Apprenticeship Opportunities

Apprenticeships are a great way into the world of work. 

You can launch your career at the same time as you're earning and learning. You also get the experience of working in a professional environment along with the benefits of formal training. 

Typically, you'll spend four days in the workplace and one day at College, depending on the needs of your employer. 

An Apprenticeship can be a route to university level qualifications. You usually start at Level 2 or Level 3 and you can then progress to a Higher Apprenticeship at Level 4, or go on to study for part-time degree level qualifications such as HNCs, HNDs and Foundation Degrees.

Apprenticeships at Stansted Airport College

Aircraft Maintenance Fitter/Technician Apprenticeship

Aircraft Maintenance Fitters/Technicians work on maintaining aircraft of all types from small aeroplanes to airliners, jet fighters and helicopters, both civil and military. They are expected to carry out approved maintenance processes to maintain the airworthiness of the aircraft. It involves highly skilled, complex and specialist work, maintaining aircraft systems according to approved requirements and work instructions, using relevant hand tools and equipment. They must comply with civil and or military regulatory and organisational requirements. They must be able to research data sources, ensuring that on completion of a task all aircraft documentation is accurately filled in.

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Aviation Ground Specialist Apprenticeship

An aviation operations specialist could work in a number of aviation environments, such as a commercial airport, military base / aerodrome, heliport or other airfield. Specialist roles, all focused around the arrival, turnaround and departure of aircraft and maintaining an aviation operation, will include knowledge, skills and behaviours to complete complex aviation tasks and may include supervision of others to enable compliance with regulations through a safe, secure and effective aviation operation. These functions may include loading and unloading of aircraft, air traffic control (ATC), movement of aircraft and vehicles airside and the management of passengers both airside and landside. The functions all work as part of a combined team, within which communication with wider colleagues and other stakeholders is essential and the aviation operations specialist plays a key part of a coherent operation.

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Hospitality Manager Apprenticeship

Hospitality managers work across a huge variety of organisations including bars, restaurants, cafés, conference centres, banqueting venues, hotels and contract caterers. These managers generally specialise in a particular area, however their core knowledge, skills and behaviours are aligned. Common to all managers in this role is their passion for exceeding customers’ expectations. Hospitality managers have a high level of responsibility and are accountable for fulfilling the business vision and objectives which requires excellent business, people and customer relation skills. Individuals in this role are highly motivated team leaders that combine a talent for management and specific industry skills and thrive on the customer facing nature of the role.

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Senior Chef Production Cooking Apprenticeship

Senior production chefs strive to produce customers’ meals consistently to perfection according to predetermined specifications. They have the ability to work independently and lead a team in often hot and highly challenging kitchen environments. Production Chefs are likely to work in organisations where brands, recipes and menus have been created by a central development team. Production chefs and their teams work quickly and efficiently, producing food often in high volumes, which is repeated day after day, requiring energy, highly methodical organisational skills and attention to detail.

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Team Leader/Supervisor Apprenticeship

A team leader/supervisor is a first line management role, with operational/project responsibilities or responsibility for managing a team to deliver a clearly defined outcome. They provide direction, instructions and guidance to ensure the achievement of set goals. Working in the private, public or third sector and in all sizes of organisation, specific responsibilities will vary, but the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed will be the same whatever the role. Key responsibilities are likely to include supporting, managing and developing team members, managing projects, planning and monitoring workloads and resources, delivering operational plans, resolving problems, and building relationships internally and externally.

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Airside Operator Apprenticeship

Airside operators are the ‘eyes and ears’ of the airfield team, and spend much of their working day or night out on the airfield patrolling, inspecting and then addressing situations to ensure that the flow of arriving and departing aircraft are on schedule. Although every airport is slightly different, the role covers a multitude of tasks including area inspections; patrolling the perimeter fence around the airport; monitoring bird activity and clearing wildlife using specialist vehicles and equipment; monitoring aircraft turnarounds and marshalling. The airside operator works in a high risk, safety critical environment requiring excellent communication, prioritising, effective decision making, problem solving and technical skills. The role requires a keen sense of situational awareness and the need to work safely to minimise incidents and accidents. This qualification is supported by the Civil Aviation Authority.

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Aviation Ground Operative Apprenticeship

An aviation ground operative could work in a number of environments, such as a commercial airport, military base / aerodrome, heliport or other airfield. With five key specialist functions, all working in conjunction with each other, aviation ground operators form the teams above and below wing to ensure the efficient and effective arrival, turnaround and departure of aircraft. At the heart of the role safety, security and compliance with aviation regulations focus each operator’s day to day duties. Effective communication and team work ensure that passenger services, air traffic control (ATC) and those moving, loading, unloading and servicing a range of aircraft achieve the objectives of their organisation in this diverse field.

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Aviation Operations Manager Apprenticeship

An aviation operations manager has accountability for compliance, safety and security within their area, must effectively plan and manage the use of resources and ensure compliance with processes and procedures. They may manage an aviation operation in a variety of contexts, such as a commercial airport, military base / aerodrome, heliport or other airfield. Specialist roles, all focussed around the management of aircraft arrival, turnaround and departure, as well as the environment and facilities, require knowledge, skills and behaviours to complete complex aviation tasks and management of others to enable compliance with regulations through a safe, secure and effective aviation operation. Effective communication and decision making across all levels of the organisation and with stakeholders across the aviation operation are essential.

