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At the forefront of innovation and a proven leader in global aerospace, Airbus designs, manufactures and delivers cutting-edge commercial aircraft, helicopters, military transporters, satellites and launch vehicles, as well as providing data services, navigation, cyber and communications security, urban mobility and other solutions for customers on a global scale.

At Airbus, we draw on each other’s expertise and experience and put our passion and determination into exploring sustainable aerospace developments. We connect to the best minds. We make bold decisions. We find smart solutions. We get the world’s most advanced technologies off the ground.

When it comes to future candidates, we look for curiosity, enthusiasm and drive. Our programmes offer unrivalled opportunities to learn and hone your talent, providing the support needed to grow.

We’ll encourage you to open your mind to discover new career paths and opportunities. As you look to find new and better ways to protect the world and to explore beyond it, the work you’ll be engaged with will be making a positive impact.

 Whatever your chosen path, we’re looking for people with ambition and commitment who want to be part of a high-tech, innovative and global organisation. We’ll prepare you with the skills you need to progress and develop your talents. Your development benefits both you and us, because we believe when you fly, we fly.

 Together we can achieve extraordinary things – on the ground, in the sky and in space.

Why work with us?

At Airbus, who we are and what we stand for is equally important to what we do.

Our people work with passion and determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place, on the ground, in the sky and in space. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other’s expertise and experience to achieve excellence. We strive to build our teams on trust and respect, where every voice is heard and valued because we believe there is power in individuals but great power in teams.

Apprenticeship, graduate and work experience programmes

TECHNICAL Apprenticeships

Airbus is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, so what better way to start your technical apprenticeship than with an industry leader.

Being a Technical Apprentice at Airbus means you’ll get to develop both mechanical and electrical skills within the three year programme. You will be immersed in a stimulating manufacturing environment based at either our Portsmouth or Stevenage sites. Over the course of the apprenticeship, you will study towards a minimum of BTEC L3 and a maximum of HNC L4 level, depending on your prior educational attainment.

During the first year, you will gain both academic knowledge and practical experience. For years two and three, you will be on a day-release programme, structured to give you a unique chance to experience different areas of the business and provide you with a comprehensive understanding of how Airbus works. The exciting projects you could be getting involved in during your placement include:

  • Panel structure build involving composite techniques and carbon fibre filament winding
  • Assembly of solar array drive mechanisms, antenna deployment and trimming mechanism
  • Integration and assembly of chemical propulsion systems
  • Manufacture of dual and multiple layer insulation and integration on spacecraft 
  • Material treatments including grit blasting of metallic items before application of corrosion inhibiting primers and paints
  • Satellite mechanical engineering

Minimum requirements:

  • At least five GCSEs (achieved or predicted) including a Grade 5/6 (B) in Maths and English.
  • Passion for engineering, which you will be able to demonstrate through your educational choices or hobbies. For example, you may have been part of an engineering club at school or perhaps you enjoy fixing mechanical and electrical things in your spare time.

Partner College/University:

The study element of this apprenticeship will take place at one of the following colleges depending on whether your apprenticeship is based at Portsmouth or Stevenage:

  • Oaklands College, Welwyn Garden City (Stevenage) or
  • CEMAST College, Lee-on-the-Solent (Portsmouth)

We have an extensive Intern & Graduate programme, applications for which open in September


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