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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The journey continues for AirTanker's Apprentices

by Sara Chubb | May 08, 2017
AirTanker is delighted to welcome back to the Hub its first six Aeronautical Engineering Apprentices following their initial training over the past eight months at Resource Group, Cotswold Airport.

Since the start of their apprenticeship scheme in September 2016, our apprentices have undergone an intensive training programme consisting of a mixture of classroom based learning, exams and a variety of practical phases within a workshop and hangar environment.

To celebrate the completion of their initial training, an awards ceremony took place at Resource Group on 11th April, where the apprentices delivered an engaging presentation of their journey to date. Three Apprentices were selected to receive an award, with the Academic Apprentice Aircraft Award presented to AirTanker Apprentice, James McCarthy, for his hard work and academic success throughout the course.

Delighted to be selected for the award, James said: “I was very surprised at first but after it sank in I was really happy to be rewarded for all the hard work over the past 8 months, especially as it’s been extremely challenging.”

The apprentices will continue their two-year scheme in placement at AirTanker, where they will continue their hands-on training and completion of their Aeronautical NVQ with the support of our dedicated Mentors and training development staff. 

Paul Heane, Technical Training Manager, has been behind this apprentice scheme since it started. He is delighted with the work and knowledge that all six apprentices have built up since the start of the scheme. He said:

“Our Aeronautical Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme is designed to provide our apprentices with the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence to develop their potential careers within the Aeronautical Engineering industry at AirTanker. All six apprentices have worked extremely hard and the feedback received from Resource Group is a great testament to the success of the scheme. I am delighted for James, being given such a worthy award and to officially welcome them all back to the Hub and watch them grow within our company. This has been a perfect example of great teamwork throughout AirTanker and the on-going success will be enhanced through continued support from the Mentors and Staff.” 

Applications are still open for our Aeronautical Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme 2017 intake. If you are interested and would like to apply, please visit our dedicated webpage for further information:

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