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Aviation apprenticeships

Four new apprenticeship standards have been developed for aviation. They form progressive career pathways, incorporating the knowledge, skills and behaviours employers have defined for today’s industry.

The standards have been designed so that they apply across the sector, allowing organisations to incorporate their own ways of working, products and services into the learning and development, whilst ensuring it meets one national standard.

Aviation apprenticeship standards and assessment plans

All four standards and assessment plans have been approved for delivery and can be accessed here:

Awaiting approval:

Under consultation:

Guidance documents to support delivery of the standards

The following guidance documents have been designed to help employers and training providers plan training programmes and to ensure the outcome of the apprenticeship standards is met by apprentices:

Employers occupational brief

Occupational briefs have been designed to help employers and training providers plan training programmes and curriculum to ensure the outcome of the apprenticeship standards is met by apprentices. The content has been written by People 1st with the input of employers and providers and are valuable tools to ensure the consistency of apprenticeship training. 

Requirements for English and maths – applicable for ALL apprenticeship standards:

For apprenticeships at level 2:

If an apprentice has not already achieved level 2 English and maths they must:

  • Study for and take the tests for level 2 English and maths
  • Achieve level 1 English and maths

For apprenticeships at level 3 and above:

If an apprentice has not already achieved level 2 English and maths they must:

  • Achieve level 2 English and maths

Must be completed prior to independent end assessment

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Consultation on the apprenticeship standard for first officer - have your say

We are currently consulting on the apprenticeship standard for first officer - have your say. Survey closes 10 November 2017.

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Withdrawal of apprenticeship pathways

As a result of our sector consultation, and communication with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), People 1st is extending the withdrawal date of apprenticeships pathways for hospitality, travel, bus and coach, retail, funeral services and aviation as outlined here.

These dates are final with exception of the three highlighted pathways where the replacement standards are currently being developed and are subject to approval. Any queries regarding this announcement should be directed to trailblazer@people1st.co.uk

The aviation trailblazer group responsible for developing the aviation apprenticeship standards is formed of members for the Aviation Industry Skills Board (AISB).

The AISB was formed in 2007 and has been facilitated by People 1st since 2011 as part of a joint collaborative working partnership for the aviation sector.

The AISB is currently chaired by Karen Hewitt, British Airways, supported by co-vice chairs David Brewster, Thomas Cook and Julie Whittle, Swissport. Members include:

Virgin Atlantic; Heathrow Airport; Menzies Aviation; Easyjet; Gatwick Airport; TUI; Flybe; RAF; MAG; Bristow Group; Monarch Engineering; Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Department of Transport (DfT).