Case studies of our past and present apprentices
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
"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."
Further testimonials are shown on our Apprenticeship home page.