Aircraft Maintenance Advanced Apprenticeship - Advanced (Level 3)

BAE Systems PLC (Employer)

National Apprenticeship Service (Training Provider)

Wage Competitive salary
37.0 hours per week Monday - Friday, hours TBC. Whilst working full-time you will be provided with off-the-job training delivered in dedicated in-house training facilities or at our partner colleges or universities.’
2 years (duration)
1 September 2021(start date)
Engineering Technician (apprenticeship standard)
30 positions available
28 February 2021 (application closing date)
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Job Description

The Aircraft Maintenance Technician apprenticeship takes 2 years to complete and is designed to train the next generation of Aircraft Maintenance Engineers. It provides a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved course.


Year 1 is based at the Academy on Humberside Airport where you will complete the EASA Category ‘A’ modules including classroom time, workshop time and on-aircraft simulated Maintenance tasks. Year 2 will be at either front line RAF Base or BAE Systems location in one of the following areas:

Part 145 - Maintenance on ‘live’ aircraft including the fitting/removal of components (e.g. from a seal to engine), fault diagnosis and testing of systems (e.g. Radar or Flying Controls).

Part M - Supporting the maintenance including but not limited to Resolving Engineering Problems, Fleet Planning, Scheduling Maintenance and Work Packages, Technical Information Management.

Year 1 is split 50/50 between theory and practical, and tasks could be as follows:

  • Theory classroom tasks working towards CAT A modules from Maths and Physics to Aerodynamics and Human Factors
  • Electrical and Mechanical workshop – Examples of tasks?
  • Hangar Practical tasks – working on one of 6 aircraft that we have, removal and fit of equipment… more examples

Year 2 you will be streamed into either an on aircraft position (Part 145 role) or as a support member of staff (part M role) – these could be based around various RAF bases or BAE Systems sites across the UK. The day to day tasks you could be involved in include:

Part 145:

  • Supporting the RAF with the maintenance of the Typhoon, Hawk or F-35 aircraft

Future Prospects

A great job after completion. Around 95% of our apprentices choose to stay with us and go on to have really successful careers. You can choose to go for promotion and progression or continue learning in the role you’ve moved into.

When you successfully complete your Apprenticeship, we will help you to move into a suitable role, subject to the requirements of the business.

Reality Check

A BAE Systems Apprenticeship gives you a competitive salary while working towards a nationally recognised qualification, the support of an apprentice network, and the opportunity to work on cutting edge projects with people who are leaders in their field.

Please see the selection process below:

The process consists of five stages:

  • An online application
  • Online testing
  • Video interview
  • Application review
  • Qualification, medical and security checks

The Apprentice recruitment window opened on the 1 November 2020 and remains open until 28 February 2021.

Depending on fulfilment of the requirements, the process can take until July/August to complete and final offers are made.

Security/Export Control:

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Diversity & Inclusion:

We are an inclusive employer. Recruiting, retaining and inspiring the best people from the widest pool is vitally important to us. We encourage and welcome applications from all sections of society and are happy to discuss reasonable adjustments and/or additional arrangements you may need to support your application.

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that's part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week). For more information please visit:

Skills Required

None specified.

Qualities Required

We’re looking for enthusiastic people who are keen to learn and give an Apprenticeship opportunity their all. Diversity strengthens our business and we encourage people from all walks of life to apply, regardless of gender or ethnicity. You don’t need to know everything about your chosen area of work - we’ll train you and give you the qualifications you need to progress in a career in your chosen field.  We only ask that you demonstrate interest, passion and commitment to what you want to do.

Qualifications Required

5 GCSEs grade A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) including mathematics, English and Science (preferably Physics).

Training Provided

Training provider to be confirmed.

Advanced Engineering Technician Standard.

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About the employer

At BAE Systems, we provide some of the worlds most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employ a skilled workforce of some 83,400 people in over 40 countries.

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