Aerospace Engineer Apprenticeship (Level 6 – Degree)

Do you have a high level of attention to detail, excellent numeracy and IT skills, and a love of flying vehicles? Aerospace Engineering could be the career for you! Read on to find out more.

Career Overview

Completing the level 6 Aerospace Engineer apprenticeship unlocks many doors into the world of Aeronautical and Astronautical engineering: in other words, you will be able to make anything from drones to rockets fly in the sky or beyond.

The duration of this degree apprenticeship is typically 48 months; however, this will vary based on factors such as job role, prior qualifications, etc.

Specific careers titles that are typical of this degree include Aircraft Mechanic, Aerospace Engineer, Aircraft Engineer and Advanced Aircraft Manufacturer. The average salary for careers in Aerospace Engineering field in the UK is £48,000 per annum*; £18,400 higher than the national average. As your career progresses, you can expect a salary of £70,000+ in a senior job role.

*according to jobted.com

Entry Criteria

As this is a degree apprenticeship, applicants are often required to have at least level 3 qualifications or 96 UCAS points or equivalent, preferably including STEM based subjects. An example of this could be A levels which include. Some example STEM subjects would be Maths, Physics, ICT, or Computing.

This would be alongside 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, including the foundation subjects of Maths, English, and Double science or equivalent.

As with most apprenticeships, you must have level 2 Maths and English qualifications to complete the qualification, however if you don’t already have these you will get the opportunity to complete these during the apprenticeship if required.

Key Responsibilities

As an Aerospace Engineer, you will be working in research and development, testing, and production and maintenance of aircraft or spacecraft technology. It is vital that quality checks and procedures are carried out regularly and correctly to remain in line with health and safety regulations in this job role, as there is a lot of equipment and resources used that could pose a high risk.

Rocket launch - Aerospace Engineer Apprenticeship Career
Rocket launch at Aerospace Engineering Station

Core Competencies

As part of the apprenticeship, you’ll have to carry out duties in order to satisfy a number of core competencies. Some examples are:

  • complying with statutory, organisational, environmental, health and safety regulations
  • applying analytical methods (engineering mathematics – algebra, differentiation, function, geometry, trigonometry, statistics)
  • a wide range of technical skill sets that can be applied in a range of aerospace disciplines and contexts that could include research, development, design, procurement, logistics, planning, production, quality assurance, inspection, testing, installation, commissioning, maintenance, life cycle management, decommissioning, and environmental compliance such as:
    • Planning what has to be done, when and by whom
    • Ensuring that resources are available and capable of achieving the required outcomes.
    • Allocating and deploying resources in a timely manner
    • Completing/project managing work outputs/programmes to the required specification
    • Monitoring programmes of work and report progress to appropriate personnel.
    • Agreeing any amendments to work specification/work requirements
    • Ensuring that quality assurance requirements are adhered to
    • Retaining and storing documentation and records for traceability

Knowledge Modules and Vendor Exams

There are three qualifications that need to be completed in order to complete the apprenticeship. These are:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation (Foundation Competence)
  • Level 4 Diploma in Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing (Development Competence)
  • Level 6 Bachelor Honours Degree (BEng) Stipulated by the employer and accredited by an Engineering Council licenced Professional Engineering Institution

All of these have to be completed in order to get the final certification. The apprenticeship is industry recognised, aligning with the current UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) at Incorporated Engineering (IEng) level.

Conclusion

You’ll certainly come very close to the common childhood dream of becoming an astronaut in the Aerospace Engineering career, working with prestige companies behind the scenes shaping the future and helping unlock much more of the undiscovered universe.

To find open positions offering an Aerospace Engineer degree apprenticeship, you can check out the Government website or by contacting training providers such as Apprentice Now. Not the career for you? That’s fine, you can find more apprenticeships in the UK here on our blog.

Level 3 Advanced Baker Apprenticeship – All You Need to Know

Man using a bakery stone oven as an example of an Advanced Baker
Interested in a level 3 Advanced Baker Apprenticeship?

