Case studies of our past and present apprentices

Katie Lockwood

Prior to applying for the Aeronautical Engineering Apprenticeship with AirTanker, Katie had been studying engineering at Lincoln University Technical College.  

"I was completely sold. The fact that I could study engineering, the impressive equipment and the links with employers was really appealing.  I also liked the fact that I could work with my hands to make things and apply my learning in a practical way.”

Whilst at Lincoln, Katie decided to apply for an engineering apprenticeship with AirTanker, a consortium of the leading aerospace companies delivering the Ministry of Defence contract for RAF Voyager. The application included multiple interviews, aptitude tests and a written exam, following which Katie was one of six young people to be selected from 300 to take up an apprenticeship.

"I'm really proud I managed to secure a place. What helped was the experience I had at Lincoln. I had lots of opportunities to speak to employers and work on projects with them. This made me more confident in the interview.”

“Studying engineering at Lincoln UTC has meant that I can get started in my career two years earlier than if I’d stayed at my previous school. It’s a great step forward and will help me to become a qualified aeronautical engineer much more quickly.”

Since starting AirTanker's apprenticeship scheme, Katie has come a long way and is looking forward to completing her training at Resource Group and starting her placement at AirTanker.

"I have gained a better understanding of the technical workings of the aircraft by working through the individual modules and I feel more confident now that my knowledge is growing. I have really enjoyed meeting and working with the different airlines apprentices as they all give support to get through the course."

"I am really looking forward to starting my placement at AirTanker and gaining even more experience."


6 Months into the Apprenticeship

Bradley Evans

"From the start of the apprenticeship, I have learned how highly regulated the aircraft industry is and how human factors play a key role in what we do."

"My biggest challenge has been coming into this with no aviation background or experience and limited understanding of aircraft systems and having to learn everything from scratch. The workshop has been a nice break from the classroom phase and was good to get some hands on experience to consolidate our knowledge on what we had been learning in the books."

"Working alongside other airlines has been a great experience - I have made a good group of friends which I believe I will stay in contact with after I leave Resource Group."

"Apprenticeships in general are a great way to learn a trade and get paid whilst you learn. AirTanker especially offers a great opportunity to pursue a career in the aviation industry and are very supportive to help you through your initial training."

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Love is in the air as our 1,000,000th passenger takes to the skies

by Sara Chubb | Feb 14, 2017
Today we celebrated reaching another milestone as we welcomed on-board our 1,000,000th passenger. A couple were given a Valentine’s Day surprise on check-in at RAF Brize Norton where they would fly on Voyager to RAF Akrotiri.

In April 2012, our first aircraft took to the skies for its debut flight with the Royal Air Force.  Since then, our fleet has grown significantly and is now complete with 14 A330-200 aircraft.  Our 1,000,000th passenger signifies the combined operations of our entire fleet with the Royal Air Force and within the commercial market and the flight itself was flown by flight crew from No. 10 and No. 101 Squadrons alongside AirTanker cabin crew.

The happy couple, Mark and his Wife Gemma, checked in at RAF Brize Norton early this morning to travel to RAF Akrotiri for the first time, in anticipation of moving out to Cyprus.  Delighted with the surprise, they said:

“It’s fantastic – great news and a nice little start to Valentine’s Day.  Part of our journey today is to see how the flights work [to and from RAF Akrotiri] but I don’t think every flight will be quite this full of surprises.” 

“We drove down this morning and checked in which has been nice and easy so it’s been a lovely day so far.”



Colin Wood, AirTanker Services Managing Director, is delighted that this has been achieved since flying started 6 years ago.  He said:

“This is a significant milestone, not just for AirTanker but for the military and civilian crews that support us and it demonstrates the ongoing commitment that we have to continue delivering a great service to all our Customers.  This is a team effort and we pass our thanks on to all at RAF Brize Norton and everyone on No. 10 and No. 101 Squadron who have helped to achieve this.”

To listen to the interview with our Managing Director, please click here.