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Future Apprentice: Home grown talent for Safran Landing Systems MRO

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Written by: | Posted 19 April 2017 8:02

Future Apprentice: Home grown talent for Safran Landing Systems MRO

An aircraft equipped with our landing gear lands every 2.1 seconds – a fact that the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) division of Safran Landing Systems knows well as it is their business to maintain and repair the product in service.

In Gloucestershire, we have three Safran Landing Systems sites, nestled together near Staverton Airport – two are dedicated to landing gear design, qualification, manufacturing and support, and one site dedicated to MRO.

Between the three sites, we employ a valued team of over 1200 people which includes a strong future skill base group of apprentices, graduates and MSc students.

Apprentices in Safran Landing Systems MRO, from Year 1 through to Year 4 are taken into the fold under our leading apprenticeship framework. The apprenticeship experience on site focuses on the undertaking of both their individual NVQ qualifications, combined with hands on training within our facility.

Hands on and continuous learning is just one of the benefits to our apprentices during their four years training with us.

With the significant increase in volume and growth that we are seeing through the Safran Landing Systems MRO facility, we have the perfect platform to expose our apprentices to all aspects of the business, enabling them to gain experience in the varied activities that we see through our maintenance repair and overhaul shop.

Our aim is to provide a comprehensive understanding of all engineering aspects of the business – this is reinforced by the introduction of the Dual Skill NVQ Qualification.

Patrick Hanslow, apprentice co-ordinator said: “Our MRO facility has seen a significant increase in throughput of Landing Gears and associated components over the last 18 months - having a structured pathway for the apprentices not only gives them the exposure to the business, but also the satisfaction and a sense of achievement that they are contributing to our ever growing business under the guidance and expertise of our skilled workforce.

“This is reinforced with the completion of their training requirements – through to the end of their apprenticeship in year four.”

Our four year apprenticeship scheme covers:

First year - training at local G.E.T college, with time spent with us prior to starting with G.E.T and during the college holidays.

Second year -  one year rota rotation through key areas of the business (2 months in 6 sections across the site)

Third and fourth year - assigned to two final sections where they will complete their Dual Skill NVQ in Advanced Mechanical Engineering and their specialist subject.

More specific knowledge is gained and the apprentices begin to work on live jobs under supervision of an assigned trainer in each section. This will also include shadowing the shift pattern of the assigned trainer to gain as much knowledge as possible enabling them to complete their NVQ”.

Safran Landing Systems MRO in Gloucester is part of a global network of MRO dedicated sites and prides itself on its continuous enhancement of the apprenticeship scheme.

To have ‘home grown’ future skilled employees is fundamental in supporting our business – ensuring a continuous input of enthusiastic, creative individuals with the drive to learn, develop their technical knowledge and be part of a team and a world leading global company.

If you think you have what it takes to become part of our dynamic team, our recruitment campaign has started for our next 1st year intake - come and join us at one of our planned apprentice open evenings (24th / 26th April 2017).

To register your interest for further details, please email

Safran Landing Systems is the world leader in design, development, manufacture and in – service support of aircraft landing and braking systems. Our company supplies innovative landing gear solutions to 30 leading commercial, military, business and regional aircraft manufacturers and supports more than 25,000 aircraft in-service, with close to 900 airlines, making over 40,000 landings every day. We employ over 7,200 staff worldwide across 23 locations in Europe, North America and Asia.

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