation Issues

On successful completion of the End Point Assessment the apprentice will be issued with an Institute’s Certificate specifying the standard and grade achieved.

Selection Criteria

• A GCSE certificate Grade A* - C or equivalent in English & Maths is required
• Able to demonstrate a sound external perspective of the company, our fleet and our customers
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• IT Literacy with MS Office Skills
• An evident interest in the aviation industry
• A positive attitude with an eagerness to learn and self-develop
• Able to work effectively within diverse teams, but also using own initiative
• Possess a professional, friendly, and customer-focused personality
• Have the ability to work under pressure, prioritising workload and multi-tasking where required
• Able to problem solve and think outside of the box

Supporting Information

The successful candidate will spend 80% of their time in the work environment, and 20% on training and development.  The working hours will vary and may also include working a shift pattern, as and when required.

Candidates must be in possession of a current UK Passport and it is desirable that the candidate will possess a Full UK driving license.



"The work we do at AirTanker is varied and interesting, definitely grab the opportunity! You won't regret it." - Jasmine Moore

"My apprenticeship gave me the opportunity to learn about Operations and develop my skills whilst on the job. 5 years on, I find myself at AirTanker and my career has developed in ways I wasn't expecting when my apprenticeship started!" - Alex Weight

Apply now!

To apply, please email your CV and Covering Letter to:    

Closing date: 23rd June 2019

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