BA Welcomes Apprentices

Students who are due to start their apprenticeships this summer have just begun their 18-week course at Kingston College. (BA)

Students who are due to start their apprenticeships this summer have just begun their 18-week course at Kingston College. (BA)

British Airways (BA) has welcomed the first ever Heathrow Operations apprentices to the airport.
Over 18 months, the 15 apprentices will get a hands-on experience of how BA co-ordinates almost 600 daily fights in and out of Heathrow with the 3,000-strong operations team using Terminal 5.
The programme will cover how the airline manages baggage handling, loading and ground transport operation for BA’s 90,000 daily passengers.  At the end of their apprenticeships, the students will gain a Level Two Diploma and Certificate in Aviation Operations on the Ground.
Director of Operations for BA, Andy Lord, said: “Developing young talent allows British Airways to invest in its future and helps to ensure the highest levels of customer service and operational performance for years to come.”
Heathrow will have two intakes of apprentices a year.  They will initially complete an 18-week BA Operations course at nearby Kingston College, which includes two weeks of experience at the airport.

52 Comments

  1. Hi Aaron,
    I’ve spoken to BA and they sent me this:
    British Airways Engineering’s apprenticeship scheme is run in conjunction with four colleges: Kingston College, Brooklands College, Farnborough College of Technology and Uxbridge College.
    After successfully completing the year at college, the students will have the opportunity to become full time employees of British Airways, based at Heathrow. They will then gain experience working across various engineering departments as well as attending College on a day release basis. There is then the opportunity to become a full-time mechanic with the airline.
    Students can apply by visiting the college websites at:
    http://www.farn-ct.ac.uk, http://www.kingston-college.ac.uk, http://www.brooklands.ac.uk or http://www.uxbridge.ac.uk.
    Good luck!
    Caroline.

    • Hello Joshua,
      I’m afraid I don’t know how much the apprentices get paid – you would have to contact BA directly. Alternatively, one of the colleges that run the scheme may be able to offer you more information.
      Caroline.

  2. hey i’m 17yrs old and i want to become a commercial pilot for BA. how exactly do i apply?
    thank you

  3. Hello ! I am Seeking apprenticeship in BA. My qualification is completed Aircraft Maintenance Engineering equivalent to ICAO STANDARD II ,full time course From Bharat Institute Of Aeronautics Approved by DGCA. How can i apply here

    • You will need to contact the colleges that are partnered with BA to apply for the courses there. Please see instructions in my first comment at the top of the comments section – it has a message from BA regarding the apprenticeship schemes.
      Regards,
      Caroline.

  4. hi, i would like to know if i can get a job in the airport, i am 18 and would like to work for an airline doing passenger handling service – could you please inform me if you know if they do any sort of apprenticeship in passenger handling.
    Thanks

  5. Hi
    Just wanted to know whether the only way to get an apprenticeship was to go to the colleges or whether you could apply directly to BA?

    • I think it is just through the colleges, but there won’t be any harm in going directly to BA and asking them. If you follow the links in my other comments, you should be able to find a contact number or email address. Good luck!

  6. hi…i’m sara, 17.. Just finshed level 2 travel and tourism at college and wanted to apply for cabin crew or customer service apprenticeship with BA, but it seems all i could find is engineering apprenticeship… could you please give me any information regarding this.

    • Hi Sara,
      You would have to contact BA directly to find that out. If you follow the links in my other comments, someone at BA Recruitment should be able to help you.
      Caroline.

  7. Hi im 17 years old and i would like to become a commercial pilot were could i apply for an apprentishipp

    • Hi Imran,
      Please take a look at the BA Recruitment website – I have posted the link in several comments above. Hopefully that will lead you to the right people.
      Best of luck,
      Caroline.

  8. Hi there I’m 20 years old and was very interested if the BA are doing any apprenticeships for engineering
    And how I go about applying?

    • Hi Daniel,
      Thanks for your enquiry. I’m not sure which apprenticeships BA are doing at the moment. You should follow the links I’ve posted on this thread in previous comments and hopefully you’ll be able to speak to somebody at the airline.
      Good luck!
      Caroline.

  9. Hi there I was wondering if there is any apprenticeships that could help me become an air traffic controller. I know that you have to be 18 to that course so is there anything to do till then as I’m only 16?

    • Hi Tom,
      You would have to go directly to BA to ask. Follow the recruitment links in my other comments.
      Good luck!
      Caroline.

  10. Hi, im 15 and will be sitting my GCSE’s next June. I’m interested in applying for a aircraft engineering apprenticeship but i’m unsure on when and where to apply? Also any info about the apprenticeship that you can give will be much appreciated!

