Engineering Apprenticeships l Gatwick Airport

Engineering apprenticeships

At Gatwick we're dedicated to shaping the future of world travel and delivering the highest possible standards.

Our engineers work round the clock, 365 days a year and are essential to the smooth running of the airport. This means having a well trained, motivated team of technicians to ensure the equipment at our airport is safe, reliable and works when it should! 

About our engineering apprenticeship programme

We run a four year programme which offers you the chance to earn while you train and get a nationally recognised qualification at the end of the course. Are you the type of person who can:

  • Attend college regularly, work hard and ensure your assessments are completed to the highest standards?
  • Work as part of a team?
  • Take personal responsibility for working safely and follow the company's health and safety policies at all times?
  • Be flexible and helpful?
  • Maintain high professional standards at all times?

If you answered yes, here's what you will be doing:

First year: Training full time at East Surrey College in BTEC Electrical Engineering.

Second year: On-site training at the airport, spending three months at a time in different engineering departments. Continuing with BTEC Electrical Engineering and beginning NVQ Level 3 in Engineering Maintenance. 

Third year: Ongoing training at engineering departments at the airport. Continuing NVQ Level 3 in Engineering Maintenance and one day a week at college to study HNC in Electrical Engineering. 

Fourth year: Ongoing placements within engineering departments at the airport. One day a week at college to complete HNC in Electrical Engineering.  

Want to apply? 

Here's our criteria for applying to be an apprentice. You'll need to:

  • Have a minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or Level 4/5 in English, maths and a technical subject
  • Be interested in mechanical or electrical engineering
  • Be aged between 16 and 57
  • Embrace the desire to learn in a challenging, fast moving airport environment
  • Show good communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team.


See what happened when our Head of Engineering, Tony Yates, spent the day with some of our engineering apprentices for National Apprenticeship Week.