Engineering Apprenticeship


Whether you’re still at school or college, or you’ve recently left and are thinking about a future in Engineering, the TUI Engineering Apprenticeship scheme will give you the best possible start to a highly rewarding career.

It’s the chance to train on-the-job using state-of-the-art machinery and equipment. You’ll also study to gain the theoretical modules you need to achieve your Aircraft Maintenance A-Licence. On top of this, you’ll be taught and mentored by highly experienced engineers and, whilst studying and learning on-the-job, you’ll also be paid a wage. It really is the best of both worlds!

And it’s not all work. You’ll be given time out to attend team-building events (such as a week in the Peak District and the Highland Walk) not to mention keeping-in-touch days with your family. They’ll also be able to attend our Families Day at the end of your first year.

The Recruitment Process

It starts with the submission of an application through the TUI Travel Recruitment Portal from March. The minimum requirement is five GCSEs grades A-C, with Maths, English and Science accounting for three of them.

It’s a good idea to include information on any engineering related projects/interests you are or have been involved with. The applications are then reviewed and, if successful, you’ll be invited to an Assessment Day.

An external company carries out this assessment, designed to test a variety of skills and knowledge including mechanical reasoning, Maths and logic.

The successful candidates are then invited to interview at TUI Head Office in Luton. Following this, a selection of candidates will be offered an Apprenticeship starting in October.

“I have enjoyed every moment of my first year on the Apprenticeship. No two days are ever the same and I have relished the opportunity to learn from a great team of people, both in the UK and abroad.”

Keeley Pope — Airways Aircraft Apprentice 2013

The Apprenticeship Journey

Eight-Month Aviation Technical Training Placement

You’ll attend Aviation Technical Training (ATT) at Cotswold Airport to study your aircraft theoretical modules to work towards obtaining your Aircraft Maintenance A-Licence.

Six-Month Hangar Placement

During the Winter Maintenance time you’ll join the engineers on the hangar floor where, under the guidance of a mentor, you’ll carry out many practical maintenance tasks on live aircraft.

Three-Month Placement within the Engineering Support Offices

You’ll get to find out what really goes on behind the scenes within Engineering and Maintenance, spending time in various support departments such as Technical Services, Planning, Technical Records, Continuing Airworthiness, Production Planning and many more.

Six-Month Line Placement

Over the summer you’ll work with line maintenance during our busy flying period, where you’ll train and assist with line turnarounds and line maintenance activities at Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham – all designed to introduce you to a busy operational environment.

Peak Training

At the end of your eight-month ATT
placement, you’ll get the opportunity to visit the Peak District with your co-apprentices and enjoy team-building activities, sports and other fun-packed adventures designed to help you unwind after an intensive period studying your A-Licence modules.

Families Day

As well as keeping-in-touch days with your families, they’ll be invited to Head Office at the end of your first year where we’ll give them an overview of what you’ve achieved, as well as introductions to relevant departmental managers. You’ll also get the opportunity to present to your parents. We do this to reassure them that you are in safe hands and are enjoying your Apprenticeship.

Apprentice of the Year

During Families Day we present our Apprentice of the Year Award to the most hard-working and high-achieving apprentice nominated by various departmental managers. It’s a very proud moment for you and your parents. We also ‘pass out’ the apprentices who have reached the end of the apprenticeship.

“My apprenticeship has been a
challenging but extremely rewarding career choice. I’ve been part of a great team that has guided me in achieving my full potential. It is an experience I will never forget.” Andrew Clorley, Apprentice of the Year 2014