• Level 3 (Advanced)
  • Broughton


Airbus Operations Limited

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018 it generated revenues of € 64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

Our people work with passion and determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other’s expertise and experience to achieve excellence. Our diversity and teamwork culture propel us to accomplish the extraordinary – on the ground, in the sky and in space.

Job Description

Start date: September 2020

Closing date for applications: 1st March 2020

Joining an Airbus Apprenticeship Programme could be the ideal start to your career, just as it has been for many of our Senior Managers today! Our Apprentices receive second to none training, gaining the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to enable you to make an immediate contribution when you enter the workforce.

An Airbus Manufacturing Aero Apprenticeship (Craft) offers you the opportunity to gain qualifications with no fees, whilst acquiring new skills through vocational training, and a regular salary.

This exciting Programme is your first step towards becoming a Skilled Aircraft Fitter. Through the three-year Programme, you will gain an NVQ 3 Extended Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering and a National Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering.  You may also have the opportunity to obtain an additional Electrical Unit at a Level 3.

On completion of our 38 month Programme you will become a Skilled Aircraft Fitter.  You will either work on the drill off and assembly of both metallic and composite components of the wing box structure, or you will work on the installation and testing of the Aircraft flying controls, fuel and electrical systems.


Your first year on this Manufacturing Aero Apprenticeship Programme will predominantly be spent at our partner college (Coleg Cambria)  to achieve the Level 2 Foundation course; learning about engineering operations, and achieving a number of technical units towards your national diploma.

Once the foundation phase is complete, our Apprentices move into the Manufacturing Plant facility at our site in Broughton near Chester, to work alongside our skilled fitters and operators. Here you’ll learn a range of different skills and methods which will enable you to complete your level 3 vocational qualification.


In order to be eligible for this exciting apprenticeship, you must have a minimum of:

  • Five GCSEs at Grade C or 4, which must include Maths, English Language and Science (either core and additional/double award, or physics).

We can also consider other qualifications such as Engineering BTEC Level 2, Engineering Diploma, Principle Learning, PEO Level 2 and Pathways to Apprenticeships as two GCSEs. Alternative qualifications must be in addition to the core GCSE subjects stated above.

Please note that you must also include a cover letter as part of your application for this Programme which demonstrates your interest in aerospace and motivation to join the Apprenticeship Programme.

Please note, we love your interest in working for Airbus but we do ask that you make only one application. We encourage you to take time to decide which of our exciting opportunities is right for you and then submit an application that best represents you, your skills and experience in connection with the role you have selected.