Are you interested in Aviation and looking for a challenging opportunity within a dynamic engineering environment? We think we have just what you’re looking for.


Our Apprenticeship scheme offers you the opportunity to join a unique Engineering team at AirTanker who support the Royal Air Force and commercial airlines.

The journey

AirTanker Services’ new Aeronautical Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme can offer you the opportunity to join a unique team who support both the Royal Air Force and Civilian Commercial airlines worldwide.

An accredited two-year apprenticeship that will provide you with specialist hand skills, fault diagnosis capabilities and experience of maintenance practices associated with complex aircraft mechanical and avionics systems.


You will be working towards:

• A City & Guilds 2675 Technical Level 3 Diploma

• An Extended NVQ in Aeronautical Engineering

• An EASA Part-66 Category A Licence


Initially, you will attend a regulatory approved 9 month residential foundation course with a City & Guilds 2675 Technical Level 3 Diploma syllabus, provided by our training partner Resource Group, using their Aviation Technical Training facility, located at Cotswold Airport.

Your remaining time will be spent at your new home AirTanker Services, RAF Brize Norton where you will participate in specialist Practical and On the Job Training at AirTanker, working shoulder to shoulder with Civilian and RAF engineers towards your extended NVQ Level 3 in Aeronautical Engineering.

You will receive coaching from a dedicated training mentor coupled with full support from the Voyager Training Service team, who will guide you through your two year programme.

Finally, on successful completion of your training, you may have the opportunity to apply for a Fleet Engineering role with us where you will be able to apply for your EASA Part-66 Category A Licence.

About the scheme

  • You will gain knowledge of aircraft maintenance practices within a simulated EASA Part 145 environment at the Cotswold Airport with Resource Group.
  • In your first year you will be accommodated at the Cotswold Water Park ‘Four Pillars Hotel’ near Cirencester. Transport to and from the training facility will be provided.
  • Your time with Resource Group will be split between classroom and workshop training with specific structured maintenance tasks being performed on training aircraft and engines to further enforce learning.
  • You will complete all of the EASA Category ‘A’ Licence Modules which in turn will lead to the award of a City & Guilds 2675 Technical Diploma.
  • On completion of the 9 month foundation course you will then move to AirTanker Services at RAF Brize Norton to put into practice your new found skills and work towards completing your NVQ Level 3 in Aeronautical Engineering.
  • You will be allocated an engineering training mentor, the opportunity to interact and learn from colleagues, plus have the full support of the Voyager Training Service team who will guide you through all aspects of becoming a trained and confident aircraft engineer.
  • During the 2 year apprenticeship, you will have obtained a wide range of academic and practical skills and enjoyed a great mix of learning experiences across our Fleet Engineering departments.
  • On successful completion of your apprenticeship, you may be offered a role within AirTanker Services, which will open up opportunities to work at RAF Brize Norton and short term operational deployments worldwide.


Want to apply?

Our recruitment process looks for individuals who can demonstrate an interest in mechanical and/or avionic systems. We are looking for a team player with good communication skills and a passion for Engineering.

As part of the application you will need to undertake a health assessment, provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK and pass our security vetting requirements.

Entry requirements

  • At least five GCSE'S (A to C) or equivalent, including English, Maths and a Science subject.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team.
  • All applicants must have a valid UK passport and be prepared to undertake aptitude tests prior to the start of the course.

What we can offer

  • A unique learning and working environment
  • Competitive starting salary
  • Opportunity for progression
  • A dedicated training package with full support
  • Access to AirTanker Services welfare and employee benefits in line with your role
  • A sound foundation in Civil and Military Aviation Engineering

Keep in touch

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