    • Hi Daniel,
      I’m afraid we can’t give you any more information than BA has given us. How about you go to their recruitment website (links found in my other comments on this thread)? Hopefully they will be able to help you out and give you the information you’re looking for.
      Good luck!
      Caroline.

  11. Hello, I’m leaving school next year and I’m having a look round to see if I can get a apprentiships in checking staff or cabin crew, but I can not find any. Can any of you’s help me please???

    • Hi Zara,
      It would most likely be more useful to you to go to an airline directly and ask them. Check out BA’s recruitment website in my other comments.
      Regards,
      Caroline.

  12. Im am leaving school soon as im in year 11, i want to do an advanced apperenticeships to do with customer services or ticketing in the airport, can you help me find an airline which do it and how do i apply? Thanks x

    • Hi Sara,
      Thanks for your comment. I’m sure that most airlines will have apprenticeships of this nature. In terms of BA, I’m afraid all I can do is send you to http://www.britishairwaysjobs.com. There is a tab for placement year jobs, graduates and apprenticeships, and you could always call them for more advice.
      Hope this helps,
      Caroline.

  13. Hello, I’ve wanted to work for British Airways for more than 2 years now. I am 16 and currently living in Ireland. I am in my second last year of secondary school.
    I really would love to become a flight attendant but I have searched the entire Cabin Crew recruitment section on the BA website and I can’t find any indications as to what do. What steps do I take? When I am 18 I am going to relocate to the UK. What do I do when I get there? Where is the Application form?
    Thanks in advance. 🙂

  14. hi im 16 and want to do an apprenticeship as an air hostess for BA,Virgin or Thomas
    i was just wondering what i need to do in order to get on to that course, or is there any websites i can look on to help ??
    thanks x

  15. Im looking for an engineering apprenticeship with BA where can i apply. Plus i live in Manchester and all the BA apprenticeships are around London. Do i get accommodation with apprenticeship? Thanks.

    • Hi Ian,
      Airports International is not actually affiliated with BA or its apprenticeships. I’m afraid all we know is what has been put in the article above. If you would like to know more about the apprenticeships, you could try contacting BA directly through the links that I’ve posted in my previous comments. I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help.
      Best of luck,
      Caroline.

  16. I am 17 years old, 18 in March.
    I am really interested in becoming an Air Hostess. I don’t know where to start. How do I apply for an apprenticeship? Also, are the one day training courses online legitimate?
    Thankyou.

    • Hi Casey,
      I’m afraid all I can help you with is to direct you to the recruitment pages that I have put in my previous comments above. I have just Googled your request and came across this website: http://jobs.cabincrew.com/ It looks like this is the best place for career advice.
      Hopes this helps,
      Caroline.

  17. Hi is there any colleges in London where I can do Aviation Operations on The Ground and London Heathrow Airport Apprenticeships?
    Thanks

    • Hi Mubeen,
      I’m afraid I don’t know the answer to this – you could always try contacting Heathrow and asking for advice.
      Thanks,
      Caroline.

  18. Hello I’m 16 and would like to work at the ground floor in Heathrow airport or to do with something for BA. What do I need to do for this to happen ?

    • Hi Jaime,
      You would have to contact BA directly and ask them. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.
      Caroline.

  19. I’m looking for an apprenticeship with BA but everywhere I look it seems they only take on apprentices at Heathrow. Do you know of any places further north? North-west preferably.

  20. Hi Caroline…. i just completed my Higher National Diploma in Aerospace Engineering from Emirates Aviation College (UAE). How do i apply for Apprenticeships?…

    • Hi Anilkumar,
      Congratulations on your diploma! I’m afraid I don’t know exactly how to apply for apprenticeships. I assume you’re wanting to work for British Airways, in which case I would suggest having a look at their careers website http://www.britishairways.com/careers/. Hopefully you will get somewhere that way.
      All the best,
      Caroline.

    • Hi Mark,
      I’m not sure what BA offers – you would have to contact the company directly.
      Thanks,
      Caroline.

  21. I wanted to know whether BA is offering apprenticeships to international students and will it be paid? and can you please provide me with a complete detail of course timetable and outline.
    Are there any international fee for the program which you can inform me about?
    I can also provide my Resume if needed.
    I shall be thankful to you
    Kind Regards!
    Joshua

    • Hi Joshua,
      I’m afraid I can’t help you with your enquiry – you would have to speak to BA directly.
      Regards,
      Caroline.

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