Advanced Apprenticeships

Advanced Apprenticeships

Each year we offer places in a variety of engineering specialisms on our Advanced Apprenticeship programme. It is a competitive selection process, but – for those who make it – the opportunity to train on the job (and be paid while you learn) is hard to match.

Our apprentices are based at the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group site here in Cambridge, with the initial foundation training undertaken in a dedicated workshop. After this initial training, you will transfer to the main work place to learn from experienced engineers, and work towards an NVQ Level 3. Other required qualifications, such as technical certificates, are obtained through day release at local colleges or delivered on site.

Many apprentices become mechanical or electrical/avionics fitters or skilled fitters on military shelters/equipment or mechanical or electrical/avionics design engineers. Some go on to study for degrees and other engineering qualifications. All have the potential to become top engineering professionals at Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group.

What you will learn

Along with hands-on experience, our apprenticeships cover:

  • Practical and theoretical engineering knowledge
  • Electrical/mechanical skills
  • Company systems and international regulations
  • Health and safety

Craft apprenticeships (up to four years)

  • Airframe/Propulsion Fitter
  • Electrical/Avionics Fitter
  • Skilled Fitters (Marshall Land Systems)

Technician apprenticeships (four years)

  • Design Engineer (Mechanical/Structures)
  • Design Engineer (Electrical/Avionics)

Entry qualifications

We receive many more applications than we have positions for. At the very least, you will need the following:

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade C which must include Maths, English and Science (Grade B for the technician apprenticeships)
  • Good spelling, grammar and spoken communication – crucial for understanding technical specifications
  • The right to work in the UK

The application process

We accept applications between 1 January and 31 January. Please visit for more information.

From there, we select the strongest applicants to take aptitude tests followed by practical tests and interviews. We would also ask for proof that you are eligible to work in the UK.

Those who stand out most at this stage will be recruited to start their paid apprenticeship in September.