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Job Title : Aircraft Research Association - Design Engineering Apprentice
Employer : Aircraft Research Association Limited
Location : Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK41 7PF
Position Type : Apprenticeship
Sector : Engineering
Vacancy Reference : VAC-11811
Brief Description : ARA (Aircraft Research Association Limited) are looking to recruit a Design Engineering Apprentice. The successful candidate will follow a training syllabus to develop capabilities and skills required for the role.


Qualifications Required : At least 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) at Grades A - C (9-4) (must include Mathematics, English and Science). Additional STEM related GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above would be highly advantageous.
Vacancy Detail : ARA (Aircraft Research Association Limited) are looking to recruit four apprentices in Design Engineering Apprentice. The successful candidate will follow a training syllabus to develop capabilities and skills required for the role. ARA (Aircraft Research Association Limited) is a leading UK based aerodynamics research company with an international customer base and a worldwide reputation in aerospace. The company operates a world class Transonic Wind Tunnel test facility, alongside a design and manufacturing unit and an aerodynamics consultancy group. Our apprentices and all our employees are based on one site, here in Manton Lane, Bedford with the initial training undertaken full time at a local college for up to three months. After this initial training, you will transfer back to the site to learn from our experienced engineers, and work towards an NVQ Level 3. Other required qualifications, such as technical certificates, are obtained through day release at local colleges or delivered on site over the following 3-4 years.

Starting in September 2019 we are looking to recruit a Design Engineering Apprentice. It is a competitive selection process, we look for the best candidates but for those who are successful, the opportunity to train on the job (and be paid while you learn) is hard to match.

Engineering Services Department
Engineering Services is responsible for servicing and maintaining all plant and equipment crucial to the site. This includes the Transonic Wind Tunnel, machines used in the manufacture of high precision engineered wind tunnel models together with more general site and building maintenance. Supporting this team, we are looking to recruit apprentices in Engineering with a view to undertaking an Engineering Apprenticeship. Each successful candidate will follow a training syllabus to develop capabilities and skills required for the role. The training will be delivered on the job. Day release attendance at college on a weekly basis will form part of the training in support of studying towards a relevant City and Guilds Advanced Craft or BTEC National Diploma (ONC/OND and/or HNC) qualifications.

The Design Engineering Apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity to join a highly experienced team and become a qualified Design Engineer. During the apprenticeship candidates will have the opportunity to design high quality, bespoke components; gaining extensive practical and theoretical technical knowledge in the process. You will be involved in a myriad of designs and witness them being progressed into component form and fitment onto our wind tunnel model for subsequent testing. This will ultimately give you a deep understanding of all the products and services ARA offers.

EXAMPLE :- The duties of this Design Engineering role will include but not be limited to:
1. To learn a range of mechanical fitting skills and technics while building mechanical assemblies for our range of Ultra precision grinding and turning machines.
3. Learn how to use CAD packages to design the mechanical assemblies.
4. Learn how to project engineer and project manager machine builds.
5. Learn how to design high quality, bespoke components using different types of elements.
6. Learn to analyse aerodynamic performance data and contribute to the development of tools and methods.
Positions Available : 1
Working Week : 40 hrs pw Mon-Fri 8:30am - 5pm
Salary : £250.00 Per Week
Application Deadline Date : 16/06/2019
Possible Start Date : 09/09/2019
Personal Qualities : Candidates must be enthusiastic and self-motivated to learn new skills and apply that knowledge.
Skills Required :  Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
 Accurate with a good attention to detail and ability to multi-task and prioritise.
 Computer literate; good Microsoft office skill.
 Works well as part of a team.
 Ability to think logically and solve problems.
 Flexible attitude and approach, willing to go the extra mile.
Future Prospects : To progress on to a higher level apprenticeship following the successful completion of their apprenticeship.
Training to be Provided : The qualifications you will study to achieve will depend on your chosen pathway, and include:

NVQs (work-based learning)

Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma
Engineering Maintenance NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma
Fabrication and Welding Engineering NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma
Engineering Technical Support NVQ Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Technical Certificates (classroom-based learning)

Fabrication and Welding Engineering Technology Level 3 Diploma
EAL Engineering Technology Level 3 Diploma.

You will also have the opportunity to achieve the following additional qualifications:

English, maths and ICT Functional Skills
Employee Rights and Responsibilities
Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.
Other Information : Candidates must attend an initial interview with a member of the Bedford College Apprenticeship Recruitment Team and complete an online maths and English test which will be sent out prior to your initial interview if you meet the entry criteria. Please note this is part of the recruitment process and must be completed in order for your application to be progressed to the next stage.

**Please be aware that due to high volume of candidates, this vacancy closing date is subject to change!**
Things to consider : The successful candidates must satisfy security clearance requirements. This will include at least 5 years continuous UK residency.
All apprenticeships have a starting salary of circa £13k together with a good benefits package, including 26 days holidays plus Bank Holidays.
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