The baking industry has experienced a rise over the last years, especially in the artisanal products area. Demand for healthier or gluten-free options have helped develop this market. A level 3 Advanced Baker standard is a great spring board for future leaders of the industry.

The average baker can sell thousands of leaves and baked goods a week. It is a fast paced, ever-growing area of the food & drink industry, where the baker is in direct control of the final outcome of the products.

The Advanced Baker Standard

As an advanced baker, you are expected to have demonstrable knowledge of bakery techniques in a range of activities. The role is focused on manufacturing baked goods such as bread loaves, pastries, pies and biscuits. Understanding of product costing and pricing, as well as quality monitoring are essential for the role. During the apprenticeship, the advanced baker may also be expected to develop leadership and people management techniques, as this is the perfect standard for future leaders of the industry.

This is a level 3 Apprenticeship standard in the Engineering and Manufacturing route. It is expected to last 24 months (EPA period not included) and will provide you with all the skill and knowledge you need to work on automated, in-store or craft bakeries. 

Some of the employers involved in creating this standard are 2 Sisters Food Group, Hovis, Sainsbury’s and Warburtons. This ensures the quality of the standard.

Apprenticeships are a great option to earn while you learn. The average starting wage for an Advanced Baker is £13.000 which is a good starting wage for an apprentice. 

What do you need to apply for an Advanced Baker Apprenticeship?

The full entry requirements are set by your employers and can vary. However, you are required to have 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for any advanced apprenticeship.

Any knowledge of baking techniques and general cooking skills would be advantageous.

It is always recommended to practise your interview skills and approach the process with enthusiasm and a positive mental attitude in order to stand out and be noticed by any potential employer.

Woman working in a bakery as an example of an Advanced Baker
Advanced Bakers are qualified to work on large-scale, in-store or craft bakeries.

What skills will you develop as an Advanced Baker?

Here are some of the skills this apprenticeship standard will help you acquire and develop:

  • Advanced practical baking skills, including mixing, decorative moulding and finished product decoration. Previous entry-level skills may be required.
  • The ability to mix doughs, using sours, sponges, and enzymes. Fermentation techniques.
  • Formulating a recipe from scratch and how to enhance it.
  • Actively participate in new or existing bakery product development.

Team working and leadership skills are also part of the Advanced Baker standard, as well as producing risk assessments, quality monitoring testing and other health and safety procedures.

In addition to these, you will also achieve the following technical knowledge:

  • Different bakery types, such as puff pastry manufacture, frying… etc.
  • Advanced principles of ingredients and their functionality.
  • Advanced recipe formulation.

You will also demonstrate knowledge in product costing, New/Existing Product Development (NPD/EPD) and waste management. As part of any advanced apprenticeship, leadership, relationship building and problem solving are core skills that will be acquired as well during the 24 month duration of the standard.

Qualifications & Career opportunities 

The successful completion of this standard will award a Level 3 Advanced Baker qualification, which can lead to some of the following roles/opportunities:

  • Progressing into full time employment with your current employer
  • Senior/Management baking roles
  • Factory Director
  • Open/manage your own bakery
  • In-store baking roles

These are only some of the options, there will be many other offers within the baking industry. The level 3 Advanced Baker is the perfect option for someone that is passionate about planning, crafting and selling baking goods, either in their own craft shop or in large-scale production factories. 

You can also take a look at all the apprenticeships standards here

Full list of approved Engineering & Manufacturing Apprenticeships

engineering apprenticeships

There is currently over 100 approved Engineering & Manufacturing apprenticeship available for employers and apprentices in the UK. These apprenticeships cover a wide range of industry fields such as water treatment, aerospace, fashion, rail engineering and gas networks. This shows the diversity of choice available for Engineering Apprenticeships.

Engineering apprenticeships are offered from level 2 up to level 7 Masters degree and there is a number of progression opportunities for different industry types.

