Careers

The aerospace engineering companies involved in the Flying Start Challenge all offer young individuals opportunities for early careers. If you are a student who enjoyed competing in the challenge, and you have an interest in engineering, please see the below information on what our sponsoring companies can offer you.

Airbus are at the forefront of innovation and a proven leader in global aerospace. Airbus designs, manufactures and delivers cutting-edge commercial aircraft, helicopters, military transporters, satellites and launch vehicles, as well as providing data services, navigation, cyber and communications security, urban mobility and other solutions for customers on a global scale.

At Airbus, we draw on each other’s expertise and experience and put our passion and determination into exploring sustainable aerospace developments. We connect to the best minds. We make bold decisions. We find smart solutions. We get the world’s most advanced technologies off the ground.

Head over to the Airbus YouTube channel to find out more…

Graduate Schemes

As a graduate at Airbus, you’ll be taking your first steps towards building a big career. This means moving through a series of rotational placements that will enable you to explore different areas of the business in-depth and to develop the experience, knowledge and understanding you need to progress throughout the organisation. What you do will make a difference – on the ground, in the sky and in space.

Departments you can join include:

Engineering, Quality, Project Management, Finance, Human Resources, Supply Management, Customer Services & Support, Cyber, Manufacturing, Marketing and Digital

Apprenticeships

As an Apprentice at Airbus, you’ll be taking your first steps towards building a big career. This means moving through a range of different placements that will enable you to explore different areas of the business in-depth and to develop the experience, knowledge and understanding you need to progress throughout the organisation. What you do will make a difference – on the ground, in the sky and in space.

Schemes which you can join: Digital & Technology Solutions Degree, Plant Engineering Manufacturing Aerospace, Technical, Quality Engineering, Business Degree, Customer Services Engineering, Procurement and Supply Chain Degree, Plant Mechanical and Electrical, Supply Chain Operations Degree, Engineering Degree, Engineering Technician and Craft Manufacturing Aero Apprenticeships

Internships

As an Intern at Airbus, you’ll be taking your first steps towards building your career. You’ll have the opportunity to expand your skill set and get hands-on experience in a vibrant environment, working with talented, inspiring people. What you do will make a difference – on the ground, in the sky and in space.

We offer a wide variety of opportunities across many disciplines – ranging from engineering, IT, cyber, procurement and finance to strategy, customer support, marketing and sales. Please note: Most of our internships are of twelve months’ duration, although shorter internships are occasionally available.

 

At BAE Systems, we develop advanced defence technology to provide our customers with a competitive edge across the land, sea and air. We employ a workforce of over 85,800 that operate in over 40 countries which make up one of the largest global defence suppliers in the world. We take over 1000 hires into our early careers schemes every year and continue to invest £90m+ annually into education and skills.

We’re bringing a unique strategy and vision into the future of defence. We aim to be the premier in international defence by staying true to our values of being trusted, innovative and bold.

Head over to the BAE Systems YouTube channel to find out more…

Graduate Schemes

Our graduates and undergraduates are happy to be working in real projects developing real skills from day one. As a company we aim to include graduates from a range of diverse backgrounds and cultures with the skill and enthusiasm to support projects and drive our programs.

Joining our schemes at BAE Systems will reward you with a competitive salary, generous leave and a comprehensive benefits package including share schemes, product and service discounts, professional mentoring, innovative training programmes and a commitment to protect your work life balance

Apprenticeships

We offer over 30 award winning apprenticeship programmes across our sectors and sites in the UK that span a massive range of areas in engineering and other fields such as finance, project management and cyber security. Our apprentices strive to be the future leading experts in their respective field and grow through the knowledge and experience passed down through the mentors at BAE Systems.

With an average of 2000 apprentices in the business at one time, there is no other place with more experience and infrastructure on which to support your early career and transition into future opportunities and roles.

Leonardo employs around 7,000 people throughout the UK, 67% of whom hold highly skilled positions. We are one of the largest employers of engineering apprentices and graduates in the UK, with more than 400 people on undergraduate, graduate and apprentice training programmes.

In the UK, Leonardo spends around £3.5 million on employee training and development annually, providing young people with the opportunity to gain qualifications through on-the-job training, whilst simultaneously undertaking academic study.

Leonardo’s growing footprint offers real depth of capability; with more than 45,000 employees worldwide, we have the global resources to deliver. By instilling the importance of engineering in younger generations, we nurture the talent of tomorrow and help guarantee our future business prosperity.

 

Head over to the Leonardo YouTube channel to find out more…

Apprenticeships

Leonardo is a large employer of engineering, manufacturing, business and cyber apprentices in the UK, with over 400 graduates and apprentices in training at different facilities across the country.

Entrants to the programme, typically aged 16-19 on joining, undertake an intensive training programme lasting two, three or four years, depending upon the scheme, which results in their graduating with a substantial depth of skills in the area in which they have specialised. The programmes consist of both academic “off-the-job” and structured “on-the-job” learning.

Graduate Schemes

Each year we seek to recruit enthusiastic people who are willing to drive change and innovate. All our opportunities for undergraduates provide practical experience and development in a supportive environment.

Our two-year graduate training programmes have been designed to support your first steps after leaving university and to help you develop your career. Through a comprehensive induction programme, you will have the chance to gain a complete picture of the organisation and be involved in real challenges from day one. You will have the opportunity to learn from colleagues who are experts in their field, while always being encouraged to use your initiative.

