Technician Apprenticeship

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Our Technician Apprenticeship is a 4-year programme, which can lead onto one of the following 5 areas of technical expertise:

Manufacturing/Engineering Support Technician – this role provides technical support & expertise for all areas of the Manufacturing & Engineering functions. Examples include:

  • Analysis tools & measurement
  • Process control, performance & continuous improvement solutions
  • Capacity planning, production scheduling/planning
  • Product development & innovation, quality control & inspection

Metrology Technician – this role involves checking aircraft parts to ensure they are delivered correctly & to the highest standard.  This role will develop skills/knowledge including:

  • Co-ordination of measuring machines
  • Laser trackers
  • Laser scanners
  • Photogrammetry
  • Micrometres

Quality Engineer Technician - This role provides experience in all aspects of aircraft design & manufacture, working with all levels of the organisation. This role will develop skills/knowledge including:

  • Quality planning
  • Use of quality tools & techniques
  • Developing our Quality Management System
  • Dealing with customers on quality matters & industry regulators (e.g.- Civil Aviation Authority)
  • Working with suppliers to ensure quality requirements are met

Tooling Engineer Technician - Tool Engineers use their skills to design, modify or repair tooling that will be used to produce aircraft parts. This role will develop skills /knowledge including;

  • Understanding regulatory/ customer requirements
  • Understanding of tool design & manufacture
  • Composite & metallic material knowledge
  • Manufacturing engineering processes
  • CATIA based CAD design

Maintenance Technician - Maintenance Engineers carry out scheduled maintenance & breakdown repairs on complex machinery such as large CNC machines, chemical treatment plants and equipment.  Maintenance Engineers need to have an analytical approach, as they will be involved in problem solving & cross-functional communication. This role will develop skills/knowledge including:

  • Machine diagnostics including repair & scheduled maintenance of CNC, conventional machines & treatment facilities
  • Understanding of electrical, hydraulic & pneumatic systems
  • An understanding of manufacturing processes & procedures

Apprentice Programme Structure

Year 1:  The majority of your first year will be working offsite at college. Towards the end of the first year, you will undertake a return to site induction followed by onsite GKN training.

Years 2 & 3:  You will undertake Business Familiarisation rotation placements within your occupational role area. During these years the work that you carry out within placement production areas will be recorded in the form of logbook entries. This logbook is reviewed monthly with your GKN training advisor.

Year 4:  You will continue and complete your Level 4 Technical Certificate and continue training in your final target department where you will continue and complete your Level 3 Competence Qualification as well as completion of your End Point Assessment.

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 take tests to be determined by the company in order to achieve the training objectives and quality gates
  • To behave in a responsible manner and in accordance with the requirements of Health & Safety legislation relating to the individual’s responsibilities.
  • To promote the company’s name and image with respect and diplomacy.
  • To successfully complete all activities documented in the Technician Apprentice Training Agreement.


You must have at least five GCSE’s

Maths A* - B   (9 - 6 New Grading)

English A* - C (9 – 4 New Grading)

Science A* - C (9 – 4 New Grading)  

Plus two more A* - C (9 – 4 New Grading)

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