Guidance

Aviation operations on the ground apprenticeships

Types of apprenticeships that you can apply for in the aviation operations on the ground sector.

The purpose of this apprenticeship is to attract new people into the aviation industry, as well as improving current workers’ skills.

Training opportunities

Ground aviation operators help with all matters relating to the aircraft while it’s in the airport and on the runway. This can range from passenger support and baggage handling to working for the airport itself, maintaining the airfield or communicating with pilots as they come in to land.

Because of the security and safety measures surrounding airports and airlines, you will need to pass a Disclosure and Barring Service check, and must be able to prove 5 years’ continuous references (these can be from school, college or university, as well as from past employers).

Types of apprenticeships

There are 2 types of apprenticeships in this sector.

Intermediate level apprenticeships

You could train in roles like:

  • passenger service agent
  • ramp agent
  • aircraft dispatch agent
  • airfield maintenance
  • aircraft operations agent
  • load control agent

Advanced level apprenticeships

You could train in roles like:

  • passenger service lead/senior agent
  • ramp team leader
  • dispatch allocator
  • operations watch controller
  • load control senior agent

Apply for an aviation operations on the ground apprenticeship

You can become an apprentice in England if you’re:

  • 16 or over
  • eligible to work in England
  • not in full-time education