Others

At Leonardo, we have long believed that offering placements and work experience is invaluable to employers and students, enabling them to understand the full diversity of a career in STEM.

Undertaking a UK placement with Leonardo can open up your horizons to the diverse and dynamic ways in which your studies can be used within the global high-tech company. Leonardo offers the following placement opportunities:

  • Work experience
  • Summer Internships
  • Industrial Internships
  • Placements in partnership with EDT as Year In Industry (YINI)

MBDA is a world leader in missiles and missile systems. In the UK we have a workforce of over 4000 located at our three main sites in Bristol, Bolton and Stevenage. Globally, our employees total over 11,000 with sites in France, Italy, Spain, Germany and the USA. We are the first truly integrated European Defence company; supplying all branches of the armed forces. We are currently ranked 11th in The Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies To Work For in 2019.

Recruiting over 200 Early Careers members each year creates a great community feel at MBDA. We promote social activities through our societies and sports teams, we make ‘work life balance’ a reality with our flexible benefits and we give employees the opportunity to give something back by volunteering.

We believe our Early Careers members are the future of defence and because of this, you will receive the up-most support as well as bespoke training and development courses to become the best version of yourself.

Head over to the MBDA YouTube channel to find out more…

Apprenticeships

Our four-year apprenticeship schemes provide you with a platform to study for a recognised qualification and gain incredible work experience at the same time.

We offer apprenticeships in Engineering, Software and Business areas. You will move around the company in rotational placements where you will gain a wider understanding, build a network within the organisation and define your future career with us. 

You will work at one of our MBDA sites and study for your qualification via day release at university or college. In addition, we organise bespoke training courses focused on your development to further enhance and improve your skill set.

Work Experience

We typically offer work experience at each of our sites in the UK, we are currently in the process of redesigning this programme. Please check back regularly for updates, or on the link below.

Graduate Scheme and Internships

Graduates: 

We offer two-year graduate schemes in a wide range of Business and Engineering areas. Our structured programmes allow you to progress your career by challenging yourself professionally and personally, all whilst playing a role in protecting national security.

Undergraduates:

We offer a wide range of ten-month placements in both Business and Engineering areas. These opportunities are available to second year university students who desire to gain real industry experience to support their degree.

Summer Placements:

We offer summer placements in both Business and Engineering areas for university students who are anywhere from their first to final year of study. These run for 10 – 12 weeks starting in June.

We are one of the world’s leading producers of aero engines for large civil aircraft and corporate jets. We are the second largest provider of defence aero engines in the world. Rolls-Royce is well established in the marine sector where we design vessels and integrate power systems. We have a growing presence in civil nuclear power, drawing on our skills and experience of over 50 years in powering nuclear submarines. Our MTU brand is world-renowned in high-speed diesel engines powering applications as diverse as rail locomotives and luxury yachts.
We support our customers through a worldwide network of offices, manufacturing and service facilities.

Rolls-Royce offers a wide range of opportunities across company. Joining Rolls-Royce means you could be working on awe-inspiring innovative projects, driving business-critical initiatives and learning from world-class professionals. Wherever you choose to hone your knowledge and develop expertise, you’ll be part of a company with a future every bit as exciting as its history. For more information on any of the schemes listed below, please see the Rolls-Royce Careers Website.

Head over to the Rolls Royce YouTube channel to find out more…

Apprenticeships

  • Apprenticeships – GCSE Level or Equivalent
    • Practical Apprenticeships
    • Technical Apprenticeships
  • Apprenticeships – A Level or Equivalent
    • Degree level apprenticeships from Engineering to Commercial; Management Accountancy to Project Management

Others

  • Internships
    • 6 to 12 month Internship placements across the business
    • 10-12 week Internship placement
  • Graduate Scheme
    • 18 – 30 month Graduate Programmes across the business from Engineering to Customer & Services Management; Procurement to Human Resources.
  • Work Experience
    • Practical and Technical Week long experiences across the business
Safran Landing Systems is the world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems. Company capabilities encompass the full life cycle of our products, ranging from design and manufacture to in-service support, repair and overhaul. Safran Landing Systems is a partner to 30 leading commercial, military, business and regional airframers, and supports more than 27,000 aircraft making over 54,000 landings every day. The company employs more than 7,000 staff working in locations across Europe, North America and Asia.

Head over to the Safran YouTube channel to find out more…

Apprenticeships

Our scheme involves academic or professional study, job specific, technical and soft skills training and number of placements within the organisation. We offer advanced and higher apprenticeships typically in the following areas;

  • Fitting, Machining
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Processing (NDT, Surface Finishes)
  • Facilities (Mechanical/Electrical)
  • Finance and Purchasing

Graduate Schemes

  • Graduate scheme – our 2 year rotational programme includes multiple rotations at one of our UK sites, as well as both a national and international placement.
    • All Engineering Disciplines
    • Supply Chain
    • Program Management
    • Human Resources

Others

  • Internships – from 5 weeks duration to a year placement, paid internships are available on a business-need basis only, and typically in the following areas:
    • Engineering
    • Materials & Processes
    • Purchasing
    • Finance
    • IS
  • Work experience – school students can experience a week’s placement, within one business area.