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Our Business Apprentices succeed with flying colours!

Category: AirTanker Released: 19 May 2021

In 2019 we launched our Level 3 Business Support Apprenticeship in collaboration with Swindon College, where three apprentices took the opportunity to experience and develop knowledge in many disciplines across supporting functions in the business, from Human Resources to Commercial, Programmes, Communications and many more. Each apprentice has now successfully completed their Level 3 Apprenticeship with fantastic results and are now taking their learning to the next step. Before we hear from our apprentices, let’s take a closer look at their journey on the scheme.

Our Level 3 Business Apprenticeship scheme involves a mix of theory and practice, rotating through business functions throughout the scheme, spanning 18 months in total. Each apprentice made the most of their practical learning by getting involved in projects and initiatives within each function. This hands on approach helped them to complete online learning courses and coursework which further developed their knowledge of the theory behind business. 

Over the course of 18 months, each apprentice rotated through three month placements across five different business functions: HR; Commercial and Supply Chain; Communications; Facilities Management; and Programmes. The rotation of the placements gave them the opportunity to find out about the structure of the business and how each function operates and integrates, whilst at the same time allowing them to thrive in a practical setting. They also spent one to two weeks in other functions such as Finance, Compliance and Ground Operations, to gain further insight into the many roles that support the business.

Typically, in a five day week, each Apprentice would allocate one day a week to focus on college work; completing a workbook which demonstrates their understanding and practices. On completion of their workbook, their next step was to prepare for their End Point Assessment (EPA) which involved completing a process improvement project, a project report and creating a portfolio to showcase their work. Following this preparation, they completed a knowledge test, delivered a project presentation and attended a portfolio based interview, which assessed their knowledge, behaviours and skills gained throughout the apprenticeship.

A flying success!

We are delighted for our three Apprentices from our 2019 intake; Katie, Ed and Peter, who all finished their Level 3 Apprenticeship with Distinction.  Want to know what they doing now? Peter is looking for his next opportunity in which he can use the experience and knowledge he has gained with AirTanker; Katie is progressing to a Level 4 Public Relations Apprenticeship within our Communications & Engagement Team; and Ed is progressing to a Level 4 Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship within our Programmes Team. We wish them all the very best!

Want to follow in their contrails?

The success of our Business Apprenticeship Scheme has been demonstrated through the achievements of each of the apprentices and the commitment and support provided by each function.

We are delighted to offer an intake for 2021 and look forward to launching our campaign soon, on the search for new 2021 Apprentices! Keep a look out on our social media channels and website for more details, or sign up to receive vacancy alerts through our Website.

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