Apprenticeships in the transportation sector unlock the potential for career paths involving planes, trains, ships and their maintenance and logistics. Globalisation means that roles connecting people, places and things are in high demand.
Whether you aspire to be an airline pilot, a ship’s officer, an air traffic controller, a maintenance technician, a transport manager or a marine pilot, an apprenticeship will equip you with real-life experience to build a challenging and rewarding career.
Well-known employers include British Airways, Network Rail, DHL and Virgin Atlantic.
With the government creating more diverse apprenticeships across the transport industry, there are now a wide range of apprenticeships available. These range from Level 2 (equivalent to GCSEs) all the way up to Levels 6 and 7, which are the equivalent to degrees.
Apprentices in transport can explore civil engineering, traffic management and digital technology as well as automotive, airline and logistics, haulage, passenger transport operations and travel services.
A huge range of leading transport employers run apprenticeship programmes - from the Department of Transport to National Rail, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, The Royal Airforce, DHL, Unilever, a range of automotive manufacturers and many more.
An apprenticeship in transportation might be the right choice for you if you’re looking for a challenging role with an opportunity for growth. If you enjoy working as part of a team, collaborating with others and being active, this might be a good fit for you.
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- The industry is fast-paced, so no two days are the same.
- Many roles in the industry offer working patterns that give generous time off.
- There are lots of opportunities for progression.
- Some roles require shift work, including working nights and weekends.
- Work can be unpredictable with changes happening all the time.
- In some roles, the training demand is very high and carries a lot of responsibility.
In this vital industry that everyone relies on, apprenticeships are increasingly valued and more widely available than before. With an apprenticeship, you can earn while building on-the-job experience and gaining an industry-recognised qualification.
During the apprenticeship I rotated through different roles to get the broad experience I needed.
Dominik Karmalita, Apprentice at AB Ports
In the last five years, there has been significant government and private investment into developing apprenticeships in this sector. Employers offer apprentices ongoing support, continued education and development.
These apprenticeships are a great grounding and give the apprentices everything they need to go where they want with their career.
Amanda Viljoen, Employer at AB Ports
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