Advanced Technical Apprentice

An exciting opportunity for Advanced Technical Apprentices has become available at our world-class aerospace manufacturing facility in East Cowes, on the Isle of Wight.

Our 4 year programme would provide development and training across a wide range of engineering skills and processes. You will be involved in delivering opportunities, solutions and benefits to the GKN operations site based on data driven analysis and the ability to understand complex situations. You will need to be both adaptable and flexible.

Our Advanced Technical Apprentices are likely to move into one of the following career disciplines;

  • Manufacturing Engineering (ME)
    This covers a number of sub-disciplines including:
    • Product and Planning – Developing manufacturing process solutions
    • Materials and Process – Understanding a range of different materials and processes
    • Quality Engineering – Ensuring both internal and external requirements are met
    • Industrial Engineering – Introducing new technology and automation
    • Tooling – Developing and designing tooling solutions and measurement and analysis of close tolerance components and tools
    • Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) – Creating Numerical Controlled (NC) programs for a range of machines
  • Design Engineering - This involves the design of component parts and assemblies for various aircraft structures (Composite and Metallic). Design is via our CAD package CATIA, creating 3D models / assemblies and 2D drawings or model based definition (MBD).
  • Structural Analysis - This provides an opportunity to develop a knowledge of the stress analysis calculations, computer modelling techniques, and testing used to demonstrate the strength and durability of aircraft components and assemblies.
  • Supplier Quality - This involves working closely with external suppliers and applying problem solving, audit and improvement techniques to ensure their products conform to the design and quality requirements.
  • Procurement - This involves purchasing conforming aerospace products from approved UK and international suppliers, in line with production schedules.

Program Summary:

Year 1: The majority of your first year will be working off site at college. During this year, you will be working towards and competing your Level 2 Foundation Competence Qualification. You will also commence your Level 3 Technical Knowledge Certificate.

Years 2 & 3: You will work on site rotating around a number of different departments under supervision and guidance whilst undertaking a variety of tasks. During year two you will complete your Level 3 Technical Knowledge Qualification as well as commencing and working towards the completion of your Level 3 Competence Qualification. In year three, you will commence your Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC).

Year 4: You will move towards working independently in your final placement area, whilst completing your Level 3 Competence Qualification, Level 4 HNC, as well as undertaking your End Point Assessment (EPA).

Apprentice Key Responsibilities

  • 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 undertake any tests determined by the company in order to measure and achieve the training objectives and quality gates.
  • To behave in a responsible manner and in accordance with the requirements of Health and Safety legislation relating to the individual’s responsibilities.
  • To be a good ambassador of the Company’s name and image.
  • To successfully complete all activities documented in the Apprenticeship Training Agreement.


You must have at least five GCSE’s, or equivalent:

  • Maths: Grade 9 – 6
  • English: Grade 9 – 4
  • Science: Grade 9 – 4
  • Plus two more Grades: 9 – 4

If you live outside the EU you will need a UK work permit before you can start an apprenticeship.