London Gatwick opens applications for engineering apprenticeships

Engineering apprentices at Gatwick Airport
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Len Varley - Assistant Editor 5 Min Read
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London Gatwick has launched its prestigious engineering apprenticeship programme for 2024, with applications open from today, following a successful National Apprenticeship Week.  

Now in its 47th year, London Gatwick’s apprenticeship programme has seen more than 300 people graduate since 1977.

Applications are now open this year for four engineering apprenticeship roles, starting in August.

Applications Open for Apprenticeship Programme

Are you an aspiring engineer looking for an exciting opportunity to kickstart your career? Look no further than London Gatwick’s prestigious engineering apprenticeship programme for 2024.

With applications now open, this renowned programme offers a pathway to becoming a fully-qualified Engineering Technician while gaining invaluable hands-on experience at one of the world’s busiest single-runway airports.

Celebrating its 47th year, London Gatwick’s apprenticeship programme boasts a rich history of nurturing talent in the field of engineering.

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Since its inception in 1977, over 300 individuals have graduated from the programme, equipped with the skills and knowledge to thrive in the aviation industry.

Four Roles on Offer

This year, London Gatwick is offering four coveted engineering apprenticeship roles, providing successful applicants with the chance to embark on a four-year journey of growth and development.

With applications open until March 4, 2024, aspiring engineers have the opportunity to seize their chance to join this esteemed programme.

A view across the tramac at London Gatwick Airport
Photo Credit: Gatwick Airport

Comprehensive Learning Experience

The programme is structured to provide a holistic learning experience, blending theoretical knowledge with practical application.

Apprentices will spend their first year at East Surrey College in Redhill, where they will study a range of practical and theory-based subjects, working towards a BTEC level three qualification.

Subsequent years will see apprentices rotating through various engineering sectors at the airport, including airfield, baggage, Specialist Systems, shuttles, and HVAC, among others.

Earn While You Learn

One of the key benefits of London Gatwick’s apprenticeship programme is the opportunity to earn while you learn.

Apprentices will receive hands-on experience in real-world engineering environments while earning a competitive salary.

This unique combination of work and study ensures that apprentices graduate with both practical skills and industry-standard qualifications.

A Pathway to Employment

Upon successful completion of the programme, apprentices will emerge as fully-qualified Engineering Technicians, equipped with industry-recognized qualifications.

This opens doors to a wide range of career opportunities within the aviation industry, setting the stage for a successful and fulfilling career journey.

An aerial view of London Gatwick Airport
Photo Credit: Gatwick Airport

Testimonials from Former Apprentices

Dave White, Apprentice Development Lead at London Gatwick, highlights the program’s success, stating, “London Gatwick is an exciting and unique place for any young, aspiring engineer to learn and develop their skills.”

Former apprentice, Finley Toner, echoes this sentiment, describing his experience as “amazing,” emphasizing the friendships forged and the invaluable insights gained into the inner workings of the airport.

London Gatwick’s commitment to nurturing young engineering talent extends beyond its apprenticeship programme.

The airport engages with local schools through Learn Live initiatives and hosts events at its on-site STEM Centre, inspiring and empowering the next generation of engineers.

Conclusion

London Gatwick’s engineering apprenticeship programme aligns with its broader strategy of promoting employment, fostering skills development, and driving economic growth in the region.

With plans to bring the airport’s existing Northern Runway into routine use, London Gatwick is investing in its long-term future, ensuring resilience, reducing delays, and creating new opportunities for trade, tourism, and employment.

The airport’s successful apprenticeship programme was recognised with second place in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers in the Rate My Apprenticeship Awards in both 2021-22 and 2022-23.

Gatwick was also placed as one of the leading apprenticeship providers in the UK last year. More information can be found on Gatwick’s website page.

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London Gatwick has now opened its engineering apprenticeship programme 2024, and is recruiting for 4 new apprentices to start in August.
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