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Apprenticeships at Virgin Atlantic

Our apprenticeship programmes are an amazing opportunity for ambitious and passionate individuals to gain new knowledge and skills. Why not fall in love with a new and exciting career? You’ll earn whilst you learn, be given real responsibility, and be supported by the best in the business as your career takes off with us.

“Our people are centric to our business operation and our ongoing ambition to be the most loved travel company. Our expanding apprenticeship programmes support our ambition by building and growing amazing talent, whilst retaining core capabilities, as our people develop throughout their career journeys.”

Estelle Hollingsworth, Chief People Officer

Discover more about our wide range of apprenticeship schemes and how you could join us as an apprentice in the video below.

Why become an Engineering apprentice?

As a Level 3 Engineering apprentice you will enrol onto a 3-year training programme, the first 9 months will be based offsite in Gloucestershire with an industry leading training provider (it’s a long time to be away from home, so we provide you with stunning accommodation).

You will be working on live aircraft, whilst developing dexterity and communication skills.

The programme gives apprentices the opportunity to gain an academic qualification alongside live exposure to an Engineering operation. In the latter stage of the programme, our experienced Engineering team will spend time mentoring our apprentices as they work out of our London Gatwick and London Heathrow operations.

What are you waiting for? Take control and Engineer your future today.

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Why become a Finance apprentice?

As a Finance apprentice, you will begin your exciting 4-year journey working towards qualifying as a Level 7 financial accountant. You will get access to amazing training and support from talented finance experts and be exposed to our working capital, financial accounting and finance business partnering teams. Gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience to become a well-rounded finance professional.

What are you waiting for? Fall in love with much more than numbers and a career that just adds up.

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Why become a Cabin Crew apprentice?

As someone who is new to the Crew world, you will fall in love with flying and get access to an amazing 14-month apprenticeship training programme. We think of our Crew as the 5th emergency service, superheroes of the sky and after your initial training you will be qualified to operate our fleet of amazing aircraft and deliver the outstanding service that has made us world famous. Your development coach will help you to reflect on your learning journey whilst preparing you to undertake your industry qualification.

From relaxing on the beach in the Caribbean to shopping in Manhattan or cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge, what are you waiting for? Apply now and land yourself an opportunity of a lifetime.

Who are we looking for?

We look for people from all walks of life who embrace responsibility and a desire to learn the skills and knowledge for success. You will boost your confidence by training in a real work environment, gaining valuable skills whilst building strong relationships with great people across the business. If you’re committed, engaged and have a desire to learn we would love to hear from you.

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What do our apprentices say?

We know apprenticeships are a great way to learn a new skill, within Virgin we have candidates who are also studying higher level role specific apprenticeships so we firmly believe they are for everyone. If the above hasn’t already convinced you, below gives you a flavour of what our apprentices think of our programmes.

Albie, Apprenticeships & Skills Manager

“My role is all about shaping the strategy for our apprenticeship programmes across the business, but I’m also an apprentice myself, studying for my CIPD. This means I get to live and breathe the experience and in turn, can ensure we do the best by our apprentices, and really provide a strong showcase for aviation apprenticeships” 

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Click here to learn more about the HR apprenticeships standards.

Rebecca, Apprentice Engineering

“My current role is being an aircraft engineer apprentice for Virgin Atlantic Airways, joining the Virgin family and choosing to be an engineer was the best decision I’ve ever made. You will never find a company which supports or loves its employees just like Virgin Atlantic does. It would be a mistake not to accept a job for Virgin!”

Click here to learn more about the Engineering apprenticeship standards.

Anthony, Apprentice Cabin Crew

“Our cabin crew group have built a great team, being from different backgrounds we are supporting each other especially when its comes to the exams. I’ve enjoyed completing the apprenticeship log, I’ve loved reflecting on what I’ve learnt. Taking my first trip to China has just added to my experience.”


Click here to learn more about the Cabin Crew apprenticeship standards