At GKN Aerospace, we are always looking for talented individuals with skills and passion to join our global teams. 

We offer hugely varied and rewarding careers in a truly international business working at the forefront of engineering technology and innovations.

Our global graduate programmes give a unique introduction to GKN Aerospace and allow you to set your own goals and explore your interests.

Rewards and benefits

To attract and maintain the best people, it goes without saying that we offer competitive packages. However, we believe the main appeal is the opportunities we provide for you to develop your chosen career and achieve your true potential.

Our programmes are highly personalised and enable you to set your own goals and explore your own interests within our business, whilst being fully supported. Throughout your graduate journey we will give you the opportunity to test and grow both your technical and personal skills. We will provide support through a formal Global Graduate Development Program and offer mentoring as you work on real projects, solving real problems and delivering real change. We aim to match your capabilities and aspirations to our strategic and operational needs – ensuring a thriving business for us and a fulfilling career for you.

A commitment to you

As part of the formal Development Programme you will be part of a global network of graduates from around the world. This community will help you to navigate the business and broaden your network across GKN Aerospace. Each cohort of graduates will complete five structured development weeks together, starting with a 2 week global on-boarding event, continuing with 3 further weeks of development and learning throughout the programme. These will help progress you from being an individual contributor towards leading others, preparing you for potential management roles at the end of the scheme and beyond. Additional sessions, such as Q&As with senior business leaders and Peer to Peer learning events are held frequently in-between these weeks and a formal global graduation will be a celebration of completing the scheme and moving into a full time role within the business.

We are proud of our Graduate community and as part of the scheme call upon them to act as ambassadors for the organisation at various global air shows and corporate functions, while also engaging future talent at STEM and early careers events.

We work at the cutting-edge of manufacturing, creating new technologies and innovative products for our global customers. 

We aim to deliver the best technology today and develop innovative technologies for the future. We work with our customers to deliver lightweight materials, fuel-efficient systems and cost effective solutions to help them stay ahead. So, whether you are interested in helping us design the next generation of aircraft wing or more efficient aeroplane engines; if you understand how additive manufacturing can transform how we produce parts; or you've a flair for building excellent relationships with our partners in the wider business functions, there is a career path for you.

Engineering at its best
Automated fibre placement machines in action at GKN Aerospace, Western Approach, UK

During your placements across our businesses you will be working as part of a global team, giving you the opportunity to develop language skills, experience different cultures and work with a diverse range of people. 

Many careers in GKN Aerospace, provide the opportunity to travel and, in some cases, to live and work abroad right from the very beginning.

Whether you envisage a career as an engineer innovating to overcome technical challenges or as an executive helping to lead the business, choosing GKN Aerospace means you are joining a global engineering network with wide-ranging opportunities.

A truly global company

Meet our graduates

Hear what some of our graduates have to say about working at GKN Aerospace and find out more about some of the exciting projects they get involved with.

Graduate FAQs

  • Once I have applied for a graduate programme vacancy, how long will I have to wait to hear if my application has been

    This will vary, however the recruitment team for the programme you have applied for will aim to get back to you regarding the status of your application as soon as possible.

  • What is the assessment process for each of GKN Aerospace’s graduate programmes?

    It will depend on the programme you have applied for but could include any of the following; telephone interviews, face-to-face interviews, technical interviews and assessment centres. 

  • Can I apply for more than one of GKN Aerospace’s graduate programmes?

    Yes, all of our programmes are different so you may apply for as many as you wish. 

  • How can I find out about the status of my application?

    Once you have applied you will automatically receive an email to notify you that your application has been received. As soon as a decision has been made regarding the status of your application, a member of the recruitment team will let you know. 

  • I have a disability, what support will GKN Aerospace offer me with my application?

    GKN Aerospace will always make adjustments for candidates who have special requirements. If you need additional support at any stage of the recruitment process, please inform us.

  • Do you accept applications from candidates who require a work permit?

    If you require a work permit to be a part of one of our programmes, please contact the hiring manager for the programme that you are applying for. 

  • Does GKN Aerospace reimburse travel expenses for assessment centres?

    Yes, GKN Aerospace will reimburse reasonable travel expenses if you are invited to attend an assessment centre. You will receive further details regarding the process for claiming back these expenses in your invitation. 

  • What is the starting salary for GKN Aerospace’s graduate programmes?

    This varies depending on the programme. GKN Aerospace offers competitive packages however we believe the main appeal is the opportunities we provide for you to develop your career and achieve your potential.

  • If I’m successful, when will my starting date with GKN Aerospace be?

    This will vary by programme. You will be notified of start dates during the selection process. 

  • I don’t have an engineering background, can I still apply for a GKN Aerospace graduate programme?

    Yes, we offer a range of programmes in different functions. Search our programmes to find out more