Level 3 Apprenticeship

Aircraft Fitter

Aircraft Fitter

This page provides an overview of the level 3 Aircraft Fitter apprenticeship programme delivered by Marshall Skills Academy. It includes a concise description of the duties apprentices must perform, details about the programme structure, qualifications embedded in the programme, and the entry requirements.

Duties of an Apprentice Aircraft Fitter:

  • Actively participate in training sessions, exams and one-on-one meetings with tutors/assessors.
  • Manage time effectively, balancing requirements of coursework, assignments and exams.
  • Engage in self-reflection on your practice and experiences, incorporating feedback for continuous improvement.
  • Perform scheduled aircraft maintenance and servicing.
  • Address unscheduled aircraft maintenance, including defect rectification for aircraft systems and components.
  • Execute repairs on airframe structures.
  • Undertake all levels of modifications to aircraft structures, systems and interiors.
  • Fulfil related duties, including operating ground equipment, assisting in aircraft movements and participating in aircraft delivery.

Your journey as an Aircraft Fitter Apprentice is an opportunity to develop your excellence, versatility, and precision. Embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead as you rise to meet aviation industry's high standards and innovation.

The Apprenticeship

As an Aircraft Fitter Apprentice, you will follow the level 3 Engineering Technician Apprenticeship Standard (Fixed and Rotary Wing). More detailed information can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education’s website.

As an Aircraft Fitter Apprentice, you will gain the following qualifications during your three-to-four-year programme:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace & Aviation Engineering
  • Level 3 Diploma in On-Aircraft Maintenance Category A (technical knowledge qualification)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance (competence qualification)

You will work towards developing key knowledge, skills and behaviours through a range of workshop training, classroom sessions and on the job learning. Alongside your technical skills, you will also develop the behaviours needed to set the foundation for your future career. You will be supported every step of the way by our instructors, mentors, line managers and fellow apprentices.

You will complete an initial block of learning in the Marshall Skills Academy workshop in order to gain your level 2 competence qualification, before moving into the workplace. An assessor will meet with you every six weeks to review and sign off on your competence qualification. For your knowledge qualification, you will also attend a combination of day and block release learning - either in person or virtually.

All qualifications can be completed within three years (though some businesses may need extra time to provide the experience required for the competence qualification). Following completion of all qualifications, you will then move into the End Point Assessment (EPA) period, which can take up to six months to complete.

Who is this programme for?

This programme is designed for individuals coming out of year 11 or year 13, or those looking for a complete change in career with no previous experience. There is no upper age limit or prior experience requirement, but you will need to demonstrate a passion for the work and an aptitude for a hands-on career. Marshall Skills Academy includes an assessment as part of the recruitment process to gauge potential and aptitude for the type of training being delivered.

Individuals who already hold engineering (and specifically aeronautical) engineering qualifications may not be fully funded by the apprenticeship levy or eligible to join the programme at all. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please get in touch via the contact form and a member of our Early Careers team will advise you further.

Entry requirements

  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade A* - C/4-9 (or equivalent) including Mathematics, English and Science.
  • Must not have already completed the level 2 or 3 qualifications listed above in the “Apprenticeships we deliver” section.
  • Right to work in the UK and residency eligibility (required for funding).
  • Must successfully pass all required medical and security checks.

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