Manufacturing & Engineering Apprenticeships:

Level 2: Abattoir worker
Level 3: Accident Repair Technician
Level 3: Advanced Baker
Level 5: Advanced dairy technologist
Level 6: Aerospace engineer (degree)
Level 6: Aerospace software development engineer (degree)
Level 4: Aircraft maintenance certifying engineer
Level 2: Autocare technician
Level 3: Automotive glazing technician
Level 2: Aviation maintenance mechanic (military)
Level 2: Bicycle mechanic
Level 3: Boatbuilder
Level 4: Brewer
Level 3: Bus and coach engineering technician
Level 3: Composites Technician
Level 6: Control / technical support engineer (degree)
Level 6: Electrical / electronic technical support engineer (degree)
Level 4: Electrical Power Networks Engineer
Level 4: Electrical power protection and plant commissioning engineer
Level 6: Embedded electronic systems design and development engineer (degree)
Level 3: Engineering design and draughtsperson
Level 3: Engineering fitter
Level 2: Engineering operative
Level 3: Engineering Technician
Level 3: Fashion and textiles pattern cutter
Level 4: Fashion and textiles product technologist
Level 6: Food and drink advanced engineer (degree)
Level 3: Food and drink advanced process operator
Level 3: Food and drink maintenance engineer
Level 2: Food and drink process operator
Level 2: Footwear manufacturer
Level 2: Furniture manufacturer
Level 3: Gas network craftsperson
Level 2: Gas network team leader
Level 2: General welder (arc processes)
Level 3: Heavy vehicle service and maintenance technician
Level 3: Heritage engineering technician
Level 4: High Speed Rail & Infrastructure Technician
Level 3: Leisure & Entertainment Engineering Technician
Level 3: Lift and escalator electromechanic
Level 3: Maintenance and operations engineering technician
Level 6: Manufacturing engineer (degree)
Level 6: Manufacturing manager (degree)
Level 3: Marine Engineer
Level 2: Maritime electrical / mechanical mechanic
Level 7: Materials process engineer (Degree)
Level 3: Metal casting, foundry & patternmaking technician
Level 3: Metal fabricator
Level 2: Mineral and construction product sampling and testing operations
Level 2: Mineral Processing Mobile and Static Plant Operator
Level 2: Mineral processing weighbridge operator
Level 3: Motor vehicle service and maintenance technician (light vehicle)
Level 3: Motorcycle technician (repair and maintenance)
Level 3: Multi-positional welder (arc processes)
Level 2: Non-destructive testing (NDT) operator
Level 6: Non-destructive testing engineer (degree)
Level 3: Non-destructive testing engineering technician
Level 2: Nuclear health physics monitor
Level 2: Nuclear Operative
Level 6: Nuclear scientist and nuclear engineer (degree)
Level 5: Nuclear Technician
Level 4: Nuclear welding inspection technician
Level 6: Ordnance munitions and explosives (OME) professional
Level 6: Packaging professional (degree)
Level 3: Papermaker
Level 7: Post graduate engineer
Level 7: Power engineer (degree)
Level 3: Power network craftsperson
Level 7: Process automation engineer (degree)
Level 4: Process leader
Level 6: Product design and development engineer (degree)
Level 3: Project controls technician
Level 4: Propulsion technician
Level 5: Rail & rail systems engineer
Level 7: Rail & rail systems principal engineer (degree)
Level 6: Rail & rail systems senior engineer (degree)
Level 4: Rail engineering advanced technician
Level 2: Rail engineering operative
Level 3: Rail engineering technician
Level 3: Refrigeration air conditioning and heat pump engineering Technician
Level 7: Risk and safety management professional (degree)
Level 4: Road transport engineering manager
Level 3: Science industry maintenance technician
Level 6: Science industry process/plant engineer (degree)
Level 2: Science Manufacturing Process Operative
Level 3: Science manufacturing technician
Level 2: Sewing Machinist
Level 2: Specialist tyre operative
Level 3: Survival equipment fitter
Level 7: Systems engineering (degree)
Level 2: Textile care operative
Level 2: Textile manufacturing operative
Level 3: Utilities engineering technician
Level 4: Vehicle damage assessor
Level 3: Vehicle damage mechanical, electrical and trim (MET) technician
Level 3: Vehicle damage paint technician
Level 3: Vehicle damage panel technician
Level 3: Water process technician
Level 3: Water treatment technician