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Craft Apprentice

Date: 26-Apr-2021

Location: East Cowes, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 50 manufacturing locations in 15 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

About the opportunity

GKN Aerospace is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to be better in everything we do.

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do.


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

Our 4 year programme provides development and training across a wide range of manufacturing processes within our production areas.

Our Advanced Operations (Craft) Apprentices are likely to move into the following career discipline;

  • Fitter – Skilled aircraft fitters put together the components and sub-assemblies that go into the aircraft at our customers’ final assembly lines. Aircraft Fitters work to engineering instructions and drawings and will use skills including:
  • Drilling, reaming and countersinking
  • Installing a range of different fasteners
  • Applying sealants
  • Functional testing of mechanical systems

Programme 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 completing your Level 2 Foundation Competence Qualification.


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 these years you will commence and complete your Level 3 Technical Knowledge Qualification as well as commencing and working towards the completion of your Level 3 Competence Qualification.


Year 4:  You will move towards working independently in your final placement area whilst completing your Level 3 Competence Qualification, and 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 & 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 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 Four GCSE’s, or equivalent:

  • Maths: Grade 9 – 4
  • English: Grade 9 – 4
  • Science: Grade 9 – 4
  • Plus One more Grade: 9 – 4

Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB)

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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