Our Production Apprenticeship Scheme is a 4-year program. Currently, we offer three separate occupational areas of Production Apprenticeships. Descriptions of the occupations are detailed below. Please note that whilst there are many different areas of work, you need to be comfortable with working at height or in confined spaces as required.
Aircraft Fitter - Aircraft Fitters put together the components and sub-assemblies that go into the aircraft on our customers’ final assembly lines. Aircraft fitters work to manufacturing and engineering instructions and drawings and will use skills including:
- Drilling, reaming and countersinking
- Riveting and bolting
- Use of automated/robotic drilling equipment in conjunction with assembly techniques
- Functional testing of mechanical systems
Machinist - Our Integrated Machining Facility manufactures small and large structural components. Materials used are Aluminium, Titanium and Steel. We also machine Composite Materials. Skills/knowledge include:
- Operation of 3, 4 & 5 axis CNC Milling machine tools
- Operation of Co-ordinate Measuring machines (CMM), as well as hand-held conventional and digital measuring equipment
- Understanding of processes, procedures & Engineering drawings
Fabricator - Fabricators use their skills in fabrication to produce high quality components and assemblies, including fuel, hydraulic and pneumatic systems for world leading aircraft. Skills/Knowledge include:
- Manual and automated cutting techniques
- Forming and joining techniques
- Fabrication of metallic components
- Operation of CNC forming machines
- Use of precision measuring equipment
- To observe the company’s terms and conditions of employment
- In both work and training, to be diligent and punctual and attend courses, keep records and take tests to be determined by the company, in order to achieve the training objectives and quality gates
- To behave in a responsible manner and in accordance with the requirements of Health & Safety legislation relating to the individual’s responsibilities.
- To successfully complete all activities documented in the Apprenticeship Training Agreement
This Apprenticeship will be the perfect platform for a career in engineering.
GKN's recruitment team are handling initial applications via their own website.
If you are shortlisted to move to the next stage, your contact details will be shared with the Apprenticeship team at Weston College who are managing the next stage of the process so they will contact you by phone and/ or e-mail with details of the next assessment stage.
- Accuracy and attention to detail essential
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- The ability to work in a team
- Must be flexible and able to handle multiple and changing priorities
- Self-motivation and ability to organise own workload working within a team
- Drive and initiative
- A genuine interest and aptitude for engineering
You must have at least Four GCSE’s or equivalents
- Math’s, Grade 9 - 4
- English, Grade 9 - 4
- Science, Grade 9 - 4
- One additional GCSE, Grade 9 - 4
Year 1: The majority of your first year will be working offsite at college completing your foundation training. Towards the end of the first year, you will undertake a return to site induction followed by onsite GKN training.
Years 2 & 3: You will undertake Business Familiarisation rotation placements within your occupational role area. During these years, the work that you carry out within production areas will be recorded in logbook entries. This logbook is reviewed monthly with your GKN Training Advisor. You will also commence and complete your Level 3 Technical Knowledge qualification during these years.
Year 4: You will be assigned to your final target production department. This is when your official practical observation assessments will begin. Once these have been completed alongside the underpinning knowledge questions, you will then have completed your Level 3 competence qualification. You will then also have to complete an End Point Assessment (EPA).