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Chef de Partie Apprenticeship

A chef de partie is responsible for running a specific section of the kitchen. This type of chef usually manages a small team of workers, which they must keep organised so that dishes go out on time and the work area remains clean and orderly. However, in smaller kitchens a chef de partie may work independently as the only person in their section. Also known as a station or section chef, the chef de partie reports to the senior chef and has a very important role in any kitchen.

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Commis Chef Apprenticeship

A commis chef is the most common starting position in many kitchens and in principal the most junior culinary role. A commis chef prepares food and carries out basic cooking tasks under the supervision of a more senior chef. The primary objective of the commis chef is to learn and understand how to carry out the basic functions in every section of the kitchen. Therefore having the opportunity to experience, consider and value each section with a view to choosing an area where they feel most inspired. The learning journey of any chef will vary considerably from one individual to the next; however it is necessary to understand and have experience in the basics that this role provides in order to progress to any future senior chef role.

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Engineering Technician Mechatronics Maintenance Apprenticeship

Talented engineers, technicians and managers are vital to the future success of the engineering industry. Maintenance Technicians ensure that plant and equipment perform to the required standard to facilitate production targets regarding Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost within High Value Manufacturing environments. Typically the work would cover a broad range of activities include installation, testing, fault finding and the on-going planned maintenance of complex automated equipment. This requires the application of a complex blend of skills, knowledge and occupational behaviours across the electrical, electronic, mechanical, fluid power and control systems disciplines.

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Events Assistant Apprenticeship

An Event Assistant is an entry level position, typically working within a team of people in an events company or within the events department of a larger organisation. The role will usually involve providing support to a number of event planners or project managers by carrying out a diverse range of tasks necessary to plan, organise and deliver an event. Around 75% of events are conferences, meetings, trade shows and exhibitions. Other events include outdoor events, cultural events, sporting and music events. As well as holding events in the UK, events agencies and events departments organise events in different countries around the world.

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Hospitality Supervisor Apprenticeship

Hospitality supervisors work across a wide variety of businesses including bars, restaurants, cafés, conference centres, banqueting venues, hotels or contract caterers. They provide vital support to management teams and are capable of independently supervising hospitality services and running shifts. They typically work under pressure delivering fantastic customer service and motivating a team is essential to their role. The majority of supervisors’ skills and knowledge are the same but supervisors may specialise in specific functions or work across a variety of functions which reflect the multi-functional nature of the industry.

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Hospitality Team Member Apprenticeship

A hospitality team member can work in a range of establishments, for example bars, restaurants, cafés, conference centres, banqueting venues, hotels or contract caterers. The role is very varied and although hospitality team members tend to specialise in an area, they have to be adaptable and ready to support team members across the business, for example during busy periods. The most important part of the role is developing hospitality skills and knowledge such as recognising customer needs, knowing how to match them to the products and services of the business and working as part of a team to ensure that every customer, whether they are eating in a restaurant, drinking cocktails in a bar, ordering room service in a hotel or attending a business conference feels welcomed and looked after.

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Pre-Apprenticeships Q&A

What is a Pre-Apprenticeship Programme?

It's designed to help you transition into an apprenticeship and focuses on developing a broad range of skills used in industry. The programme is a fantastic opportunity to get your foot in the door with a highly reputable employer and to secure an apprenticeship.

We'll be here to assist you with the application process for various roles across the airport and give you a variety of opportunities to develop your interview skills and gain valuable work experience.

What qualifications do I need?

You need to have 5 GCSEs at grade 4-9

How old do I have to be to do a Pre-Apprenticeship programme?

This programme is aimed at both 16-18 year olds and sixth form/college leavers wanting to launch their career in the Engineering or Aircraft Maintenance sector.

What happens after I complete this course?

The course will open up many great apprenticeships within the Engineering sector. This could be an Aircraft Maintenance apprenticeship with Airlines such as Ryanair or an Operations and Maintenance Apprenticeship with London Stansted Airport (MAG).

Do I have to pay for this course?

The programme is fully funded if you are aged 17 or 18 before 31 August 2018. However, if you are aged 19 or over you will need to fund the programme yourself.

Work Transition Programme Q&A

What is a Work Transition Programme?

The programme supports you in transitioning into the workplace and is focused on developing a broad range of skills used in Industry. It is primarily aimed at individuals that have finished Sixth Form and are keen to transition into sustainable employment at Stansted Airport.

We will assist you with the application process for various roles across the airport and will also give you various opportunities to develop your interview skills and gain valuable work experience.

What qualifications do I need?

You need to have 5 GCSEs at grade 4-9. This programme is aimed at sixth form/college leavers so it is expected individuals will have either A-levels or a Level 3 programme.

How old do I have to be to do a Work Transition Programme?

You will ideally be 18 years old but the minimum age is 17 years old.

What happens after I complete this course?

This programme is a stepping stone into a career within your chosen area. You can progress to an apprenticeship or alternatively, with the skills you develop whilst on this programme, you can progress directly into employment.

Do I have to pay for this course?

The programme is fully funded if you are aged 17 or 18 before 31 August 2018. However, if you are aged 19 or over you will need to fund the programme yourself.  

What is the difference between a Pre-Apprenticeship Programme and Work Transition Programme?

A Pre-Apprenticeship programme prepares you for further training as an apprentice.

In some sectors an apprenticeship is not essential in order to pursue a career in which a work transition programme enables you to transition directly into full or part-time employment. As part of the work transition programme you will still have the opportunity to gain further skills and qualifications through an apprenticeship programme if required by the employer.

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