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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Voyager set to showcase at Royal International Air Tattoo 2017

by Sara Chubb | Jul 12, 2017
Voyager is set to arrive at RAF Fairford, ready to showcase its cutting edge technology in Air-to-Air Refuelling, Air Transport and Aeromedical capability to the crowds at the Royal International Air Tattoo 2017.

AirTanker provides the RAF with Air-to-Air Refuelling, Air Transport and Aeromedical capability in the Voyager. Based on the modern Airbus A330-200 passenger aircraft, the Voyager provides the RAF with a Step change in reliability and capability; maintaining and supporting UK Defence operations.

Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is one of the UK's premier outdoor annual events and it returns this summer with an extravaganza of entertainment throughout 14-16 July.  Visitors will see up to 8 hours of flying displays each day (4 hours on Friday) along with the opportunity to visit a number of aircraft in the static aircraft village and interact with the crews.

Phill Blundell, Chief Executive Officer AirTanker Ltd, is delighted to present the Voyager again at RIAT this year.  He said:

“RIAT is a fantastic event which sees many visitors from around the world throughout the weekend. We are very proud that the Voyager will be among the static aircraft on display and to be involved in this event – as RIAT states, the aircraft are the stars of the show and we look forward to sharing the Voyager experience with the crowds again this year.”

The Voyager is a major attraction at RIAT and has seen many eager visitors pass through its doors to experience its impressive capabilities and understand its dynamic operation within the RAF and the civil market.

Paul Kimberley, Managing Director AirTanker Services Ltd is proud that Voyager will once again be on display. He said:

 “Voyager’s unique and flexible capability continues to be a source of amazement and interest not only with the general public but also within the aviation industry. Working in close collaboration with the RAF, we are able to support this event and we look forward to meeting new visitors and showcasing the extraordinary versatility of the aircraft and its crew.”