New apprenticeships Aviation Ground Specialist

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This level 3 apprenticeship standard is for apprentices who wish to gain the skills, knowledge and behavioural competencies required to work within a aviation ground specialist role.

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An aviation operations specialist could work in a number of aviation environments, such as a commercial airport, military base/aerodrome, heliport or other airfield. Specialist roles, all focussed around the arrival, turnaround and departure of aircraft and maintaining an aviation operation, will include knowledge, skills and behaviours to complete complex aviation tasks and may include supervision of others to enable compliance with regulations through a safe, secure and effective aviation operation. These functions may include loading and unloading of aircraft, air traffic control (ATC), movement of aircraft and vehicles airside and the management of passengers both airside and landside. The functions all work as part of a combined team, within which communication with wider colleagues and other stakeholders is essential and the aviation operations specialist plays a key part of a coherent operation.

The specialist functions this standard covers are:

  • aircraft handling
  • aircraft movement
  • fire fighter
  • flight operations
  • passenger operations.

Mandatory requirements

In order to meet the apprenticeship standards, apprentices must achieve:

  • minimum of Level 2 English
  • minimum of Level 2 Maths.



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